A Task Force has been formed to look at ways of improving the facilities within the church building and to make it more welcoming and a useful space for the whole Gamlingay community. The Task Force has produced a Statement of Needs document (copy attached below) which lists and prioritises the changes envisaged. This document has been approved by the Parochial Church Council (PCC). A questionnaire is available for you to have your say on how the church building can be used in the future and what facilities would be needed. Please complete the download questionnaire at the bottom of this page. Please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper copies of the questionaire are also available at the back of Church or at the Eco Hub.
Summary of the recently completed repairs to St. Mary's Church
In December 2014 the church received a grant of £181,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to carry out essential repairs to the church roof and drainage system.
In addition the grant funded a new heating boiler and improvements to the heating system.
Work on the drainage started in February 2015 with the excavation of two new soakaways as well as the associated new drainage pipework. The rainwater downpipes from the roof were removed for shot blasting and repainting. The excavations were overseen by archaeologists and all findings, of which there were many, have been documented and, where necessary, reburied.
In April through to June 2015 work was carried out on the roof. The lead coverings on the vestry roof were replaced. The lead capping along the length of the nave was also replaced. A significant amount of repair work was carried out on both the north and south transept roofs to resolve long-term damp problems. Inside the tower improvements were made to roof access including a replacement ladder and a new hatch cover. At this time the rainwater downpipes were re-fitted along with the hoppers that were, in some cases, beyond repair and had to be replaced.
There was more damage than expected to the north transept roof and wall. This required additional repair work. As a result of this additional work two items were excluded from the project;
- laying of York stone slabs either side of the vestry pathway,
- repainting of the south porch wrought iron gates.
In October through to January 2016 work was carried out to improve the heating system. This included new trench heaters in the chancel and nave, new radiators in the vestry and at the base of the tower and a new boiler that is now sited at the base of the tower.
In October 2016 the south porch walls, having been repaired, were rendered and lime washed and the floor tiling repaired.
In addition to the building works;
- heritage boards have been produced that give visitors a historic timeline and identify points of interest around the building,
- two heritage trails with guides have been created for our younger visitors, one aimed at children aged 5 to 9 years and the other for the 10 to 15 age group,
- the church has its own website www.gamlingaychurch.co.uk
All work is now complete and we are enjoying a warm and dry church building that will continue to be a focal point for the local community.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery.