What is Vision 20/20 and what does the work entail?
A National Heritage Lottery bid that has been submitted to try and raise the funds to do the work required to bring this building back into use.
This is a summary of the work that is need to be done.
Repair needs summary
Restoring, stabilising and reinstating the structure for use for worship, concerts and the local community this
Grade 11 listed Church built in 1880 by Bellamy and Hardy Lincolnshire Architects. The work listed below will enable the congregation and the community to recommence using the sanctuary of the Church.
Secure existing ceiling bosses, fabricate, and replace fallen and damaged bosses. Redecorate throughout to original heritage condition.
Protect 1913 Wadworth Brothers organ during the extensive ceiling and building work.
Replace defunct and obsolete heating system .
Construct disabled access to main entrance and vestibule
Enhance curtilage, possibly restoring to original look.
The quinquennial review recommends as a priority to stabilise the building by efficient disposal of rainwater that has infiltrated the clay foundations.
Following stabilisation of the building, replace the perished stonework, sills, lintels and stone stringing and carry out extensive repairs to low and high level pointing lime mortar.
Remove and repair leaded windows to east and west towers.
The new heritage activities and resources the project will provide.
In its present state and closed to the public for safety reasons, no heritage activities can be offered until the sanctuary is restored. However, we intend:-
To provide new information leaflets and boards and train community volunteers to give guided tours of the church
Transcribe historical documents relating to the chapel and the circuit from 1800 onwards and make them available on our website, with paper copies also to be available in church
Build on contacts with local schools to develop talks and tours with particular reference to the agreed Nottinghamshire RE syllabus
Participate in 'Open Doors' events organised by Retford Civic Society i.e. Charter Day and Heritage Day
Extend our cooperation with Bassetlaw Council particularly Bassetlaw Museum which is situated opposite the Church and with whom we have strong links with joint activities e.g. Farming Weekend and with Bassetlaw Christian Heritage Network, a new partnership of churches in the Bassetlaw area working to promote the Christian heritage, including tourism. Grove Street Methodist Church as a major development in the 19th century has an important part to play, including the proposed pilgrim trail marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers
Re-engage with community concert organisers to use the church as a concert venue again
Provide lecture space for organisations e.g.. Retford Civic Society and the Historical Society to hold open lectures with speakers such as David Starkey who have spoken at the church previously
To be able to continue to support local charities with fundraising without passing on any additional costs to the charities of rent or utilities usage. Charities supported include Bassetlaw Hospice, Bluebell Wood children's Hospice, R.N.L.I. and Christian Aid and Action Aid for Children
To increase community use the following initiatives are projects that we would like to complete
Refurbish the toilets, corridor floor, organ loft stairs and the tower stairs in the original church building
Replace the lighting in corridors, stairwells and on the stairs in the original church building to improve safer access for the public.
Install secondary glazing to all external windows with the approval of English Heritage to significantly improve the thermal efficiency.
Employ a heating consultant to advise on an appropriate heating system and then install the system thus assisting in the preservation of the building and the organ.
Replace the lighting in the sanctuary to improve energy efficiency
Replace the gallery floor covering to meet current health and safety standards
Consult with English Heritage about additional safety railings in the gallery.
We would like the project to start autumn 2016 with completion by summer 2018
Summary of costs for the project
To replace, repair and stabilise ceiling bosses £70,000
To replace heating system £10,000 + VAT and Consultants fees
Estimated cost of rainwater disposal and connexion to main sewer system £50,000
Consultant Civil Architects fees estimated £5,000
Major works not yet costed include the disabled ramp, lighting systems, toilet and flooring refurbishment included in the bid and the need to create a larger floor area in front of the communion rail for concerts, lectures etc.
No allowance has been made at this stage for unforeseen additional work arising out of the restoration and refurbishment project