Issue 3                                                                                                                                                                  October 2017

                    The Work Begins


We now have a planned start date for the Spire repairs and the AV update.

For the Spire repair, work will start in the week commencing 23rd Oct with the removal of the top gate post to allow the contractor vehicle access. Then, on 3rd Nov, the scaffolders will move in. It will take about 4 weeks to erect the scaffolding before the stone masons can start. The work will then take about 6 months to complete.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to both church doors at all times, but please be careful during the working week when contractors are on site. There will be NO walk way around the tower so access to the Spire Centre and main entrance will only be from the road at the top gate.

From the time the scaffolders start, there will be no parking spaces available in the church grounds during the week and probably only two on weekends. With the difficulty in finding spaces in Montpelier anyway, we appreciate this will cause problems for some people. We would encourage any who can to consider walking or cycling to church and, where possible, arranging car shares; this has the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly as well. However, we would not wish anyone to be unable to come to Sunday services because they could not park. We are therefore looking to set up a limited “Park and Ride” scheme for those who have significant mobility problems. Details of this can be obtained from Colin Winser or Chris Cole. We would stress that this is not for the convenience of those who are perfectly able to walk but for those more particularly where the driver has mobility problems.

We realise this will create a situation where there will be a lot of stopping to drop off. We would encourage anyone dropping or collecting people to come down the hill which will hopefully prevent too many bottlenecks.

This is a necessary inconvenience and we will keep the situation under review as the work progresses. Hopefully, we can all work together in a loving and cooperative way.

The upgrading of our AV system is planned to take place immediately after Christmas starting on 3rd January. This should take about 2 weeks to complete.

We are being good stewards in maintaining the building we worship in, both for ourselves and for future generations.

If you have queries or questions about any of this, please speak to Chris or Doug.