DURING THE RESTORATION THE MAJOR PART OF THE CHURCHYARD IS OPEN TO ALL. UNFORTUNATELY HEALTH AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS MEAN THAT THE ORANGE NETTING INDICATES WHERE PUBLIC ACCESS IS RESTRICTED.
IF YOU WISH TO PLACE FLOWERS ON A GRAVE IN THE RESTRICTED AREA, THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE CONTRACTOR WHEN HE IS ON SITE OR AT YOUR OWN RISK WHEN HE IS NOT.
ANY PROBLEMS SHOULD FIRST BE DISCUSSED WITH THE CONTRACTOR WHEN HE IS ON SITE. AT ALL OTHER TIMES PLEASE CONTACT JOHN PEARCE ON 07740421393
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This page aims to keep up with the progress of the restoration process and the ups and downs that there will inevitably be.
Although we have the majority of the necessary funds we are still short by approx £10,000 - so some compromise will have to be made unless we can find the extra. Can you help please? Click here!
Some interesting artefacts have been found in the ancient roof space including a small painted wooden piece and decorative carved trefoil thought to be from a rood screen dating from the 14th or 15th century! There was also a wooden plank cut with an axe with the name of the Victorian master builder carved on it in c1860. He was John Westlake of 79 Fore Street, Camelford.
Also an early carved capital that was found filling a gap in the south aisle wall. It is thought that it could be from an earlier church/chapel and dated around 1150 AD. It is from the top of a door pillar for the door arch to rest on.
Unfortunately the roof timbers have been found to be in much worse condition that was originally thought during the opening up inspection. The medieval oak rafters are so rotten in places that pieces of wood have disappeared, although the wood that remains is as hard as rock. The Victorian restoration 150 years ago used rather light weight pinewood and extensive A frames and tethering are now required to support the the roof. Sadly, the extra cost of strengthening the roof of the whole building is £50,000, but we have had generous emergency top up grants and donations that have reduced the deficit to £22,000. On top of this, the tower roof has just been found to have significant problems still under investigation. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? click here
The Good, The Bad and The Awful! Good progress was being made with the roofing work until the tower roof beam was recently investigated in August 2019 and found to be rotten and unsafe. Another big expense on top of everything else. Not a lucky find.
We need your help. CLICK HERE PLEASE!
THE BIG BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER.
With a great deal of extra funding needed, members of FOLC agreed to gang together with friends and relative to organise a BIG BREAKFAST at Camelford Hall. Together with some generous donations this has raised about £500 towards the repair of the tower roof. Another £19,500 is still needed!
NOW EMERGING FROM ITS CHRYSALIS!
The tip of the tower pokes its head out from the scaffold after a year inside. If you look carefully you will see the excellent repointing work and if you were up there you would find that the pinnacles are no longer about to fall down and the roof is repaired and watertight.
The ‘Great Restoration’ is coming to an end - even though we are still short of some much needed funds.
We will have to continue fund raising for a while!
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