South Transept – week 8
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 NRSV
Though internal developments are no longer as obvious, there are still fundamental changes taking place behind the partition and work on the tower has begun.
There have been lots of tradesmen on site in the past week, installing our new fridge, our dishwasher and a new water heater. They have also started plumbing in the new toilets.
One significant change, is the installation of the Corian worktops that finish off the servery and sink areas. Though delivered in two pieces, an invisible join has created a seamless centrepiece. Mosaic tiles complete the space above the sink, matching those in the toilets.
After an initial clean on Friday night and Saturday morning, the decorator returned, yesterday and finished off the new coat of paint to all walls and boxed-in pipework.
One thing that everyone will already be aware of, is the erection of scaffolding around the church tower. Whilst this is unsightly, it is actually the real focus of the HLF award we received for restoration of the fabric of the building.
Once the scaffolding is all in place, Smiths of Derby will be removing our four clock faces and taking them away for refurbishment. Close-ups of the faces show just how much this is needed. Whilst removed, the clock mechanism will be electrified and manual winding, that has served Hucknall for the last 131 years, will come to an end.
At the back of church, the old baptistry is still undergoing its transformation, the most noticeable of which must surely be the colour change to the railings. Though a dramatic departure from the blue, purple is a common colour around church and once the new interpretation is in place, a theme will be evident.
Monday morning sees a ‘snagging’ meeting where any little niggles will be addressed during the following week.
Don’t forget to check back next week…