Category Archives: Arise Diary

Our new hat is complete!

The work on the  “Tin Hat” is now in place. This will  protect the fabric of the church until the rebuilding is complete.

All Saints with the Tin Hat

All Saints Update – 5 March 2016

The work of erecting scaffolding at All Saints goes on. The ‘Top Hat’ temporary roof will go on very shortly.

We have now compiled a very comprehensive list of architects who will be invited to register an interest in the rebuilding work. Our vision statement will be going out to them very soon.

Year 5 at All Saints school are currently doing a project about the rebuilding. They will be visiting the site of the church on Wednesday, and will be conducting research amongst the public about the future use of the church.

Don’t forget the special Meeting on Saturday March 12th at 10.00am at P&J. Please note that this is not a consultation meeting like we had before, but an opportunity to ask questions and to hear in more detail how the project is proceeding.

All Saints Update – 5 February 2016

Work has started on the removal of headstones from the churchyard. This is necessary to facilitate the erection of scaffolding and access by heavy vehicles. The work is being done by experienced stone masons and every care will be taken with both the removal and storage of headstones. Not all stones will be removed, but an area near the walls needs to be cleared to provide access and prevent damage to the stones themselves. If you know of anyone who has relatives buried in the churchyard, please let them know what we are doing and why. There is more information elsewhere on the website.


All Saints Update – 8 January 2016

It may appear that there is very little happening right now but that’s not the case!

Behind the scenes there is much work going on in terms of arranging for the temporary roof, permission to move gravestones and provision for vehicular access – when these are all in place we will publish more info.

Our PCC meet on 18th January to further consider the vision for the future and we will circulate a document to our congregations and community following this meeting.

All Saints Update – 28 November 2015

The PCC met on Saturday 28 November to consider the many responses (56 pages of A4) to our consultation exercise. This was a very successful meeting, led by the Holy Spirit, and a fairly clear way forward was agreed upon. A detailed report of this will be published in the near future.

The young man who pleaded guilty of starting the fire was sentenced on Friday 27 November. He was sentenced to 4 years in a youth offender institution followed by 3 years of supervision. Please continue praying for him, his family, and all who have been affected by the fire.

Scaffolding to protect the chancel arch
Scaffolding to protect the chancel arch

Work has started on the scaffolding to protect the church over the winter. The first stage completed is to protect the mural painting on the chancel arch (known as “noly, noly  noly” due to the font shape of the h!)

Consultation on rebuilding

Consultation meeting on 10th October
Consultation meeting on 10th October

Thank you to everyone who has attended our consultation sessions, or sent us their thoughts and ideas about the rebuilding. These are now being collated and we will shortly report back to you a summary of what people have been telling us.

If you would like to submit ideas in writing please do so to the Parish Office by Friday 16th October.

All Saints clearance progress October 15

The clearance at All Saints by the specialists  has now been completed and the church has been handed back to us.  The pulpit, font and Lefroy memorial have been enclosed in plywood to protect them from winter weather.

The ‘Top Hat’ (temporary roof) will be fitted in the next month or so. This will cut out the light so these sunny views of the church may be the last you will see for a while.

Clearance begins – update 23 August

This week work began on the clearance of debris from the church. The team from Richford’s will be carrying this out, with support from our architect and conservator. Work to remove asbestos from the boiler room and vestries, and to repair the Choir vestry roof, will also be beginning soon. This will allow the vestry to be used as a storage space for salvaged items, and provide facilities for the clearance team to use. This clearance work will probably take the best part of two months to complete.

A lift platform has arrived on site
A lift platform has arrived on site

Meanwhile, the PCC will be conducting a widespread consultation asking what we want from our church building in the future, as a first step towards making plans for the rebuilding. This will be done by means of a series of open meetings, as well as inviting people to give us their thoughts in person or in writing. Once clearance is completed, the windows and doors of the church will be sealed, scaffolding erected and a temporary roof put on to protect surviving monuments and furnishings, and to make the site secure. Then the work of rebuilding can begin!
Please pray for all those working on site, and for all the professionals working hard on our behalf.

All Saints Church – Update 17 August

Since the Great Fire of 22nd June it appears that little has changed except the fence and the security guard. Remedial action will soon be apparent so I will explain what has happened so far.

Richard Buller
Richard Buller

As the fire burned our Bishop and Archdeacon appeared, so right from the start the Diocese were informed and we had the Bishops guiding prayers for the future. The Standing Committee then met soon afterwards and was enlarged by invitation to Richard Buller, Jenny Thorne and Nic Evans and it has met regularly since.

On advice, Nick Doran and myself appointed our Quinquennial Architect Robin Nugent to assist with the initial phase of the work which was to make the site safe and to then to clear the rubble. We have had several discussions with the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company, Crawfords the Loss Adjusters, their Structural Engineer and Richfords their Emergency Contractors who provided the Fence and Security guard.

The Churchwardens - or Bob the Builder?
The Churchwardens – or Bob the Builder?

We have had meetings with Hart District Council and communications with the Diocesan Advisory Committee resulting in the Chancellor of the Diocese giving us permission to proceed with the initial phase of the work.

The PCC has now appointed 3cRisk as Principal Designer and Richfords as Principal Contractor to meet Health and Safety requirements. An Asbestos survey has been carried out and its removal planned.

South Aisle facing east
South Aisle facing east – toward the site of the Organ

With regard to the damage caused by the fire we can say nothing remains of the Nave and Aisle roofs or Rose window or contents.

The Organ and much of the Chancel was destroyed though not the three Sanctuary stained glass windows .

Pulpit Chancel
Pulpit, Chancel, and Sanctuary Stained Glass Window

The Lefroy Monument, old Reredos, Font and Pulpit were damaged but a major part of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” wall painting  across the Chancel Arch has survived. We have appointed Hirst Conservation to advise on these Burges matters.

Next week we should see a crane and other machinery arrive to deal with the high level debris and skips for clearing up etc.

The PCC will then start to discuss the process of consultation with Parishioners, the Town and other interested bodies with regard to the future of the building.

Andrew Moyse, Churchwarden

Launch of All Saints Fund

The PCC and community of All Saints have been heartened by the support we have received from the community of Fleet following the fire last Monday. We are hugely grateful for all the offers of help and support, both financial and otherwise.

The building works and re-roofing costs of All Saints church will be met by our insurance company. However, there will be many other costs involved before we can become a fully operational church again.

In view of all the many donations and offers to fund-raise on our behalf we have set up an ‘All Saints Fund’ to receive financial gifts. It would be a great help to us if you could use this title when fundraising for us, as mention of ‘rebuilding the roof’ will greatly restrict the way we are able to use your gift.

For More details see “How Can I Help?

Thank you again for all your continued help and support.