We are incredibly blessed at St. Illtud's to have two dedicated groups of volunteers who look after our general maintenance needs and co-ordinate the larger restoration activities.
Team Tuesday take care of all those little (and not so little!) jobs within the church and it's grounds to make sure we stay safe and are well cared for during services and events.
Some say they only come out under the cover of darkness, and that they blend mortar with their own feet because it's cheaper than hiring a cement mixer. All we know is they're called the Three Musketeers!
We are fortunate at St. Illtud's Church to have a dedicated bunch of volunteers who undertake all sorts of work to help keep the church grounds in tip top order.
This team, or the "Church Working Party" attend most Tuesdays, and have done so since 2003!
Rarely does such a strong team of individual experts come together to create such an effervescent force for good!
On a more serious note, Gareth, Errol and David have worked tirelessly to raise significant funds and bring together Church in Wales governing bodies, local authority departments, specialist architects, voluntary grant providers and builders, naming but a few, to ensure our Parish Church returns to its resplendent best and is safe for all visitors.
Their greatest feet to date has been the much anticipated restoration of the Church Tower - read below for more details. But now that this daunting task has been completed, and there being no rest for the wicked, the tireless trio are moving onto Phase 2 of restoration activities. Focussing on redecoration, new lighting throughout, roof checks and tile replacement, new carpeting in the chancel and a full electrics check this work hopes to be complete this year.
Our beloved and iconic Church Tower dates back to 1636, and over the years had required various maintenance activities. Unfortunately, as time would tell, some of this historical maintenance was not completed to the best possible quality.
What was wrong?
Although previous maintenance was completed with the best possible of intentions, time and weather had taken their toll, causing the cladding used to protect the building's stone work to crumble and fall away. This had three impacts:
Before restoration work started, the tower was causing a real safety issue for those standing below
What did we do about it?
Conducting maintenance to a historical building unfortunately takes time. This is in part due to the number of stakeholders involved, careful investigations of the work required and planning to undertake the work. However, by far the most time consuming element was raising the funds required to undertake the work.
The work we needed to undertake was extremely costly. Since 2017, we had worked tirelessly with an incredibly supportive group of people: our architects, parishioners and of course the Church in Wales amongst others. The work we required to undertake is summarised by:
Thankfully, the work is now complete. It has been an incredibly long and frustrating journey from start to finish. But all that effort has paid off - all our thanks and prayers goes to the Three Musketeers, without whom the restoration of the Church Tower would not have been possible!
Completed in 2020, the tower looks fantastic and will be safe for years to come