Work has started on the long-awaited repairs to the tower of St. Matthew’s Church.
After 150 years the stonework and timber on the tower has deteriorated and the tower parapet is cracked and not as safe as we would like. The contractor GPM (Ripon) Ltd started straight after the Christmas break to undertake the repairs.
This work will require us to scaffold the tower to allow us to safely dismantle the existing parapet and rebuild it and repoint the mortar of the tower. We will also take the opportunity to replace Victorian ladders and other timberwork in the tower. The scaffolding subcontractor Tiger Specialist Access Ltd of Whitby is erecting the access scaffold.
We expect work to be completed by the end of March.
We apologise for the inconvenience that this work creates for those who live close to the church because we have to move a lot of scaffolding and there is not much space. We hope that once the scaffolding is complete, we will be able to open part of the car park again.
The church remains open for soup and pud as well as worship services, funerals and other occasional services.
“The Church of England is clear about being the church for the people – at the heart of a community, providing public space as well as bringing people together for worship. This bold and imaginative project deserves unreserved support as it looks to the next century.”
The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines
Bishop of Leeds