On Wednesday during a maintenance inspection it was discovered that there are some significant leaks in the roof of the church. The ridge capping seems to have rusted through creating openings for the water to enter the roof space. Active consideration is being given in relation to the repair works to be undertaken.
During the same inspection it was discovered that the metal pins that hold the large central glass window at the back of the church have broken. The mortar holding the centre stone column in place has also disintegrated making the window very fragile. In its current form it is the glass itself that is the only structure holding the window together.
On Friday emergency scaffold was erected to make the site safe while further inspection work is undertaken. A course of action is being worked out with a stonemason and stain glass window expert.
Due to the work being carried out, the family room inside the church will be out of bounds until further notice. Outside the church, the area under the stained glass window on John Street has been marked off with safety barriers. The most likely short-term solution will be removal and boarding up of the window area.
Please bear with us as we undertake this urgent repair work.
Site Coordinating Minister – St Hilary’s Kew