We have recently completed an application to the Diocese of Bristol for plans to decommission our former Ashes Rose Garden which is now closed for further burials.
This applies for permission to make improvements to the Rose Garden to make it a more beautiful, manageable and fitting memorial to the over 1,300 Swindonians who are remembered there.
Over the years, the ground has become infertile and many of the plants are old and diseased. Due to the obvious sensitivities involved, we have proceeded carefully with our thinking and have consulted widely with experts in design and horticulture.
You can read the application here. The application process calls for a period of consultation with the public for a period of 30 days.
We held a special service on July 28th to celebrate the work done on our new roof.
The project to replace the roof is the culmination of a major renewal programme which began back in 2013 with the new community centre building. This was followed in 2017 by a complete internal renewal of the church which saw the replacement of the old heating system, new energy efficient and modern lighting, improvements to our sound and video capability as well as a beautiful new wooden floor.
All these changes represent a once in a generation, investment by the church and its supporters in the life of the local community. The newly revitalised buildings act as host to services, weddings, funerals, major civic events, beer festivals, Christmas markets, concerts and other performances, community cinema shows, dancing classes and a wide variety of activities.It seems fitting that this final phase, tops off this renewal with a new roof and insulation upgrade for the church itself.
The service was attended by our Lord and Lady Mayor, Robert Buckland our MP and Robert Skinner our roofing contractor and members of his family and team. Thanks were given for all those who have made the roof project a success and particular thanks was given for those, no longer with us, whose generosity in the form of legacies, enabled much of the work to proceed. Pamela Gilbert, Peter Ford, John Sondermann, John & Aila English, John Plaister and Ken Trennary.
Present : Stephen Grosvenor, Mike Palmer, Reg Hardwick, Daniel Pitt
Item 1. SG opened with a prayer.
Item 2. Minutes of last meeting (21/01/19) – reviewed and accepted. Any outstanding items have been are included in the agenda for this meeting.
Item 3. Budget 2019 and monitoring of payments – Discussion on the specifics of how this might be achieved. Since our buildings budget is so small this year, we need to monitor and agree expenditure. Stephen to discuss with Andrew our Treasurer and Ian Hamilton/ Helen how payments are managed and recorded.
Item 4. – Christ Church & St Mary’s Projects.
DAC submission for Remembrance Garden. Passed to Chancellor for final approval but he has a question before grant of faculty. Stephen has forwarded this to Simon and the committee for consideration and reply to Janet Saxon/The Chancellor. Ian Handy is proceeding to provide an estimate of costs for the planned works. This will inform the budget process.
Progress on roof. Despite poor weather at times, the roof replacement continues. The chancel and east facing transept roofs and organ roofs are all complete and the new ridge tiles are soon to be fixed in place.
We agreed the final draft of a report on the project cost estimates for the March PCC meeting. This is attached to these minutes.
Sound System – the reconfiguration of the sound controller is complete and should make the operation of the sound system significantly simpler.
Gas repairs – thanks to Daniel for his dogged pursuit of the outstanding documentation for the Gas heating system from Bayes. We are still awaiting a response to our request for
Gas safe certificate
The original drawings with pipe dimensions
2 A1 copies of the heating schematic for the files
A certificate/acknowledgement of the Gerberit guarantee on our pipe joints (which should be a life time guarantee).
Also thanks to Dan for managing the recent repair to the Bosch heat exchanger which was done under guarantee. The new exchanger is guaranteed for a further 5 years.
Item 5 Victoria Road. All is going well at Firestorm games. Mike is producing a quarterly invoice for the rental.
Item 6 – Community Centre – The doors and locks are still causing some issues. Stephen will pick up with Chris.
Item 7 St Mary’s – Chris has submitted final costs for outstanding items for the refurbishment
Item 8 – Other properties:
31 – some queries on the electrics in the kitchen – these are not dangerous but may require attention in the future. Gary has still not produced a quote for the new shower.
32 Rob Skinner has looked at the roof and cannot see a problem.
Item 9 Any other business
Next Meeting: May 22nd 7.30pm Wheatsheaf Public House
As part of our continuing renewal work this year, we intend to make extensive repairs to the church roof and organ as well as repair the South Transept window,improve exterior lighting and make repairs to St Mary’s church.
The major works to the organ require us to obtain a faculty – effectively permission from the Diocese to carry out the work.
As part of this, we are required to advertise the scope and nature of the works for a period of not less than 28 days to allow public objections to be heard by the Dicoese.
You can download the notice on the link below or view it on the church noticeboards. Full details of who to apply to are provided on the notice, The expiry date for objections is 17th April 2018
For some years Christ Church has been planning a renovation project which aims to make the building more accessible, warmer, lighter and more flexible for use by both its congregation and the local community. This involves the installation of new heating and lighting systems, a new wooden floor giving level access across the church, improved audio and visual facilities as well as the removal of the side aisle pews and a new storage area in the North transept. The central pews will be retained as now although the 3 smaller pews at the rear of the church will also be removed to enable new radiator positions and to provide more space in the welcome area.
You can also download the key information from the links below: