Grant funds help raise the roof
The ongoing restoration of the roof on Guyra’s Anglican Church has been given an $11,300 boost, thanks to a grant from an unusual source.
Church Warden John Davidson said that they were invited to apply for a grant amounting to 50% of the cost of finalising the repairs to the roof by Ansvar, the organisation responsible for insuring the Armidale Anglican Diocese properties.
“This is a surprisingly pro-active move by Ansvar, the idea being if they help fix the roof we won’t need to make a claim for damages in the event of a severe storm,” Mr Davidson said.
The first two stages of the repairs have been carried out over the last few years by the contractor S & DC Grant from Glen Innes. Stage 1 was to remove all the lichen from the Terra Cotta tiles to enable the identification of all broken tiles. Stage 2 involved the replacement of the broken tiles and the re-pointing of the tile beds.
To complete the project, stage three will involve the replacement of all the lead flashings and the final stage will see the overcoating of the valley flashings to extend their life. The overall cost of all four stages of the repairs to the church roof will amount to some $54, 674.
“We have managed to pay for the first two Stages from a
Donation Fund set up for the purpose plus a small amount paid out of church funds,” Mr Davidson said.
“Contactor Steve Grant graciously stood by his original quote for the first two stages but unfortunately between the time of the quote back in 2015 and receiving the grant the cost to completion increased considerably. As a result, the budget has blown out by about $6200, which we will again have to fund from donations and church funds.”
“The contractor has now been instructed to proceed with the next stage and we are just waiting for all the gear to arrive to enable work to start.”