Repair works start at St Michael’s Church, Cwmafan, South Wales

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014


In 2013, the National Churches Trust awarded St Michael's Church in Cwmafan, South Wales, a £10,000 grant for urgent repairs to its tower and spire.

We're delighted to report that repair works at this beautiful church started in March and are due to be completed in August 2014. With the specialist support of one of the National Churches Trust Professional Trades Directory members, Caroe & Partners, scaffolding has gone up to support essential parts of the tower, while expert stone masons have begun the repairs.

Trudy Knowles, Vicar’s Warden  and Secretary to the Parochial Church Council, pictured below, said: “The restoration looks fabulous and the work of the stonemasons is truly wonderful to see – they really are very skilled.”

Caroe & Partners have advised the church on the technical aspects of repair and will be closely monitoring the works.  Since its foundation in 1884 by W.D. Caroe, the company has specialised in the care of historic buildings and imaginative new buildings on a range of sensitive sites. They bring extensive experience and a scholarly approach to the care of historic buildings.

Michael Vaughan RIBA, assigned to the project from Caroe & Partners, said: “The work is progressing very well. We have a very good contractor undertaking the repairs and feel confident in their workmanship and approach to this type of work. The parish have done extremely well to raise the funds for the project, including for re-pointing and grouting of the tower. The improvements to the church have been received positively by the local community. In fact, there will be an open day next month where we’ve invited local schools and members of the community to come down and visit the works. We will be running short presentations explaining the repairs and the philosophy behind them.”

Of great benefit

The repair project will be of great benefit to the village of Cwmafan which places great value on the church building, its grounds and the church hall. Ensuring St Michael's is in good repair will be of great benefit to worshippers and also those taking part in community activities in the church buildings, which includes Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, a parent and toddlers group, Young Explorers, a fitness group, and the Mothers' Union.

Trudy with spire

Earlier this year, Trudy Knowles, Vicar’s Warden  and Secretary to the Parochial Church Council thanked the National Churches Trust for its support, saying: “On behalf of the Parochial Church Council and parishioners, and the wider community of Cwmafan, I would like to say a big thank you to you and the trustees. We are truly grateful; this grant offer has been a huge boost to our efforts.”