THE CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS - ULCEBY

Renovation Project – Update, October 2018

The vast majority of the roof renovation work has now been completed with a slight delay encountered after the discovery of some roosting bats in one of the roof voids. An Ecologist attended site and confirmed the correct action had been taken to protect the bats and a certificate to allow work to continue was received from Natural England.

The internal scaffolding is currently being removed and in the next few weeks the external scaffolding will be removed. A burglar alarm has been fitted to the roof and the inside of the building will require a team of volunteers to clean it, following all of the building works. Quotes are being obtained for the update of the heating and lighting and further fundraising is ongoing for this part of the project. It is anticipated that the church will reopen again for use by the end of this year (if it hasn’t already been opened before you receive this newsletter).

Art Project

Within the next few months we will be embarking upon an exciting art project, culminating in an Art Exhibition to celebrate the completion of the roof repair stage of the Renovation Programme. We are inviting local people to become involved in a variety of ways:

  • Local artists with experience of teaching others, to volunteer to deliver workshops
  • People interested in learning new skills or developing existing skills to attend workshops and create a piece of artwork on the theme of St Nicholas Church.
  • People with existing skills to produce their own work outside of workshops to celebrate the building of St Nicholas Church, and submit it in the Art exhibition.

There are no restrictions to the type of art. It could be photography, ceramics, oil or watercolour painting, printing, stitching, knitting or mixed media. If you are interested in any aspect of the above, please email us at ulcebystnicholas@gmail.com.

Renovation Project – Update, June 2018

WORK FULLY UNDERWAY NOW!!

We are delighted to report that thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, work to replace the roof began in earnest yesterday, Wednesday 20 June 2018.

From these pictures you can see that the scaffolding and protective working area are in place and underneath, the Contractors are busy repairing all the roof works.

It seems to have been a long time coming but now it’s all systems go!!

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Renovation Project – Update, April 2018

Thanks to your fantastic support the installation of an internal toilet and servery is now complete. The craftsmanship of the woodwork is a joy to behold. As well as your contributions, the work has been supported through a grant from the Allchurches Trust Ltd., and from North Lincs Council. Thanks must go also to Mr P Clark, our former Mayor and present Ward Councillor, who supported our application to NLC for financial assistance. Because of the almost imminent start of the main remedial work to the roof, which limits our ability to offer an opportunity to celebrate the installations, we have decided to wait until the roof works, heating and lighting are completed (towards the year end) before we stage a Celebration of Completion of the whole Project.

In addition to our Project Completion Celebration, we have a really full programme of events and planned usage of the church next year so that the whole community can benefit from its’ restoration. Please watch for announcements and information in the forthcoming months, via The Parish Link Magazine. The tower of pennies towards the restoration of the Tower at a later stage, is still very much ‘alive’ and the total collected to date is £241 which, you will recall, is just over half of one of the three exposed tower sides (each equals £407.94) with a total of £1223.82 needed to achieve the total aim. Mrs Smith at the new Co-Op Post Office is able to hand out and take in any filled jars.

Finally, please accept our grateful thanks for all that you have done and continue to do to support our efforts. It is almost 6 years since our Church was under threat of closure and, together, not only have we avoided that tragedy, but at the end of the renovation works, we will have a beautifully restored, warm, well-lit and friendly 11th century building to offer to you and to forthcoming generations.

Thank you
The Friends of St Nicholas Church

Renovation Project – Update, October 2017

Because of all the encouragement and support of the residents of Ulceby and all our other contributors, at last things are beginning to move along with the renovation project. As you know, the restoration and renovation work at the Church is mostly being funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund which is part of the National Lottery but we have also had additional funding from the National Churches Trust and North Lincolnshire Council.

After five long years of fundraising we are able to bring you the news of the start of the work. In December 2017, preparatory work will begin and then at the start of the New Year in January 2018 the work proper will begin in earnest. This is a very exciting time for us because it means that, at last, we shall be able to see some reward for all your help and contributions and the many hours of various fundraising which you have so generously supported over the previous 5 years.

As the work progresses, it is hoped that we will be able to arrange a ‘hard hat’ day when residents will be invited to book a visit to the top of the Church to view the work as it is progressing and to see the surrounding area of the village. If you would like to be amongst those people using this opportunity, please speak to a member of the Friends Association to give your name or email us at ulcebystnicholas@gmail.com or contact us via this, our website.

Our heritage project will continue with research being undertaken into the history of the marvellous Rood Screen in front of the Vestry which is rumoured to have originated from Thornton Abbey. Alongside this work, we will be running an art project, inviting members of our community and other interested parties, to draw, paint, model, stitch, photograph etc. our church or parts of it, to become part of an exhibition to be staged next Autumn 2018. Please let us know if you are interested in either of these projects on our email address above.

We will be looking for volunteers to act as guides to the church once it has been restored. Is this something of interest to you? Let us know.

Following the success of the Mile of Pennies Fundraiser which you supported, we have started a new coin collection entitled ‘Tower of Change’. This is the beginning of fundraising towards the cost of the necessary repairs to the tower – the cost of which is not covered by recent awards and for which a new application will have to be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund. There are three exposed sides to the tower which is approximately 130ft 9in high. Each filled jar of 2p’s will cover an approximate height of 5 yards and net about £3.50. The total for the three exposed sides will amount to £1223.82 – each side netting £407.94. Empty and filled jars can be collected and returned to the Post Office.

You can also support us by entering the Lincs Lotto, a weekly draw that costs £1 per ticket. You could win up to £25,000 and if you nominate us as your charity, we receive half of your weekly stake.

www.lincslotto.co.uk/support/st-nicholas-church-ulceby

This is an exciting time for the Friends but we realise that it could not have been achieved without all the support and encouragement which we have received from our supporters so please accept a very big thank you and a request that you keep supporting us whenever you can.

Thank you
The Friends of St Nicholas Church

Renovation Project – Update, July 2017

Whilst there is no visible work going on in and around the Church it has been a very busy period with structural surveys of the tower and roof being carried out and reports written with regard to the condition of the church.

All work on the church has to have the approval of the Lincoln Diocese and Historic England and we are pleased to say that the roof repair modifications have been agreed by the Diocese but we are waiting for the approval of Historic England. Once these approvals are to hand, tendering for the work can begin. We hope to see work physically start to repair the roof in early 2018.

There was a £15,000 shortfall in the grant offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the roof repairs which we needed to make up from other sources. We were fortunate to be granted £8,000 from the National Churches Trust to help fill this gap. Further grants are currently being applied for to fill the remainder of the shortfall.

In addition to the Roof Repairs, the renovation project also includes installing a toilet and kitchen area and creating a useable community space. This will cost in excess of £38,000 which again is hoped to be funded largely with grants, but our recent fundraising will further support the shortfall. We then will have to repeat the roof repair project with a project to make urgent repairs to the tower. Thank you for your on-going support.

Photos courtesy of Mrs Barbara Drury

Renovation Project – Update, May 2017

To try to keep you up to date with what is happening with the Restoration Project which you have so generously supported over the last 4 ½ years, we offer the following up to date news. A meeting was held in Church in March, attended by the PCC,(St Nicholas Church management group), the Friends of St Nicholas Church and the Project Manager/Surveyor, Chris Mackintosh-Smith to discuss design and arrangements planned for the installation of a toilet and a servery and Mr Mackintosh-Smith assured us that all other necessary reports – as detailed in the last edition of the Link, were now prepared and ready for submission in May to the Lincoln Diocese DAC for their approval. Once agreement on all the repairs and alterations are agreed, Contractors will be invited to tender for the necessary restoration works which, it is hoped, will begin early next year.

As previously explained, it is necessary for us to continue fund raising to meet a shortfall in the Heritage Lottery Fund Award between the cost of extra heating and the domestic facilities mentioned above. April saw our first event of the year – ‘Weddings through the Decades’ when 29 wedding dresses kindly loaned by Ulceby “brides”, dating between 1959 and 2016 were modelled by some lovely young ladies and which was thoroughly enjoyed by an appreciative audience. Thanks to your support a further £460.00 was added to the funds.

Renovation Project – Update, January 2017

Over the last three months a large amount of investigative work has taken place as part of the Development Year specified by the Lottery Heritage Fund when they awarded our grant last September.  Villagers passing the Church would have been unaware of the activities taking place so we are briefly outlining the projects undertaken to date.

Firstly, there was a Survey to determine the extent of the bat colony and the species inhabiting the roof space.  These were determined as being Brown Long Eared Bats and Pipistrelles.  It also showed that although bats visited the tower in the summer months to feed on insects, they had not colonised this area because of prevailing breezes and a lack of darkness.  This extra information will prove useful in the second stage of our Funding application when we apply to the Lottery for help in renovating the tower, since this important survey will already have been completed.

There have been inspections of the roof (the felting, tiles and timbers), and of the condition of the gutters and drains, with photographic evidence being taken.  Additionally, an in-depth survey to establish the most suitable positioning of both a toilet and a servery section has taken place. The Bat Survey has been received, however, reports on these last three areas are still awaited.

A visit has been made to the Church by the eminent Churches Historian, Dr Glyn Coppack BA PhD FSA – University of Nottingham, to try to determine whether there is a connection between St Nicholas Church and nearby Thornton Abbey and arrangements are in hand to use the Church as a possible basis for theses by third year archaeology students at Sheffield and York Universities.

You will remember that we are still fundraising to meet the extra £15,000. needed for the heating which is not covered by the Award, plus the costs for the toilet and servery installation which have yet to be established.

We would ask you to continue to support our efforts in the magnificent way in which you have already done so and to let you know that we are continuing with our Mile of Pennies project.  As we go to press, the amount raised so far is £800.00 which equates to 1142 yards – (1760 yards make a mile!)  We have further events planned for 2017 and these are detailed separately.  With your continued support, we are confident of a final successful outcome.

Thank you so very much.

The Friends of St Nicholas Church

Renovation Project – Overview

We are thrilled to have had the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund in respect of our restoration project.

There are 2 aspects to the project:-

1. Capital Work

The capital work is to address the urgent repair needs of the Church, including roof coverings, gutters, rainwater goods and replace heating system.

Between October 2016 and September 2017, surveys will be carried out of the building and tendors for contractors sought. Initial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been received to support this work. Money raised from local fundraising has further supported the initial stage.

From September 2017, subject to Heritage Lottery Fund approval, the building work to the roof and upgrade of the heating system can commence.

2. Heritage Project

The heritage project seeks to bring the history of the church alive and stimulate community involvement by identifying and drawing together links between St Nicholas Church and Thornton Abbey, Nuncotham Abbey and Newsam Priory.

Medieval stone expert, Dr Glyn Coppack will be supporting with the project and working with the Ulceby History Group to provide the community and wider public with an opportunity to learn about the church, including identifying links with the church and above Abbey’s.

We will be looking to work with local school children, colleges and universities in the heritage project.

3. Project Costs

The full cost of the Renovation and Heritage Project is £320.857
The Heritage Lottery Fund will grant £245,700 of that cost, if all development work in the first year has been completed satisfactorily.
The local community has raised £29,000, of which £13,210 is to be used for the roof renovation, £12,000 reserved for the tower project (next major project) and the remainder to be saved towards the cost of toilet and server installation.

The shortfall of costs for the roof renovation will be provided via reclaim of VAT and a further request for grant funding to the amount of £15,000

What difference will people see?

A restored 800 year old church, with modern facilities whilst retaining and preserving its significant features of interest.

A permanent visual display and touchscreen console will be created in the church of the findings, and the church will be included in literature promoting it as a rural tourism destination, with the church being opened to visitors on specific days throughout the year.

The Church will have Wi-Fi access and a community space which will provide the village with an additional resource to meet the needs of different groups, as an exhibition space and a venue for live music.

The Church will become a place of interest for visitors with an interest in medieval buildings and be linked through the local tourist sites.