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Floor Restoration Project

08 July 2020

Pews temporarily moved

St George’s is closed for now...

…That will come as no surprise to anyone at the moment. However the reason behind our closure might.

Part of our planning for the Tercentenary in 2024 was to refurbish both the wooden parquet and marble flooring. Notwithstanding careful maintenance over many years, both floors are showing signs of significant wear and tear. Whilst the church had to be closed (for other, well-known reasons) we decided to see if the work to the floors could be done during that time. With much assistance from our dear departed Dee, Richard our Verger, and Karen Butti our Architect we started the work on 29 June, which requires the church itself to be closed to the public. If COVID has shown us all anything it is that old ways of working can be hastened and so a project that might well have taken many months was “shovel ready” in just a few weeks.

Of course, we could not know when St George’s would be allowed to reopen for public worship and our work will not be finished by the date given by HM Government. But we will not be far behind and we will have completed a task which would have required the closure of St George’s anyway.

In the meantime, those seeking private prayer will be able to use the church porch for their devotions and prayers.

Graham Barnes

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