The Diocese of Chelmsford has issued a Notification of Advice for our Faculty Application for the initial stages of the organ rebuilding. This is part of the process of getting approval for the proposed works and means that a consultation period has started. The Notice may be seen on display in the church.
Amongst the bodies that we will consult are Historic England (formerly English Heritage) who comment on all works on listed buildings. We will also be asking the local historical society about their views on the change to the appearance of the organ front once the design has been completed.
As the photo shows, the current organ front it rather dull in appearance and does not cover the whole width of the gallery such that the scaffolding access walkway is visible. We intend that the new design will solve these issues and greatly improve the appearance of the west end of the church.
We will make a second faculty application to the diocese one the design of the organ front is complete.