A host of Angels – Photo by Michael Rimmer

Well what a busy month we’ve had! March saw over 100 lucky visitors attending our four hard hat days in church. The sessions included a chance to ascend the scaffolding using some daunting ladders. The EDP’s Donna Louise Bishop posted this video of her ascent and wrote this great piece on the experience.

Over the 4 sessions, we had visits from BBC Look East, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Anthony Isaacs (Listen here from 1:20:30). We also welcomed a number of experts who came to speak to our visitors about the importance of what they would see.

Michael Rimmer, author of the Angel Roofs of East Anglia visited along with Sarah Cassell (PhD Candidate on the subject of Angel Roofs), and they provided a wealth of information on the history of our roof. Art conservators Dr Andrea Kirkham and Dr Lucy Wrapson also gave insights into their work in the church as well as a fascinating perspective on the importance of the building and its treasures.

One of the green angels – photo by Michael Rimmer

We’re incredibly grateful to all who made these days possible, including members of the PCC, Gethin Harvey of Nicholas Warns Architects, and Keith and Jeff from GF Atthowe, our main building contractor.

Whilst the hard hat days are now complete, we hope to be able to offer similar opportunities in the future. The investigation work done as part of this repair project has identified need for a large amount of stabilisation work on the medieval paint, and so if we can find funds, we may well be back up with the angels again in a few years time.

Visitors were encouraged to post their pictures online, and many are available through the parish Facebook Page. Twitter users have also been adding pictures there using the hashtag #CawstonAngels.

Attention now turns to progressing the project and getting the important repair work done. We hope to see the clerestory windows returning to the church very soon, and the work in the churchyard is progressing well.

We’re also still seeking financial support for the project, so if you’d like to donate you can do so here. Don’t forget, if you’re a UK taxpayer, please tick the Gift Aid box.

Whilst we’ve had amazing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the All Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Lady Hind Trust, the project still requires further funds. If you would like to donate, please visit our donations page. Don’t forget to tick the gift aid box if you’re a UK taxpayer. Thank you for your help!

In an amazingly busy 2 days, all of the hard hat day places have been booked. For health and safety reasons our numbers are strictly limited and at this stage we don’t have plans to arrange further days, as to do so would risk delaying the completion of the project.

The hard hat days are now over and the waiting list is closed. Thank you for your interest – please do check back to see further progress with the project.

Hear more about our repairs project and climb the scaffold to meet the angels!

Registration in advance through our website is essential as numbers are strictly limited. All we ask is that you take lots of pictures and leave a donation toward the project.

Saturday 9th March – 10:30 or 1pm
Friday 15th March – 10:30 or 1pm
Saturday 16th March – 10:30 or 1pm
Saturday 23rd March – 10:30 or 1pm

Those wishing to tour the scaffold will have to declare their fitness to do so; the ascent involves a number of long ladders, so please don’t sign up if you know you’re not fit for the climb. The contractor and the Churchwardens reserve the right to refuse access on the basis of their judgement and visitors will be required to sign a disclaimer after taking part in a Health & Safety induction provided by our contractor.

To sign up for a hard hat day, click here and follow the instructions.