By 2001, we had raised sufficient funds together with a grant from CADW to pay for all the above work to be done. The roof has now been made watertight, the bell has been re-hung in the repaired bell cote (including turning it round, so it can be rung from inside the church rather than outside), the vestry has been re-slated and the verge copings have all been re-secured.
During the repair work, which was carried out by Emerton Roofing of Nantwich, it was necessary to close the church to visitors for 2½ months in the early summer of 2001.
Following a very generous bequest to the Friends, we were able to proceed with Phase II of the repair work in 2004. We appointed Schärer Conservation of Betws-y-Coed as the main contractor for the work, which involved re-pointing large areas of the exterior, including the whole of the south wall, re-plastering the areas of missing plaster using traditional methods which accounted for some 30% of the internal wall area, rebuilding the soffits above the two west facing windows which had both collapsed, fixing guttering and drainage to the vestry, and providing mains electricity together with concealed heating and discreet and unobtrusive lighting. The project involved erecting a huge scaffold rig inside the building to enable all of the internal walls and ceiling to be worked on, together with digging a trench through the churchyard to bury the mains electricity cable.
More recently, we have re-leaded some of the windows and installed new candle holders. There is, however, still more work to do and Phase III is still ongoing!
View of the inside in 2002 showing the areas of plaster which will be replaced.
Phase II work gets underway in April 2004 with St Michael's full of scaffolding.