Phase One costs updated

Our architect, Peter Preston (Manifest Design Workshop), has finalised the drawing of Phase 1 which addresses all the external works to remedy the causes of damp, and improve access to the building for those who have difficulty with their mobility. A French drain will be built around the walls of the church, the capacity of the downpipes increased by adding additional downpipes which will be connected to the main drainage via the hall. Additionally, the walls will be repointed with lime mortar [Read more...]

Chapel Renovation update – January 2021

Hook Norton Baptist Chapel Sketch

The M&E consultants working on the electrical and heating design have finalised their specification and submitted them to our architect for inclusion in the final specification documents for tendering. There were a few queries around siting of the oil-fired boiler and flue, the routing of cables and pipes to / from the chapel, and the requirements for air extraction, but these have now been resolved. Our architect is now busy producing all the documentation ready for review by the [Read more...]

Black Lives Matter

I was disgusted and angry over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on 25th May 2020. He was killed at the knee of a police office using unreasonable force to detain George, and despite George crying out "I can't breathe!" the officer continued to kneel on him for over eight minutes. Another two officers were restraining George with yet another preventing the crowd from intervening. I can understand the anger of the crowd seeing police officers using unreasonable force to restrain a [Read more...]

Renovation project update

Our architect is waiting on the final report from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineer on the heating and lighting design recommendations. As soon as they are received, Peter Preston, our architect will update the drawings and prepare the final specifications to us. Meanwhile, we are grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their pledge of £15,000 towards our renovation costs.

Calling all Hooky Christians!

It is an interesting static that out of the 2,500 or so folk living in Hook Norton, only around 2% regularly worshipped in the two Christian churches in the village; St Peter's church and the Baptist church, pre-Covid-19 lockdown! According to the 2011 census, 60% of the population identified as Christian, and yet less than 6% regularly attended church at least once a week, if you believe Wikipedia. So using that statistic, I have been wondering, where do the other 4% of Hooky Christians [Read more...]