We've been busy over the recent years to make our Church Building as welcoming and fit for purpose as it possibly can be. It has been a place of worship and a centre for the community for many centuries and we want that to continue for many more.
Following the installation of a brand new boiler and complete replacement of our lighting system (Feb thru' June 2017), we have also undertaken a major conservation project to remove the cement render from the building - both inside and out! This is primarily to stop the walls degrading any further, a nice consequence of which will also make the building look far more attractive. As part of this, we have also had some major conservation work carried out on the Doom Painting over the chancel arch. This dates from about 1230 or just before and due to the damp and salts coming through the rendered walls, was in a very sorry state; "It was by far the most, salty, powdery, flaky medieval wall painting we have ever dealt with..." - Tom Organ, Arte Conservation.
There is still work to do to improve some aspects - such as adding another emergency exit point. In the meantime, we know many have walked past the church and commented on how much better the building looks, and sometime soon we hope that folk will be able to come into the building to have a look and to join us for a service of worship!
We are very grateful to those who have awarded us various grants to help with this project; Heritage Lottery Fund (£100,000), AllChurchesTrust (£5250), the Garfield Weston Foundation (£15000), Sussex Churches Trust, Ian Askew Charitable Trust and the Wolfson Foundation and one or two others - a big thank you to all and also to church members and Friends of All Saints and members of the public for your donations as well!
See BLOG showing progress
OUR CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT
Our project to repair and restore our Church Building
The hidden heritage of All Saints Church Patcham will soon be revealed thanks to a £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
All Saints Church, dating back to the 12th Century, was built like so many Sussex downland churches and medieval buildings, of field flints. The ugly cement render put on sometime during the 19th and 20th centuries, and in recent years causing serious deterioration to the original structure of the building, can now be removed to expose the original flintwork. The church is appreciated by many in the local community and is often used for weddings, baptisms and funerals in addition to regular church services, as well as other community events. Sue Ward, Churchwarden at All Saints said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will go a long way towards supporting our major restoration project. Being awarded this grant will mean being able to pass on the building to future generations. It will also allow us to increase its usage as a heritage venue and centre of historical interest.” For more information, updates on the restoration project and our fundraising efforts visit our website
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, and use #HLF supported.
Michelle Roffe, Head of HLF South East said: “We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will mean that more people will be able to get involved with, protect, and learn about the exciting heritage right on their doorstep.”