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Celebration service held at restored Church

— 26 Nov 2018


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The Rt Rev Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells and Reverend Webber outside Christ Church following the celebration service. Reverend Webber had blessed the newly gilded cockerel after it was returned to its position at the top of the spire.

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Director Julian Clayton and George Hael of Wells Cathedral Stonemasons were invited to the service. Pictured here with the Rt Rev Peter Hancock and some of the many parishioners who attended the service

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Reverend Webber with the refurbished cockerel weathervane

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Before, during and after cleaning of pollution staining on the sandstone

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Stone repairs to damaged tracery

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Renewal of rusted metalwork and replacement of sections of weathered stone on the spire

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The magnificent views from the top of spire

Christ Church Montpelier outside Church

A service has been held at the Grade II listed Christ Church in Weston-super-Mare to celebrate the completion of the essential repair work which was part funded by an HLF grant and has restored the much-loved Church to its former glory.

Director and Architect Julian Clayton who lead the project on behalf of Jonathan Rhind Architects attended the ceremony along with George Hael from Wells Cathedral Stonemasons, who undertook the specialist masonry repairs.

Lead by Reverend Tom Webber with Rt Rev Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, the service offered thanks to the congregation for their support and patience during the works, and celebrated securing the future of the Church for the continued use of the community.

Earlier in the year, while the scaffolding was still in place Reverend Webber blessed the newly repaired and regilded golden cockerel weathervane which adorns the top of the spire.

The tower and spire both required significant specialist stone works to repair defects which have arisen because of the harsh marine environment. This included replacement of corroded ferrous metalwork, cleaning off plant growth, mortar repointing and stone repairs.

Now that the works are complete the Church can continue to form a focus for the many community groups for whom the Church is an essential and much loved space.

Jonathan Rhind Architects acted as contract administrators for the works, as well as preparing working drawings, schedules and tender documents. Julian Clayton said ‘It was wonderful to be invited to attend this service of celebration, and to see the culmination of months of hard work. Now the works are complete the church can continue to hold its position at the heart of the community for many years to come.’

To see more of the works we have done on Church and community projects please see here.

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