St Michael’s dates from the 14th century. It was restored in the early 19th century, and rebuilt in the 1870s. Built of stone, flint, and septaria with stone dressings, it has plain red-tiled roofs with pierced and scalloped ridge tiles and cross finials. The east window in the chancel has a trefoiled roundel, with stone and flint dressings. There is a large west tower of three stages with diagonal buttresses, and a raised octagonal stair turret.
The project will deal with urgent structural repairs. There are large vertical cracks in the east wall where it has moved away from the other walls due to subsidence. Parts of the church are roped off and unsafe because of falling masonry, meaning the organ cannot be played. Without the repairs the building is at risk of closure. The wall will be stabilised with reinforced concrete beams, then the damage will be repaired and the internal plasterwork will be made safe.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
Appoint a small but engaged sub-group to meet regularly on their own and with the project contractors to keep a close handle on what was being done and when.
This sub-group should then provide regular updates to the PCC
Recognise that the role of Chair of this group is virtually a full-time job!