The Police and Fire Services have now ruled out arson as the cause of the fire of 9th December 2018. We may never know the cause. The bells have been inspected, and unfortunately almost all are cracked and will probably need recasting. The memorial book is unscathed and a suitable accessible location has now been found. It can be viewed at the offices of Newlings of Royston in Fish Hill and we are most grateful for their help and support.
Bakers of Danbury have been awarded an “Enabling Works” contract to clear all debris and non-recoverable items and take measures to protect all items of value. They will also erect internal scaffolding to allow inspection of the tower stonework and nave roof timbers, and remove the bells, as well as investigating the areas of subsidence in the floor. These works are expected to occupy most of May and June.
Another important decision that will be required is whether to refurbish our existing organ to a good condition for the next few decades, or whether to replace it either with another pipe organ or a digital organ.
In the meantime the Church Sunday services have continued to take place with great support at Greneway School. This has been augmented with other services being held at both Royston Methodist church and the Town Hall – we are most grateful for their continued support at this difficult time.
People in the community continue to come forward and express their concern and support within the generosity of their donations towards the Refurbishment Fund which now stands at in excess of £27,000.
At the recent May Fayre in Royston great interest was shown at the stand which showed pictures of the inside of the church following the fire. Many questions were raised about the condition of the church.