Repairs and Restoration 2017 - Page 2

Clearing the Common of Encroaching Bush

 Whilst the clearing of bush cannot be classified as a repair, nor a restoration, the clearing of encroaching bush on the Common and the perimeter fencing is essential to restoring order to the Church grounds.

The wattle and thorn bush infestation can only be controlled by removal and this has been an onerous task for the staff of Allan Pike and Brandon Handley. They have cleared huge swathes of bush from the perimeter fencing and the Common as evidenced by the photo above.

The Church can now clearly be viewed on approach and we look forward to further progress in July as a contractor comes onto site to assist in the clearing process. There is still a large area to be cleared as evidenced by the photos below.

The Solid Wall of Bush is Removed from the Perimeter Fencing
Access to the Torrens River Choked by Bush
The Common which is Requiring Clearing
The Access Road To Clumber Church

 A major task is almost complete. The Common and the access to the Torrens River has been cleared of wattle and thorn. The cut trees and bush is spread in clumps across the Common to dry. All the cut stumps have been painted to prevent further germination. The difference in the landscape is quite remarkable with expansive views from the Church. 

Below are two sections of photographs. The top row is "before" and the bottom row is "now"

Fencing Cleared with Common partly Cleared
A Section of the Common to be Cleared
In the Distance is the Torrens River Area which is Choked with Bush
The Common is Cleared
The Common is Cleared
Torrens River Area Cleared

 The Artisans

We pay homage to these gentlemen who have undertaken the repair and restoration tasks with such professionalism and delivered exceptional results. Without their dedication we would not be in the enviable position of being in a state of completion we are in today.

Ian Rudman undertook the disassembling of the steeple and involved so many Port Alfred businesses in the process. Ian also reworked the degraded woodwork in his workshop in Port Alfred and then reassembled and rebuilt the entire structure.

Mark Vogler has undertaken the replacement of the roof. Thereafter he completed the exterior and interior repainting as well as the repair, sanding and resealing of the interior flooring as well as the pews. 

We have been blessed in having the services of such professionals. 

Mark Vogler
Ian Rudman
The Difference in the Church Approach
Created by Courteney George Bradfield