The photo above helps illustrate the sheer scale of the project. Visible are the Vestry, Chancel and Organ Chamber roofs, with the large North Nave and Aisle roofs just behind them. Once again Paul Middlemiss of PWM Platforms was on hand to allow high level access. This enabled our collection of experts from John Drewett Ecology, Geoff Neal Roofing and Ferrey and Mennim Architects to reach the necessary parts of the roof. An inspection was also carried out of the East face of the Tower, which requires repointing as part of the project.
John Drewett and Emma Herod were there to look for signs of bats (although nothing was found), of course the delay followed by warmer weather meant any bats present would have already woken up from hibernation. Our ecologists will return next month to carry out emergence surveys which will help us find out if any bats use the church during the breeding season.
Our thanks go to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) without whom these investigations would never have been possible: