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Faith and Maintenance Why do we put ourselves through such difficult times? Keith Underdown
Phase One: Repairs c. 1999-2000 Funding c. £85,000 paid mostly from church funds (sale of church hall) Work West Window, all clerestory windows and lower windows as necessary removed, re-leaded and re-installed. Exterior troughs to aisle roofs taken out and re-leaded. Aisle roof tiles removed, aisle roofs repaired and felted, tiles put back and replaced where necessary. Structural repairs to the north side of chancel arch. Re-plastering and re-decorating of internal walls of nave and aisles
Phase 2: St Teilo Arts Project 2002-2010 External Funding £35,532 Arts Council Wales, £7,025 Prince’s Trust/ Entrust, £5,000 Garfield Western Trust, £1,000 Church in Wales, £500 Atlantic Foundation
Rehearsal space Rehearsal space Nave pews made moveable. Choir stalls made moveable. 90 rehearsal chairs provided. Choir stalls made moveable. Theatre-style dimmable lighting to nave and choir.
Improving Accessibility Conversion of priest’s vestry into male and female toilet blocks, with storage above. Major associated exterior drainage works. Disabled ramp and handrails to west end doors. Provision of a disabled ramp and widening of entrance to back of organ and vestry. Fire escape with handrails to new tower exterior door, and glazing to window. New gate to Woodville Road entrance opening inwards. Provision of sound induction loop
Utilities Porch New glass screen and doors to main Woodville Road entrance. Leaded windows installed to make watertight. Electricity supply to light. New notice board Electrical Provision of new main distribution board to church. Main cable and distribution board to vestry and new toilets. Provision of power sockets in the aisles. Emergency lighting. Fire escape signage. Internal Screens on rear wall moved forward to provide storage space at back of church. Provision of cupboards in vestry.
Disabled toilet (2004) Funding £5,000 St Teilo Arts Work Replacement of original disabled toilet and enlargement of room to current regulations. Reversal of exterior door to open outwards. Modification of external ramp to allow disabled access
Porch repairs (2007) Funding £4,900 St Teilo Arts Work Re-leading of west gutter. Replacement of tiles and ridge. Repairs to roof timbers. Repair/replacement of floor slabs. Replacement of downpipe.
Electrical works Funding £2,000 St Teilo Arts Works Ongoing phased replacement of electrical wiring. New main cables and distribution boards to boiler room and organ. Extra electrical sockets to rear of nave and organ. Re-use of old organ-blower box for electricity cupboard for safety.
Pigeon works & internal re-decoration (2007) Funding £3,600 Church funds, donations, St Teilo Arts Work External works to prevent pigeon entry into chancel roof space. Internal scaffolding and painting to east wall to repair pigeon damage.
New fire exit/ Community Gardens (2009) Funding £1,700 BIFFA, and St Teilo Arts Work Creation of new opening in wall to Woodville Road and installation of new gate. Paved area. Seating area.
Railings (2009) Funding £500 CADW Work Painting of external railings and gates.
Side aisle floors and heating system 2010 Funding £31538 St Teilo Arts & Church Funds Work Complete replacement of wooden elements of side aisle floors Provision of 3 replacement heaters New gas main & heating pipes Associated Electrical Works
Nave Floors & Associated Works (2011) Funding St Teilo Arts £8000 Church Funds £15000 Anonymous Donation £1300 Work Complete replacement wooden elements of Nave floor Provision of 8 floor mounted double electrical sockets Renovation of tiled areas re-using tiles where possible. New tiles “distressed” to match New carpeting at rear of nave and play area (paid for by an anonymous donor) New loft ladder Removal of three overgrown trees in garden and heavy trimming of shrubs Repair of large hole in guttering on South side Clearing of low-level gutters
Regular Maintenance/Mandatory Inspections Annual inspection and servicing of boiler Regular inspection of electrical installation PAT testing of mobile electrical devices Inspection of Fire Extinguishers Fire Risk Assessment Organ Tuning & Maintenance Garden Maintenance Gutters and downspouts
What’s Still to Do About 30 items remain from last QR Penetrating Damp Need to upgrade heating system further Sort out drainage Organ Restoration project Let’s take a walk and look
Religious Constructs throughout History Cave Paintings Go back 30000 years at least Found on every continent
Religious Constructs throughout History Megalithic Tombs
Religious Constructs throughout History Pyramids
Religious Constructs throughout History The Temple
Religious Constructs throughout History The Pantheon
Religious Constructs throughout History Celtic Llan
Religious Constructs throughout History European Cathedrals
Religious Constructs throughout History Victorian Revivals Paternalism (e.g.Oxford Movement) St German’s St Margaret’s St Mary’s the Docks St Teilo’s Nonconformist Revivalist Chapels Tabernacl Ebeneser
What’s behind all this? Sense of the “numinous” Sense of the afterlife Sense of Community Places of refuge Self-aggrandisement ( Boo!) Giving glory to God (Hurray!)