Having carried out the most critical work on the church, retiling a substantial portion of the roof, now we are considering how best to go about the other major work required – removing concrete rendering and pointing, repairing stone work and repointing with the correct lime mortar. Not only will this restore the building back to how it was originally constructed, it should also cure ongoing damp problems, allowing us to redecorate.
As a first step we are investigating what lies under the concrete rendering on the outside of the south wall, and also the remains of wall paintings which are believed to be found on the inside. These investigations will enable us to finalise the scope of the work required.
Following our WW1 Commemoration last June which raised £1000 we have received some very generous donations and the Fund Raising Account now stands at nearly £22,000. Much more will be needed for the future works, but the funds we are raising will hopefully put us in a good position to obtain grants to cover a substantial portion of the cost.
We are pleased to announce that the church will be open again on weekends in January and February thanks to some very kind volunteers.
Regular openings will commence on 4th/5thMarch. It will be open at weekends and most weekdays from 10am-4pm.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who have enabled the church to be open for visitors. It has been very encouraging to see the number of visitors to the church since the regular openings. From March to September 294 people signed the visitors book coming from as far away as New Zealand! Thank you all for your generous donations. Please come back and bring your friends!
Booklets and postcards are available for sale and there is a folder containing information on the graveyards and monuments within the church.
We would like to thank all who came and supported the WW1 Commemoration at Hamsey Church on 9th June. We are pleased to announce that the sum of £1,103 was raised and added to the Restoration Fund.
June 8th - Judge Michael Kennedy’s group will be singing compline. The group will be at the church from 7.00pm for a rehearsal to which anyone is invited and then the Office of Compline will commence at 8.00pm and last for about 30 minutes. After that, do join the group for strawberries and a glass of wine. Compline was traditionally the final service of the day and takes the form of beautiful chants sung in Latin. This is a haunting sound in the church on a perfect June evening.
June 10th at 6.00pm, there will be the first of two summer concerts by the Musicians of All Saints Lewes. For further details check out www.mas-lewes.co.uk
June 17th, 6.00pm The Second Concert by the Musicians of All Saints Lewes.