Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tanner Trust Support Our Project

Good news. The Tanner Trust have made a donation to our conservation and improvement project and this makes a significant contribution to our funding target.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Richard Slee, Contractor Starts Conservation and Improvement Works

Week beginning Monday 19th October, Richard Slee, our main contractor started working on the Hall.

The first job was to get the floor levels correct as a foundation for the new floor. The main area to move ground materials was the area that was originally under the stage. Richard and his team used a smaller digger and mechanical barrows and moved the removed materials into skips that were taken off site.

When this work was completed a radon sump was fitted into the ground that will sit under the new floor. While this is not an area of radon concern installing the sump now is a sensible approach to ensuring the Hall has reduced any risk to its lowest possible level.

The floor surface then had to be levelled using a mix of concrete and blinding sand. On top of this a damp-proof membrane was laid and this will prevent any rising dampness.

The concrete sub-floor needs to be reinforced with metal messing and this was installed as the last job for the first week.

Well done to Richard Slee and his team for reaching this target.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Heritage Group Investigate the Original Barn Floor

Sunday morning and members of the Heritage Group were at the Hall investigating the original barn floor now that it was exposed. The floor of the barn appeared to have originally being at two levels. To the north side of the door a higher level, probably to unload the corn onto directly from the carts that brought it to the barn. This had been partly dug away when the barn was converted to a Parish Hall and the higher level only existed under the stage area. To the south side of the door the group fund a lower level hard whiter surface which appeared to have been formed using sand and lime mix.

The walls of the barn at lower levels are constructed of stone that appear to sit straight onto an original earth foundations at ground level. No mortar was found in the stonework that was exposed.

Some artefact were discovered including of old animal bones, metal chisel, and small broken glass bottle.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Moving Joists and Rubble

Thursday morning and a community volunteer team back at the Hall. All the joist and old timber was loaded onto the back of a trailer and taken to storage. The old stub walls that had supported the joists were demolished and the rubble loaded onto the back of another trailer and taken off site. This was the last work of the community volunteers in readiness for the contractor to start next Monday. A brilliant job well done. A very impressive team of community volunteers.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Removing Asbestos Packings from the Floor

Wednesday morning and AMS 2000 Ltd are at the Hall removing the asbestos based products that had been used to pack some of the old joists nearest to the stage end of the Hall. All the asbestos was bagged and removed and the whole area vacuumed. We have a Certificate of Cleanliness.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

De-nailing and Moving Joists

Tuesday morning and a volunteer crew at the Hall de-nailing the old floorboard and joists and stacking them ready to move into storage

Monday, 12 October 2015

Volunteer Lift Old Floorboards

Monday afternoon and the team of community volunteers at work in the Parish Hall lifting the old floorboards. Very impressive to see the skill and speed of the team who completed the task in the afternoon. Well done to all who helped.

Volunteers Start to Prepare the Hall

To start the conservation and improvement work we needed to move the Hall equipment, chairs, tables, etc., into storage. Monday morning and a great team of community volunteers turned up and worked all morning to move the equipment. Great job well done. No stopping us now.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Heritage Project Minutes & Dwellings Survey

Minutes of our September 2015 minutes now available on the EWPH site.

We need to start getting information for our Dwellings Survey.  Look out for the flyer which will be delivered to all in the Parish.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Electrical Supply Re-routed

Today Dart Electrics and Western Power have been at the Hall and have completed the necessary work to re-route the electrical supply to its new location in the storeroom.