All Saints Church

New Extension...

All St Church
plans of west elevation - click to enlarge
The possibility of an extension to the church to house a toilet suitable for the disabled together with kitchen area was first considered in October 2005. After many months of discussion, planning, hard work and fundraising, enough money was raised towards the project to enable the build to commence in 2007. Grants were applied for and obtained with some of the costs being met by the Parochial Church Council and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
ground floor plans - click to enlarge
The original estimated cost for the build was 50,000. However, due to unforeseen constructional problems and the need to change the main contractor partway through the build programme the final cost was almost double that of the original estimate.
The small porch like extension consists of a toilet, tea bar and small meeting area. These improvements will enable the church to open its doors for village groups to use and to widen its activities for the benefit of the community as a whole. This page gives a narrative of the build, along with links to a gallery of images and fundraising events, all being regularly updated.

 site of new extension

The work began on 9th July 2007, mostly carried out by specialist contractors, Railton Price of Winterton, Scunthorpe, with an original estimated completion time of 14 weeks. The excavations were dug with great care to a depth of approximately 6ft and inevitably a number of marked graves had to be moved in the process. During the process further graves were found lower down, of which there were no records and some appeared to have been quite badly disturbed and scattered by later burials. All remains found were treated with the utmost respect, details were recorded and all were reburied elsewhere in the graveyard with a proper burial service on 26th July 2007.
There were some interesting finds. Remains were discovered beneath the blocked up arched doorway, which being the oldest part of the church, possibly makes it one of the oldest graves.
A further grave, believed to be Victorian, was found encased in bricks and covered by Yorkshire stone slabs. Inside there was a shield and a metal cross, leading to the belief that this may have been someone of quite high standing, possibly military. Rather mysteriously the skeleton had no lower legs! The local History Group are currently carrying out some research in an attempt to identify this person.
 old cement rendering coming off ...

During the excavations it was discovered that the buttresses, which had been standing for several hundred years, had no foundations whatsoever and there appeared to be no subsidence.
These have now been underpinned with shuttered concrete to the full depth of the excavation due to the soil being unavoidably disturbed.
...lime mortar going on
The original Victorian cement rendering on the west wall was found to be in a poor condition and had to be removed. This was replaced with new lime mortar rendering, requiring two layers with time allowed for drying out in between. In August the hardcore was put down, the ground prepared for concrete foundations and services were laid. September saw the laying of the foundations with the concrete being specially mixed on site.

 concrete foundations almost complete
Also started in September were the cavity walls built of concrete blocks with insulation in between and lime mortar rendering on the outside. Stone cladding, cut by the Stonemasons at Lincoln Cathedral, was later added to the lower outer walls just below the windows of the extension. Buttresses were built into the outer corners also with stone cladding.
 walls and roof up and tiles on
The main windows, one on either side of the extension, were made of a design to match the others in the church, with stone surrounds. A much smaller window of similar construction was fitted into the top of the gable end wall. The roof, begun in September, is of Welsh slate tiles. The guttering and down pipes are of black Heritage Cast Aluminium. The extension was eventually surrounded by natural stone and gravel paving.

outer door unblocked
At the beginning of October the church doorway, believed to have been blocked up in Victorian times, was finally reopened. It was found to be a depth of almost 4ft and had been filled in with a great deal of various kinds of rubble. The original iron hinges were discovered still attached to the doorway. Once uncovered the surround of the inside of the doorway, which is much higher than the outside, was found to be quite ornamental and dramatic.
inner door unblocked
The height was probably to accommodate processions taking place in the earlier years. A deep recess in the door frame was also uncovered believed created to accommodate a large beam used to barricade the door in times of attack. Research is currently being carried out to discover whether it is Norman or Saxon. It was planned to make this a feature within the church and was eventually fitted with a solid oak door, the arched surround of the outer doorway left uncovered still visible from the extension side. The extension flooring was lined with thick insulation and covered by screed.

stone work and buttresses complete and windows fitted
Due to unforeseen circumstances all outside work ceased temporarily in early December 2007, leading to the requirement of extra funding, which inevitably meant the build would take a little longer to complete. Work eventually recommenced in February 2008 with different contractors. Good progress was made starting with the completion of the stone cladding of the lower walls and buttresses.
stone cross on gable end
Natural Stone slabs were laid as edging to the paving around the extension with gravel added at a later stage. Low hedging was also added later, surrounding the extension. The small Ancaster stone cross, cut by the Stonemasons of Lincoln Cathedral, was added to the gable end of the extension and has 2008 engraved beneath it on the roof stone capping. Early March 2008 saw the delivery and fitting of the two side windows made of leaded glass with brass frames and small ventilation panels. The final lime mortar rendering of the walls was completed at the beginning of April. The Alumasc Heritage Cast Standard guttering and down pipes were delivered and fitted later that month.

tea bar
Fortunately, the delay of outside work did not prevent work continuing on the inside. This being carried out by a local contractor, with the fitting of the tea bar, toilet and meeting area completed. All inside walls have been plastered and the reception area has wood block flooring, oak tongue and groove ceiling, a radiator fitted along with storage cupboards. The tea bar has flooring of a sealed composite material, ceiling as reception area, oak wall and floor units, a sink unit and hot water boiler.
completed extension

The toilet, built to disabled specifications, has a ledged and braced oak door, part tiled walls, the same flooring as the tea bar area, plastered ceiling, plus a radiator. The plumbing and mains sewage connection were completed later that year. It was found that the inside of the north aisle wall had a serious damp problem due to the use of cement rendering by the Victorians. This led to the rendering being removed from part of the wall and a window and new rendering of lime mortar being added which when dry was followed by a coating of emulsion.

The Bishop of Sherwood cutting the ribbon
Daffodil bulbs were planted, beside the bushes surrounding the outside of the extension, in 2008 and tulip bulbs in 2009, both donated by the Parish Council. The extension was finally completed on 2nd March 2009. The first major event held in the church making full use of the new facilities was a concert given by Lincolnshire Hospitals Brass Band to which 140 people attended and was considered a great success.

On Sunday 1st November 2009 the extension was officially opened and blessed incorporated in an All Saints Day Service with a dedication of the Local Ecumenical Partnership. The service was attended by invited representatives of the many charities and other bodies and by individuals who had so generously contributed to the total cost of the extension. The Service was lead by The Rt Revd. Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood and Revd Dr David Perry, Chairman of Lincoln and Grimsby Methodist District. After the service all attending were invited to enjoy the refreshments served in the church.

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