The oldest part of our church building was built in 1811. It is a timber frame with a single brick cladding.
Following the completion of Phase One ( see below) we have now embarked on the next stage in 2021
Update on our latest Church Repair Project 2021
The most recent Quinquennial Report, dated July 2019, outlines the urgent work still needed to repair and improve the outer walls of the sanctuary.
The External Repair Project 2021 consists of three sections:
1 Renovation of the outside of the building.
2 Improving disabled access and parking.
3. Insulation of the large roof void.
The work for section 1 comprises the following:
i) Remove hard render cement to South and West Elevations and replace with lime based external render; (in several places the render is coming away from the walls leaving large gaps where water can enter)
ii) Remove cement based paint finish from external brick facing, re-point bricks where necessary and provide Kiem shelter coat finish;
iii) Investigate and repair the external fabric to the Prayer room.
Section 2: involves the replacement of some external gravel areas with tarmac to form two wheelchair accessible car parking spaces.
Section 3: comprises the addition of loft insulation and safe access platform across the loft for future maintenance and adjustment of the timber facia to increase ventilation of the roof space.
The total cost, including professional fees is £99,777 including VAT. We have just received planning permission for the works from the Baptist Union Listed Buildings Association Committee, and approval of building regulations from South Norfolk District Council.
We hope to be able to complete the work in 2021.Preferably starting May/June, and completion by November.
We are in the process of applying for grants, and members and friends have already begun to contribute, so our building fund stands at £30,000 for now. We have already had offers of grants of around £25,000 from 3 providers, and are waiting for responses from others. Anyone can help… maybe you could collect small change on a bottle… pick one up from the Coffee Shop when you are passing.. or if you would like to make a donation, drop it off at the Coffee Shop when we are open, or post through the door.
We hope to complete this work in 2021, to protect the walls from further deterioration, and ensure that we can continue to welcome old friends, and new, as we begin to step into a new normal!!
We Pray that God will make this project possible and that this
Chapel (built in 1812) will remain for another 200 years to witness
and spread the ‘Good News’ of Jesus Christ.
Over the last 200 years, the frame had badly deteriorated and was in need of extensive repair. Investigative works identified the extent of the problem, which involved replacing much of the oak sole plate and a significant amount of timbers followed by making good the interior walls and redecorating.
The works were expected to cost in the region of £90,000. A vast sum for a modest rural church to find.
We started fundraising in September 2017 and by September 2018, we had raised £80,000. This has been accomplished from a mixture of donations, collections and grants. In April 2018 we held a special Gift Weekend as part of our Anniversary celebrations and raised a magnificent £8,000. We are so grateful to people for their generosity and to God for His faithfulness through this project.
We are pleased to announce that the builders began work on 24th September 2018 and the work was completed in April 2019 in time for the Easter services.
See below for updates during the building works with accompanying photographs. And the last entry as we prepare to take back our building.
Praise the Lord !!!
We are pleased to report that the building work at our church is progressing well. Please take a look at some photographs taken this week.
This photograph was taken inside the main hall of the church looking west.
This is another image of the westerly wall of the main hall in the church.
This image looks towards the back of the room and shows the balcony around the back and sides. The floor is covered in boards to protect the carpet.
This last image looks towards the easterly wall in the main hall and shows the mezzanine floor.
We hope that you find these photographs interesting and encouraging as the work progresses towards completion.
Unfortunately, the builders have discovered further problems with the timber framework of our chapel. It was found that some of the windows were allowing rain water to reach the framework, including the new timbers. So this had to be rectified. In this process it has been discovered that the framework supporting the windows has just rotted away. It now means most of the windows now need examining and remedial work undertaken. Not only will this mean further cost, but this additional work will also delay our return to the chapel. The latest estimate for our return is now Easter. We are very grateful to the architect and the builders, who are doing such an amazing and thorough job.
As the day approaches when we will return to our chapel at Carleton Rode Baptist Church, here are some photographs taken in April of the progress made by the builders. You'll see quite a difference from the pictures taken in February.
We are so pleased with the progress that's been made and we look forward to the day we can return to our home in Carleton Rode. Why not come along and visit us in our newly restored home at the Chapel. We hope to see you soon.
Building Project Thanksgiving
We are so pleased to announce that our Timber Frame repair project is now complete. After around 12 months of planning and fundraising, the work on the walls began in September 2018. Having overcome some further problems which were encountered as the work progressed, we are finally able to use the church again.
We have been so grateful to everyone for their support; members, friends, people in the local community and the wider Baptist family have all contributed in an amazing way and without their support we would not have been able to carry out the work. Thank you to you all.
We also want to give thanks and praise to God for the many ways He has clearly helped and led us through this whole project.
We wanted to mark the re-opening in a special way, so we planned thanksgiving celebrations to coincide with our Church Anniversary weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019. This was well attended and a very special day for us .
It will not come as much of a surprise to say that restoration work has not finished, the building is, after all, over 200 years old.
Further work is now needed to the outside of the premises. As yet we have not got a start date for this. We will update this page when more is known.
We are grateful to the following organisations for grants towards the project. Without their support we would not have been able to complete the work.