Adderbury church brought to life as visitors learn about restoration

Adderbury Church Tower Project Have a Go Day. Stone Edge Site Manager, Rob Heath, demonstrates stone bankering. NNL-180828-140129009
Adderbury Church Tower Project Have a Go Day. Stone Edge Site Manager, Rob Heath, demonstrates stone bankering. NNL-180828-140129009

Members of the public had a go at stonework while learning about the progress of the restoration project at St Mary’s Church in Adderbury today (Tuesday, August 28).

Contractor Stone Edge is currently rebuilding the church’s badly-damaged eastern parapet and repairing a number of other parts of the church.

Rev Stephen Fletcher has a go at bankering stone with Stone Edge site manager Rob Heath NNL-180828-140108009

Rev Stephen Fletcher has a go at bankering stone with Stone Edge site manager Rob Heath NNL-180828-140108009

Expert stonemasons showed visitors how to point and chisel stone, including vicar Rev Stephen Fletcher, to engage the community in the project.

“It went very well, there was quite a crowd in the end and a steady flow of people came through,” he said.

“It’s a tremendous building St Mary’s Church, a great asset to our community and nationally recognised as being significant.

“You walk by and take it for granted so to get some hands-on experience of how it’s being preserved was a real opportunity for people.”

Dave Yates, who is from Portsmouth but used to live in Bodicote, came to visit as his family were stonemasons in Adderbury for 400 years. NNL-180828-140219009

Dave Yates, who is from Portsmouth but used to live in Bodicote, came to visit as his family were stonemasons in Adderbury for 400 years. NNL-180828-140219009

Mr Fletcher thanked the Heritage Lottery Fund for helping to organise the event, as the money raised by lottery players contributed £290,400 to the £400,000 project.

School children will also get to ‘have a go’ and learn about the 800-year-old building and the restoration project on September 11.

Church warden Richard Davis creating a flat face on stone with Stone Edge site manager Rob Heath NNL-180828-140207009

Church warden Richard Davis creating a flat face on stone with Stone Edge site manager Rob Heath NNL-180828-140207009

Andy Chamberlain, from contractors Stone Edge, talks about the restoration work NNL-180828-140304009

Andy Chamberlain, from contractors Stone Edge, talks about the restoration work NNL-180828-140304009

St Mary's Church in Adderbury is undergoing restoration and are holding a 'have a go' open day NNL-180815-154917001

St Mary's Church in Adderbury is undergoing restoration and are holding a 'have a go' open day NNL-180815-154917001