Repairs to church bellcote

When the scaffolding was removed from the roof on September 1 2017, the congregation of All Saints church, Sinan, were able to get their first view of the new Oak bellcote in position, and it looked beautiful.

After what seemed like a long time with a leaking roof causing concern among the congregation and then finding out that the bellcote needed replacing and all the financial worries about where the money was going to come from, the bellcote was now in place

 

The problem with the bellcote initially came to light when rainwater started to discolour the ceiling in the church, however it took a few months to identify the source of the leak. . For a few months heavy rain in a certain direction resulted in ingress of water through the roof into the church. It took a while to find a specialist contractor to investigate the cause, but with the help of the Churches Conservation and Development officer in the Diocesan office one was eventually contacted. The investigation identified that the legs of the bellcote which passed through the slated roof had wet rot.

Damaged Bellcote

While a temporary repair was carried out on one of the legs, it was pointed out that the deterioration in the timber meant that the bellcote would have to be replaced or removed and the roof made good. The need for this action was confirmed by the churches architect.

Quotations were received and a faculty drawn up, the total cost came to over £10,000, which was a large sum for a small church to find. However, with the help of the Diocesan Funding Administrator,  information on sources of grant aid was found and applications sent in to 6 organisations

The response to the requests for grant aid was excellent and the full amount that we could receive was reached (because the building is not listed we had to pay VAT on the repair cost.,

The selected contractor, Harrison Specialist Joinery, removed the old bellcote on July 28th and work on manufacturing the new unit commenced. It only took a month and on  September 1 the scaffolding came down to allow the first sight of the new bellcote in position, and it looked wonderful.