June 2020 update:
We have, like many others, been badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown. This meant that work on Phase 2 of the re-instatement, repairs to the roof and bell tower, stopped in late March in line with many other projects. With the gradual easing of the lockdown contractors were able to start work again on the 18th May albeit within the guidelines required. However, as a result the originally anticipated date for completion of early October will now be somewhat delayed, which is a great disappointment to us all.
Despite the lack of physical progress on the fabric of the church much work has continued behind the scenes, mainly on a virtual basis, to finalise arrangements for the Phase 3 work which includes the re-ordering of the building. Tender documents have been prepared and issued to contractors so that work can be commenced at the earliest opportunity.
The PCC has reached a final decision on the chairs which will replace the pews and details of the proposed Sponsor a Chair scheme, which have been delayed due to the pandemic, will shortly be available - we have, as previously reported, already received considerable interest from members of the community in this scheme.
Following recent visits, we are working closely with suppliers of digital organs to find the right replacement for the old pipe organ. At the same time similar discussions are being held with our Audio/ Visual system supplier.
We continue to be most grateful for the interest and support given to us by the community including further donations. The total of donations has now risen to over £45,000 - our thanks to all involved.
On the worship front, under the current lockdown arrangements, we are unable to meet as a congregation but are broadcasting a Eucharist service at 10am each Sunday on the Royston Parish Church Youtube channel. There is a link to the service on the church website http://www.roystonparishchurch.org.uk/index.php/church-life/services/sunday-service.
To see more picturses of the church restoration and to keep up to date with progress on the building repairs and other church activities, please visit our website at www.roystonparishchurch.org.uk.