St Mary’s Church has recently completed the second phase of the re-ordering project, with generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exterior work comprised essential roof, masonry and window repairs to halt the ingress of rainwater: replacement of tiles on several roof slopes, relining of three lead valley gutters, overhaul of some rainwater downpipes including replacement of one larger hopper and chute and several gutters, masonry repairs to the tower and church including pointing and replacement of some Caen stone blocks, copings and mouldings, removal, repair and reinstatement of three leaking and distorted stained glass windows.
Inside the church the focus has been on improving accessibility and amenities.
This has included the removal of some pews adjacent to the south aisle and the main door, and removal of the raised floor levels under the pews to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, as well as the old and young.
This has created a new and different space to be used not only for church activities, but also to be used by the many village organisations as well.
There has also been a programme of activities with a number of schools in the area focusing on the traditional crafts of stained glass window repair and stonework.
The church guide has been updated and a new children’s trail has been developed with generous support from The Arts Society. These, together with information about the history of the Parish of Frittenden and the Heritage of the church, can be accessed on the new Infopoint system in the church. This allows visitors to read about the history and follow a tour on their own mobile devices.
The grant from The Heritage Lottery Foundation has been made possible by National Lottery players.