What's happened so far

Initial Repair Work Begins…

The recent appearance of scaffolding at St Andrew’s Church marks the beginning of work to clear and repair external drainage systems and the installation of measures to stop pigeons roosting on the building. 

The work is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £74,000, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.  St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council was awarded the HLF grant to undertake urgent work to stop further water damage to St Andrew’s Church. The problem is caused by overflowing gutters and downpipes blocked by the build-up of detritus from pigeons which roost and nest on the building. 

 

       

    Pigeon nest on a ledge of the north transept roof 

 

 

 

 

Under the expert instruction of Iain Frearson, our Church Architect, Steve Austwick and Chris Mitchell of H Austwick Lead and Copper Roofing, Stow-cum-Quy, are hard at work fitting spikes on ledges and placing spiked wire cages in roof gutters to stop pigeons from nesting in these spaces. Preliminary clearance work was carried out between July and December 2018 by Soham-based firm Peter Saunders Builders and paid for by a generous donation from the Ivy Mary Mcfie Deceased Charitable Fund. We are extremely grateful to them all, and to Guy Merchant of Bird Control Consultancy Services International (BCCSI) for his ongoing advice and support of the project.

 

     

     Spikes fitted to Tower ledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Chris fitting a spiked wire cage into the tower roof guttering

 

 

 

 

Work will continue through January when window guards will be fitted to further deter the pigeons and protect the stained glass and surrounding stonework from further damage. As the photograph shows, this work is badly needed to protect our wonderful stained glass windows and ensure their preservation for the enjoyment of present and future Soham residents.

 

   

     Pigeon guano on north facing stained glass window

 

 

 

 

Funding received

South Door

The National Churches Trust is delighted to support St Andrew’s Church Soham with a grant of £1214 towards the repair of the church’s south door.

The National Churches Trust (founded in 1953 as the Historic Churches Preservation Trust) is the national charity supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value that are open for worship. They receive no financial support from government or church authorities and rely on the support of the public to carry out their work.

Details of their work can be found at www.nationalchurchestrust.org

Roof Alarm

St Andrew's Church's roof was recently alarmed with the aid of grant money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£5K) and Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust (£1K).

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust offers grants and loans to help congregations look after their historic places of worship. Its main source of income is the annual 'Ride, Drive and Stride' event when, each September, sponsored cyclists, motorists and walkers visit churches, chapels and colleges throughout Cambridgeshire, sharing the money raised between the Trust and their local church.

Details of their work can be found at www.camhct.uk