One of the problems with having an historic building is that it is expensive to maintain. Some of this is due to normal wear and tear and some is due to the building practices which were common at the time work was done in years gone by, but now present us with many problems.
Another challenge is simply to keep the building fit for purpose as expectations change, and as the building becomes more of a community hub, and to adapt to our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint and our overall consumption of natural resources.
These are just some of the projects that have been undertaken in recent years
- Church History OnlineAs part of the extensive programme of renovations we have installed a ‘beacon’ system in the church, giving our visitors a flavour of the history of St Edmund’s on their smartphone, if they choose to install the LiveBeacons app. These small beacons are placed near points of interest in the church, and as you move around and get within range of a beacon, the app pops up a web page giving you all the information about that item. Having an… [Continue Reading]
- New West DoorSt Edmund’s has a new west door, the main entrance to the church. Apart from being a lot more draught-proof, these door let visitors see into our warm and welcoming church, without standing in trepidation, wondering what lies behind the forbidding, dark, solid wood doors we used to have. We are very grateful to the Friends of St Edmund’s for the generous donation that made this possible.
- Roof RepairsWe have finally come to the end of one of the most difficult projects we have faced in a long time, a seriously leaking roof. 2017 saw several extended periods of snow and this played havoc with the roof; previously it had been showing some signs of leakage but after these events the problem became severe. This video shows what we found as we came to set up Messy Church in March 2017. It has taken a long time to… [Continue Reading]