link for North Aisle
project information and fundraising leaflet
: The Crypt's large new hall was
used for the first time on 2nd July when 120 parishioners gathered for a lovely
celebration of Canon Philip's 25th anniversary of his ordination as a priest in
the Plymouth Diocese and also his 55 years of ministry in holy orders. ... The
remaining architectural stone work around the windows etc is progressing well as is the outer
June 2023: Work on the outside has
been proceeding well for several months since the remaining, long delayed,
architectural granite arrived. Other internal work also making good progress. Photos
are in the project folder on Dropbox. - Energy saving LED lighting
was installed in the church before Easter.
Contributions are still
very welcome towards all costs - see page 10 of fundraising
2022: Installation of
2 pairs of windows nearest to the Sacred Heart Altar.
Comprising 4 ‘Lancets’, they have been designed to mirror the 1868 Hardman windows in the Lady
Chapel. In consultation with Jamal Rafrey who made the Immaculate Conception window, and the Transfiguration window for the South Aisle in 2018.
The windows incorporate the ‘IHS’ symbol, and the ‘Agnus Dei’ - the Lamb of God.
Also the smaller floral hand-painted diamond shaped ‘Quarries’. Photos
are in the project folder on Dropbox.
2022: Great to see the new parclose screens erected in the sanctuary. Still awaiting
delivery of remainder of dressed silver granite in order to complete the external elevations of the North Aisle, North Porch & Cloister portions of the
building. Keep on praying that after holidays things may begin to move again ~
2022: We have been successful with 2 of the grants we have applied for, and so, we are able to carry out a lot of the work to create & develop the garden area for use, with suitable planting and lawns. This money granted, can only be used for this purpose. We are grateful to both The National Garden Scheme Community Award and The
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2022: With removal of most of the temporary internal
screening, Canon Philip writes: 'at last after about 180 years we can now capture the vision of the architect in 1841 of the completed
church. Obviously there is much more work to be completed, but the opened north aisle gives us that glimpse.'
Construction of phase
2 commenced in August 2020 following many years of detailed planning and the
phase 1 renovations. Phase 2 will provide more
seating for our congregation and visitors; improved external and internal
meeting and other facilities in the crypt, many other updates to latest standards,
inc insulation, low energy lighting, reduced maintenance costs, etc. Progress
has been slowed by Covid 19 but is well advanced. Principal
contractors are S.J. Quick and Sons Ltd of Crowlas,
with many local
skilled craftsmen, trades and suppliers. note: Phase 1 completed in 2018
for the 175th anniversary of the church (Gallery)
A short video slideshow from April
2021 is on our YouTube channel (or download)
photos on Dropbox - click a photo to start a
'slideshow', and see the visuals in the fundraising
Church is a Grade II listed church, see information
on the National Churches Trust website.
"Taking Stock" website has an article about our Church