Our most recent Quinquennial Inspection Report (October 2019) details an extensive programme of work is required to the roofs, tower, guttering and stonework as well as many other items to secure the building for future generations. In particular and for reasons of public safety, a subquent detailed survey of the wall monuments, chest tombs and ledgers was commisioned and published in September 2020. It highlighted that two of the monuments were in need of urgent attention.
With the assistance of generous grants from The Church Buildings Council for the original detailed survey by Sally Strachey Historic Conservation (SSHC) and The Sperring Charity to aid the emergency dismantling required, the monuments were taken down and laid safe in the church by SSHC in March 2021. We then approached several further charitable organisations to secure additional funding to enable SSHC to clean, preserve and resinstate the monuments. We were delighted to be awarded grants towards the end of 2021 by The Georgian Group (Cleary Fund), The Leche Trust and The St Andrews Conservation Trust that enabled SSHC to carry of the reinstatement of the two monuments in February and March 2022.
In total, this emergency work was in the order of £16,000 and much further work is required on the other monuments, chest tombs and ledgers of our historic church. If you would like to consider helping with this work by making a donation to our Fabric Fund, please visit our giving page.
Planning to visit St. John’s Church, Chilcompton? Please note that the building will be closed to visitors on Thursday 2nd November to enable further work to the refurbishment of the chancel floor to be carried out safely. Thursday’s Holy Communion will be held the Church Hall. The church will be open again to visitors from Friday 3rd November.
We apologise for any inconvenience.