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Reordering Project

Update December 2017

On Sunday 17th December the new altar rail was used for the first time, along with a nave altar. This marks the completion of the first phase of the reordering project and includes the carpeted dais and new carpet in the chancel and sancturary. The picture shows part of the rail with Advent and Christmas decorations.

                                   

 

Update November 2017. The work to build and instal the dais began on Monday 20th November. This work will be completed by mid December. Services will continue to be held in church during this work.

Outline:

In November 2016, a Faculty was granted by the Bishop of Ely's Registry that gives us permission to proceed with the work of re-ordering the church. Our 2017 application for a variation on that Faculty, to remove the underfloor heating requirement, was approved in June 2017. The new nave altar rail is under construction, with four of the six units built, and will be in place late in 2017. The tenders for the major works have been received (August 2017) and an order placed with the chosen contractor (September). The  start time for the main work is early January 2018 and it is estimated that the work will take three to four months to complete. This timeframe will enable a planned response to requests for weddings and baptisms, as well as for additional grant applications and appeals for funds. As of the end of September 2017 we require approximately a further £50,000 to cover costs.

Below are two drawings showing the expected layout of the church once the refurbishment work has been completed.

In July 2017 a small group from All Saints' visited the workshop of Designs on Metal to speak to the artist Nigel Kaines and to catch up on his progress with the altar rail. The photograph below shows Nigel (right) accompanied by Mac Dowdy, who designed the six panels, standing next to the two completed units; in the foreground are the metalic components of the third panel laid out ready for the welding process.

September 2017 update: Some members of the church recently visited the studio to see the altar rail in progress, and were very enthusiastic. One said, 'The pictures don't convey the amazing texture and depth that the panels have and the way that they will catch the light.'  Another said, 'The craftsmanship is magnificent.' 
 
One member of the congregation is enthusiastically taking forward the needlework for a nave altar frontal to complement the new rail, and a small section of the work in progress is shown below.  The design echoes one of the main elements in panel 4, and the sections of needlework are all different stitches, to give textures and reflect light. There are 22 adult members of the congregation and the Women's Institute working on it, and some of the Tuesday Church children will also be taking part in creating a bit of history. The group is called 'The All Saints' Stitchers' and they are aged from 9 to 99 years old!
 
          
 
 
 
 


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