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Rising up 

April 24 2013

View from the site hut we can now see clearly our new church rising from the ground            Here can be seen ground level rooms in foreground and worship area in the background.      Ground level rooms

View from the site hut we can now see             Ground level rooms in foreground                 Ground level rooms
our new church rising from the ground               and worship area in the background

End wall.         View from the side looking across ground level rooms       looking through the ground level rooms
End Wall                                         View from the side looking across ground level rooms     Looking through the ground level rooms                                         

 Ground floor meeting room.      Looking across the worship area.     Other meeting room, looks huge!!
  Ground Floor meeting room                             Looking across the worship area                  Other meeting room  

 Floor of the worship area, will look different in about seven months!!     Meeting rooms can be seen at both ends. Toilets in the middle and vestry just to the right.       
 Floor of the worship area                          Meeting rooms at both ends, toilets in the middle, vestry just to the right

Francesca discussing exactly how she wants the finish to look       Yes dear!!      This is how I want it. Francesca went into minute detail, It was amazing to listen to her explain what is required her knowledge is incredible.

The architect  discussing exactly how she wants the finish to look, going into minute detail
Even down to using a nail brush !!    Shape of the external wall worship area     View from the side, all still tidy with no waste.
Even down to using a nail brush                     Shape of the external wall worship area         View from the side  


March Foundation Progress

March 23 2013

The view through the viewing window.    Foundations can now be clearly seen.     This picture shows the worship area foundations.
The view through the viewing window           Foundations can now be clearly seen             Worship area foundations  
  

I have always wanted to jump around in cement, but don't tell anyone!!     I Dropped my phone here somewhere    You will never see these again. Hopefully!!
Jumping around in cement                                                                                                These will never be seen again, hopefully

Prize for the best caption for this one      Carefully protecting the foundations from the cold.    What's that buzzing?
                                                         Carefully protecting the foundations from the cold

This is the rain harvester that will collect the majority of rain water from the site.      A good view of the shape of the church and adjoining building      Great picture of the foundations. 
The rain water harvester which will collect      A good view of the shape of the church           The foundations
most of the rainwater from the site                and adjoining building   

 Looks like a grabber in a machine in a Fare Ground !!  


Groundworks setting out

February 23 2013

Snow has now cleared and a steady stream of lorries remove excess soil to enable foundations to be laid.     If you look carefully you can see the shape of the Worship area.     More topsoil being removed. The underlying chalk was of poor quality which meant the builder had to go down much further than was anticipated to get good anchorage for the foundations. 
Snow has now cleared and a steady stream     If you look carefully you can see the shape    More topsoil being removed.  The underlying chalk 
of lorries remove excess soil to enable the      of the worship area                                      was of poor quality which meant the builder  had to
foundations to be laid                                                                                                        go down much further than was anticipated to get
                                                                                                                                        good anchorage for the foundations
From this picture you can see the depth of the soil and chalk removed. Look also at the blue markers. These indicate where foundations and shape of building will be.    Groundworks underway     IMG_6500
This picture shows the depth of the soil and          Groundworks underway                         A long sheet of black protective covering 
chalk removed.  Blue markers indicate where                                                                    covers a piece of the foundations from the old church
foundations and shape of building will be                                                                           which were left in place under the new church

IMG_6496     IMG_6497     Consultants and builders discussing the weather. They really were!!
Another view of the foundations                     A view showing the scale of the foundations   Consultants and builders discussing the weather 
                                                                     using the digger as a guide    
Markers set out for foundations. Look at the poor quality chalk.      Another marker.  
Markers set out for the foundations                Another marker
See the poor quality chalk 


Ground-breaking Ceremony 24th January 2013

On Thursday 24th January 2013 our minister, Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden, and the majority of the team involved in the building of our new church gathered on a cold snow covered day to break the ground for the first stages of the building. Francesca Weal our architect, Tony Silver Quantity surveyor and the builders met at 10.30 am   Whilst it was cold somehow no one seemed to mind. Every one was in such a happy frame of mind and there was a real feeling of God’s presence and team spirit.  

We positioned Vindra in the very place the new worship area will be. 

The digger first moved some snow away to enable Vindra to put the first spade into the ground. This was followed by a short dedication service as there is no actual official ceremony. This was very appreciated by all the team present.

This was then followed up with some lovely really happy photos of Vindra, colour co-ordinated of course, having some fun with the digger. Thankfully she did not drive it!

Vindra and Tony Silver Quantity Surveyor with consultants in the background.     Where did we say the church goes?     Discussions just before the Groundbreaking
Vindra and Tony Silver, quantity surveyor                                                                          Discussions just before the ground-breaking
with consultants in the background
Vindra in the exact place where the Worship area will be!!     So colour co-ordinated!!     We now have an Angel of the South!!

Vindra in the exact place where the new worship area will be    Colour co-ordinated                            Angel of the South

One very happy Vindra     The digger that actually started the Groundbreaking.     Vindra climbing into the digger, oh dear!!
                                                         The digger that started the ground-breaking    Vindra climbing into the digger

Made it.      How do I move it forward?     Clearly having fun.

Vindra having fun in the digger

IMG_6447     And more !!     Ok boys lets go.  

Part of the team. What a lovely bunch with Vindra up on high.    All the consultants, builders and the Angel of the South.      Everyone and the Angel of the South               Vindra and the project team                            Vindra and the consultants and builders

Where do I plug this in ?     Vindra officially breaking ground of our new church.        IMG_6466        
                                                     
Vindra officially breaking the ground of the new church
Once again clearly having fun and enjoying the ceremony.      Prayers of dedication. There is no actual official ceremony. This was very much appreciated by all the team.       The very beginning.
                                                                     Prayers of dedication                                     The very beginning


These pictures were taken from a blog on the building project which also includes pictures of the demolition of the previous church which stood on the site