The very good news is that repairs to the fabric of St Michael’s are now COMPLETE! The vestry chimney, the last piece needing attention, has been reconstructed and funds are in place to meet the final repair costs.
This means that the steering committee can at last turn its joint attention to plans for the interior, beginning with the creation of a meetings room, plus facilities such as toilets and kitchen, at the west end.
We have said goodbye to Nicky Salomé Bentley and Ann Arkell, former churchwardens, and to Peter Durrant our Clerk of Works. Ann and Myles, Peter and Margaret have moved away from Leafield to be nearer their families. We are so grateful for all they
have done and wish them well. Nicky’s husband Simon is now churchwarden and still
Project Treasurer. We welcome new committee member Jamie Summers.
The 2017 ChiliFest and Christmas Fayre were happy and successful occasions, raising
awareness and fundraising for the Project.
The completion of the repairs to St Michael has been hampered by the discovery that the ornamental chimney over the vestry is a potential hazard and in any case needs attention, at a cost of £16,000. A new application for a faculty has to be made and fresh funds obtained. However it is a real possibility that this will be dealt with by the end of this year and then work on the interior can begin at last.
There have been some fundraising events in the village meanwhile. An experiment last year was a ChilliFest, which was so successful that it will be repeated this year. The Leafield Chrisitmas Fayre and the village fete were also happy occasions.
Both to raise funds and maintain awareness of the Project, an Original Art Sale was held in Leafield Village Hall on April 1, 2017.
St Michael’s Church has a beautiful new roof. There continued to be problems with the valleys and gutters in heavy rain, and it was necessary to attach two chutes to some the outflow pipes to take water away from the walls at the west end. The interior is already warmer and drier as the result of the repair work and improved drainage...
As a result of the substantial grants from English Heritage and WREN, and the kind and generous response from Leafield villagers, work started on repairs to the roof and rainwater goods in April 2013 and will be completed by September 13. The chosen tender was submitted by Croft Conservation, a company experienced in specialist ecclesiastical building. The new tiles come from a local quarry.
The Project St Michael's Launch Party held on the 28th September 2012 was a huge success - you can read an account of it here
in addition to the grant from English Heritage already promised, we received news on August 11 of a grant of £50,000 towards repairs from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).
English Heritage makes a large grant to Project St Michael
English Heritage have announced that they (and the Trustees of the National Heritage Fund) have offered a grant of £24,000 towards necessary investigations concerned with the main repairs to St Michael's, plus an "in principle" offer of £171,000 towards the costs of the main repairs. They have also offered access to other heritage funds which would bring in a further £50,000 towards the cost of repairs. This gives impetus to our plans, to make the building sound and for the project as a whole.
......Restoration, Re-ordering, Renewal
- To repair and renovate a Grade II* listed church in active use - Restoration
- To transform it with care for wider use by the community - Re-ordering
- To invigorate the life of Church and Community - Renewal
- A questionnaire survey of local residents to gather their views
- Extensive planning with church architects
- Consultation with concerned bodies eg Victorian Society, English Heritage
- Application to the Oxford Diocesan Advisory Commitee for a faculty to begin work
- Public display of the plans
- Faculty obtained after 5 years of planning and consultation
|Fundraising- how are we doing?
So far we have raised over £30,000
Please Click Here to view the fundraising details or Click Here to make a donation.
Total Cost - £532,185
Essential Repair - £181,410 << click price to view details
Reordering - £350,775 << click price to view details
- Applications for grants and donations from variety of sources
- Fundraising events
- Major launch of appeal
- Work to be completed in phases as already agreed with architects
- Growth in use of church as work pregresses
- Major celebration of successful conculsion of Project St Michael