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the re-ordering begins

Phase 1

In mid-October, the PCC approved the expenditure of up to £200,000 on the first phase of the church re-ordering which has been occupying our thoughts since the sale of the Parish Hall in mid-2015. The PCC further approved the awarding of the contract for the main building work to Duckett Building Services of Burton, near Carnforth, a well-respected and well-recommended firm of builders who are widely known in the area.

Five companies were asked to submit their bids, including two from Grange, and the architect and the PCC were unanimous in choosing Ducketts. The work is scheduled to take 18 weeks and should already have commenced when this edition of the Magazine is published. The building contract comprises:-

  - new masonry retaining wall and paved area at the west end with path to car park

 - the installation of a new drain and water supply around the perimeter to the new kitchen

 - a new fitted kitchen in the existing vestry

 - a new servery hatch set into the existing opening (to be unblocked)

 - new storage units in the social space constructed from the existing pews

 - a new office and flower room to be constructed in the existing meeting room

 - new storage units in the corridor beside the new office

 - alterations to the existing kitchen to form a new WC, store and kitchenette

 - a new metal double-glazed office window set in the existing opening

 - electrical services to the altered areas, including the new kitchen and external lights

 - minor alterations to the existing heating system. 

Additionally, we shall be looking at arranging or fitting:- 

  • External works – new plants, edging, gardening works, new notice boards

  • Kitchen equipment – some additional items including a wall-mounted water heater:

  • Railings to new terrace –which will need to go round the NW corner of the new path (a grant for this work will be sought)

  • External lighting – to the new terrace and path

  • Chancel lighting – perhaps not strictly re-ordering, but needed

  • A new double-glazed clerestory window

  • New floor covering in the social area

It is an exciting and ambitious project which presents its difficulties to us as a congregation. The external work will involve excavation and cause damage to our garden, and at the same time the contractors will start work on the new Office and Flower Room in the current Meeting Room. The new Kitchen and Servery will then be formed and fitted out in the existing Choir Vestry/temporary office, along with pew stripping and the new social area. The final part of this work will be the conversion of the existing Kitchen to a new kitchenette, WC and storage area. There will clearly be internal disruption during all this.

The contractors will need access (through the rear door and the south porch) and space to store their equipment, all involving fencing and hoarding which will reduce car parking space quite considerably and restrict access through the rear door. Access via the main church door will be maintained, although the main path up from the road will be narrowed by the fencing to protect the site. Usable internal space in the church will be reduced and there will inevitably be some dust and dirt thrown up; and, in order to facilitate the contractors’ work, we are moving our Wednesday morning 10.00 a.m. Communion service to the Fell church for the duration of the contract. Our normal inside routines WILL inevitably be disrupted and the Building Development Group asks for your patience and tolerance during this period. We shall not be holding a Christmas Tree Festival nor an Autumn or Christmas Fair this year but Christmas services will be as normal.


Disabled access through the rear door will be maintained on Sundays:  we are still (at the time of writing) to clarify a number of details with the contractors. However, in general terms, the rear door will not be available for access except by arrangement with them. We shall keep the information flowing on this and other areas of difficulty as the situation progresses. The churchwardens will be available to help with problems so do please contact Christine (on 32013) or Mike (33511) if in doubt or need. We have also written separately to our neighbours close to St. Paul to advise them of what is taking place.


The next few months are not going to be easy but the final result will, we are confident, meet the expectations and requirements of all. And then there will be other building issues to address.....