Looking after the building
It costs about £1,000 per week to maintain St Peter’s Church building (excluding large unexpected items of maintenance) that hosts our services, celebrations and events and which is freely open to all. Yet, we are entirely self-funded, receiving no money from the State or the Anglican Church for this purpose. Your gift, however small or large, makes all the difference in the struggle to keep this Grade II* listed building in a state of good repair.
The church and churchyard are inspected by a professionally qualified architect once every five years. The last inspection was in April 2013 and it recommended a 27 repairs and related prioritised actions to be taken in the following 6 months, 18 months and within 5 years. The PCC is determined to keep pace with the inevitable deterioration of the building and has little real choice but to allocate sufficient funds for this purpose.
Occasionally, as occurred in 2008 the Chancel roof had to be completely stripped and re-roofed in green Westmorland slates. Then in 2011 significant repairs were required to the North aisle parapet and buttresses. In 2013 the Bell Tower had to be sound proofed. These are examples of the kind of more significant and costly repairs that are fairly regularly required.
Repairs which are currently required
Among the repairs which are required are the following:
- Replacement of broken and slipped slates to the Tower and Nave roofs
- Repair of a lead downpipe to the Tower
- Repointing of plinths, coping stones and stair pinnacles
- Repair of masonry to stair pinnacles
- Repair of turret stair and flashing
- Repair of lead flashings to cills of clerestory windows
- Gutter repairs in several places
- Repair of pulpit balustrade
- Replacement of ridge tiles to lychgate
- Plaster repairs
- Repair of ringing chamber windows
- Repair of broken churchyard masonry, fencing and railings