Work has started!

The refurbishment project is designed to make the church building more welcoming, to improve and update heating, lighting and accessibility; to bring light and space to the chancel.
Lighting The electrical system will be completely renewed, to be more energy efficient, improving our light for reading, and also enhance the beauty of the building.
Heating System to be improved and upgraded, fittings unobtrusive and compatible with our historic building. Also to be compatible with future heat pump technology.
Walls to be repainted with limewash, historically correct for the building.
Chancel Improvements To bring light to area, new flooring and an accessibility ramp.

Church Refurbishment Project Update December 2021

Mystery find in Chancel
Working to remove old floor tiles in the chancel, the builders were surprised to find two ledger stones (memorial slabs). It is just possible to make out some of the inscription, the name of a clergyman and the date 1725.

Why was his name not listed on our Rayleigh Rectors board? The answer was to be found in an old Rayleigh History book (Benton’s History of Rochford Hundred).

The stones will be carefully covered over again.
But questions remain unanswered. Burial in the chancel is traditionally reserved for important local gentry and senior clergy.
So why is the Rev. Shore, who it would seem was only passing through, and his wife, resting here?

Church Refurbishment Project Update November 2021

In the east end of the church, the clergy vestry partition has been removed and existing floor tiles taken up. The photo shows how spacious and light this area will be.

Scaffolding in the nave is in place and cleaning of the walls ready for redecoration is in progress.