We are now seeing swift progress on the extension. Roof trusses are in place, masons have completed the carved moulding and the new stone blocks are being laid with traditional lime mortar.
Meanwhile a time capsule has been buried under the new site of the font. It contains a weekly letter by Jessica, the FTCG Autumn newsletter – with information on the church development – a prayer book mark from the Mothers Union and a new £5 note.
It is hoped that the work will be completed by mid-December to allow us to prepare for Christmas services. Further details about these will be published here and on our Facebook page.
Yorkshire stone to clad the extension arrived this morning and the first courses will be laid this afternoon. Aptly enough, the hand-tooled blocks were hewn in a quarry near Holmfirth.
They may stand in contrast to the church's predominantly dark exterior, but the choice was deliberate. The church is built from sandstone which became blackened over the years by domestic and industrial soot.
Inspection of some parts of the exterior walls – and any part of the exposed interior walls – reveals the golden stones that preceded the sooty deposits.
As the large hole below indicates, work has also stated on breaking through the back wall to create an entrance to the extension. It is now anticipated that the first phase of the project will be finished by mid-December.
As ever, donations towards the second phase of our appeal, the provision of a kitchen, are particularly welcomed. Details of how to contribute are contained on our contact page.
Masons are beginning to dress the stone for the walls of our extension in preparation for delivery to the site in the next week or so.
By the start of October, the roof should be in place and by the end of November the first phase of the project should be complete.
This would not have been possible without the generosity of grant bodies and individual donors. We thank them all and it gives us pleasure to name them here:
The Rochester Bridge Trust, A private donor, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, Bishop’s Development Fund, Kirkburton Parish Council, supporters of Church fundraising events, Farnley Tyas Community Group, Farnley WI, supporters of the Community Café, Friends of Farnley school, other individuals.
Despite the wild winds and heavy rain of recent days, there has been encouraging progress on our extension.
A concrete floor is now in place and the builders have broken through the outer skin of the church's south west wall to create a doorway.
Further stages in the completion of the floor include laying a screed, installing heating pads and finishing the surface with quarry tiles.
Meanwhile, a team of experienced masons will soon be on site to begin constructing the extension's new stone walls. Responsibility for that task lies with conservation and restoration specialists Mono Masonry of Oldham.
Below, an historic event: a traffic jam in Farnley Tyas. The temporary hiatus was caused by the large vehicle which brought the aggregate for the floor. It was patiently ferried to the site by Mark Dransfield and levelled by Paul Barden.
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It is now possible to donate to our development appeal online via givealittle, a British-based fundraising platform.
The digital crowdfunder has been in operation since 2016 and is used by many churches, schools and charities to receive donations. It does not charge for its basic service.
It enables us to accept contactless donations online and via our card reader in church. To donate online, simply click on the blue link above to pay the amount you choose by debit or credit card. And thank you advance!
Alternatively, you may point your smartphone at the Q code on the right to go straight to the donations web page.
Impressive progress is being been made on the new extension at St Lucius'.
The groundwork contractors began their excavations for the strip foundations on Monday morning.
But despite the best efforts of the searing heat to dry the concrete prematurely, the foundation blockwork had been constructed to floor level by Thursday lunchtime.
Some of the drainage pipes which serve the toilets and kitchen are also in place after a small change to the original scheme was sanctioned by the Kirklees building inspector. Now all is set for the first layer of the floor to be laid. After that, specialist masons will start to construct the building's outer skin.