Holy Trinity Church, Cookham

Serving at the Heart of Your Community

Restoration Project

                                    Outside Window       Porch2       Stonework

Holy Trinity Church, nestling on the banks of the Thames adjacent to Cookham bridge has served the village community for 1000 years. A classic Norman church built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. It is suggested that in the wall behind the altar there still exists some traces of Saxon masonry.

Holy Trinity is a much loved church and, perhaps its most famous admirer was Sir Stanley Spencer seen here, painting his famous picture of Jesus preaching at the Cookham Regatta. (No Health & Safety inspectors in those days!)

Spencer Regatta

The tower not only is a landmark in Cookham, but also houses a peel of ten bells, the oldest of which dates back to 1638. Through the ages these bells have beckoned worshippers, villagers, mourners and wedding guests to enter within Holy Trinity’s hallowed walls.

It is our duty to cherish and care for this beautiful church for those who come after us – as has been done by our forebears for us.

We Have a Duty of Care

As custodians of this ancient building we have a duty of care. It is our duty to cherish and care for this beautiful church for those who come after us – as has been done by our forebears for us.

Like most ancient buildings Holy Trinity Church suffers from a huge backlog of repair largely derived from well-intentioned but inappropriate repair and maintenance over the years.


The current Restoration Programme (2010-2015)

In 2008, as a result of a quinquennial inspection report (a Diocesan required professional survey of the church building and fabric every five years) Holy Trinity decided to embark on a c. £400,000 church restoration programme. With the benefit of two generous and substantial donations, as well as a series of fund-raising initiatives, we were able to tackle some significant projects.

The majority of this programme is now complete. The main projects comprised:-

Year

          Project

      Cost*

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2011

New floors in the St Clement Chapel and the Lady Chapel

(safer use, easier access

improved aesthetics)

 

 

£80,000

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2011

Lighting upgrade

 

(Health & Safety issues, better quality lights, and more environmentally friendly)

 

 

£30,000

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2012

Roof restoration

(Gutters, rainwater goods, lead flashing and new soakaway to make the roof waterproof)

 

 

 

 

£120,000

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2013/

2014

Windows restoration-phase 1 (7 windows)

 

(new glazing, stone repairs, re-setting)

 

 

£76,000

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2015

Windows restoration-phase 2 (7 windows)

£90,000

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         *Cost includes professional fees but excludes VAT

We have been fortunate in being able to reclaim VAT on relevant projects from the local places of worship grant scheme (LPWGS), totalling in excess of £32,000.

The above projects plus a series of minor ones, will absorb the restoration funds raised to date (£440k).

To enable phase 3 of the Windows project (a final 7 windows at an estimated cost of £45,000) to be undertaken, it will be carried forward to the next church restoration programme phase for which funds need to be raised (see below).

The next Restoration Programme – 2016 onwards


 The quinquennial inspection carried out in the latter part of 2013, revealed a further series of required projects that can be summarised as follows:- 


                       Project

Approx cost

Windows project – phase 3

£45,000

Upgrade of exterior walls – extensive repairs and maintenance. Some structural cracks.

£200,000

Churchyard tombstones and graves – making safe and orderly

£100,000

Miscellany of minor projects

£100,000

Part time project manager

£30,000

Budget figure

£500,000


Our Conservation Architect, with whom we have a lot of confidence due to his track record and professionalism, judges that once this next restoration programme has been carried out we will probably be in good shape for the next 70 years, subject to a well-planned annual maintenance programme.


 Donations and/or fundraising projects to help the church raise the funds for this final programme would be sincerely appreciated. A donation form is attached.  Bequests relating to any part of this Restoration programme, in memory of a loved one, will be welcome. Any enquiries or queries relating to the programme should be addressed to Mike Clark (mike@tapestryoflife.co.uk) or Chris Harris (chris.harris10@btinternet.com)


November 2014 update