St. Michaels Church, Offham, is a small but beautiful, rustic, 11th century Grade I listed building. The Church needs repair and restoration in accordance with the recommendations of the 2013 Quinquennial report carried out by Diocesan architects Thomas Ford & Partners.
The Quinquennial work currently underway entails:
- In order to remove water getting into the historic fabric of our stone walls, all the gutters are being replaced and a new soakaway is being dug in the Churchyard to create an underground channel from the water trenches around the church to the soakaway some way distant, ensuring that water easily gets away from the building.
- Masonry repairs are needed to a number of our 11th to 13th century masonry walls, repointing the ragstone walls and, in some places, replacing key stones with fresh Kentish rag stone. Repairs are also being carried out to to the Nave’s western gable.
- Internally, the project will carry out extensive plaster repairs to the area around the Altar, and re-decoration of the Chancel and Nave once that roof and rainwater goods work is all done.
In addition to the repair works, St Michael’s volunteers are working on a number of small related projects to promote and raise awareness of the history of our building, helping people to learn more about our wonderful local church and the history of our village, and encouraging more people to use the building.