It has taken me a few yeas to find someone who will help restore, renovate rather than wreckovate our Church but I think I have found thew right person, Deidre Waddington, I have just spent most of the day with her.
The Church was "restored" in the 1970s, the altar was separated from the wall and placed on the original stone communion step, to save building foundations, the sanctuary was then extended into the nave by a couple of meters.
For the last forty years it has meant that we have had to move a couple of rows of benches, the same when couples get married. As the altar is just one step above the level of the people it has meant no-one has been able to see the action on the altar.
The lighting also needs serious attention, twenty years ago the lighting system was condemned and replaced by the present temporary system of floodlights and plastic conduit, when we need to replace a bulb "health and safety" says we have to hire a scaffolding tower.
Then there is the paint which is causing serious problems, it is that plastic stuff that used to be used in public lavatories. It is causing serious problems with the stone and plasterwork, it stops it breathing, so it just crumbles. It all has to be removed. The last picture is Church in the early 20th Century it shows the grime on the stone work, forty years after building, which will be impossible to remove.
We can't afford any of it! But God is gracious and merciful in his Providence.