Achievements and project list


Since its formation in 2006 the Friends have raised over £50,000 towards:

– removal of tower window guards to stop staining of the stonework;

– re-glazing and repair of stonework to small south window;
– removal of beetle-infested pews;
– repair of tower steps;*
– installation of a rope-hold and lighting in the tower stairway;
– renewal & strengthening of tower roof walkways;
– re-covering of drains with stone;
– re-lining of 11 tombs with kerbs;

– restoration of 2 table tombs;
– purchase of 6 large folding tables, 40 wooden chairs and 80 folding chairs;

– new heating system for the Nave;
– new heating system for the Nave;
– re-siting of mains services;

– new floor & ceiling in the bell room;
– re-establishment of a 2nd floor in the tower;
– return of the Miles Graye bell from Colchester Museum, and its repair,refurbishment, & positioning in the tower;

– refurbishment of the piano;
– 1st phase of North Porch project;

– completion of North Porch Project (with kitchenette, disabled toilet, storage areas, baby changing facilities & ramps for wheelchair use;

– re-plastering & limewashing  of lower walls in  the Vestry and Nave;
– installation of a temporary ring main in the Nave;
– replacement of damaged/missing roof tiles, and  repair of holes where the roof joins the tower walls;
– re-painting of gutters;

* Achieved by the ‘Sonsor a Step’ scheme. See list of sponsors & dedications in blue folder at the church information area.

– further re-plastering followed by limewashing.


Items in red are highest priorities

Location Work item Cost estimate Benefits

Door from Nave to North Porch

Repair & restore to English Heritage specifications, and fit a catch, handle etc. Over £200 Better ease of use, improved safety for users, and  to conserve the door itself
North Porch –
graveyard edge
a) Cut metal piles down to ground level

b) Build a wall in front of piles


Over £300

 Retention of earth and nearby grave(s)
Outside the West door and the walkway to the North Porch emergency door Install paving Improved safety, and to comply with Health & Safety legislation
Tower –
belfry louvres
Replacement, plus (ideally) windows installed inside of them Weatherproofing
Tower –
bottom  door
Re-hanging/resetting Better ease of use, and to conserve it
Tower –
both upper rooms
Install an access door to each Improved safety &security, and to enable the rooms to be used
Tower –
ringing chamber
Full clean-up Nil (if done by volunteer  working party) Tidiness
Convert into an archive/museum room/project room with adequate lighting, sockets, furniture & storage cabinets A facility for safely storing the church records & artefacts, and for housing Peldon History Project items (e.g.  artefacts, documents, photographs etc.)
Outer walls Re-point various gaps in the tower, buttresses, South Porch and Nave £745

(possibly part-funded by grant)

Stoppage of water ingress
West door – reinstatement as a working door and fire exit Misc. work to make it it operate correctly.

Completion of lowering the outside earth mound, plus general landscaping.

  Improved safety and ease of use of the doorway as a whole.

A return to a private means of entry into the Vestry.

Nave and associated areas – floor Complete replacement of flooring & supporting structure
+ incorporation of the 13 amp ring main
Around £80,000 (preferably via funding bodies) Improved safety & comfort, therefore enabling more and varied use of the church
Electrical wiring and fittings Misc. work as detailed in the 2015 Electrical Report (not related to items replaced in 2011). Limited deterioration & subsequent safety issues
Boundary –
south fences & gates
Install new fence & gateposts, & rehang gates Reinstatement of original boundary and improved tidiness
Mower shed Restore or replace Improved security
Elm trees Remove dead ones Improved safety