We’ve had some unwelcome visitors of late; an infestation of death watch beetle in the gallery. This insect is notoriously efficient at eating its way through timber and leaving a tail of destruction in its wake. Thankfully, we were able to catch it in reasonably good time and its progress was limited to the gallery area. Paul Juniper once again came to the rescue and offered to ‘project manage’ the remedial work. It took the best part of £1200 to put right. Old buildings eh?
On a positive note, Bill and Penny Evershed recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Drawing on the skills of their hugely talented fine-woodworking son Richard, Penny commissioned a table for Bill which was then given as a gift to the chapel in commemoration of their marriage and association with us. We are hugely indebted by Bill and Penny’s generosity and know that the table will become a lasting feature of our chapel’s heritage.
Our association with Carolyn Gibb’s ‘Forgotten Children of the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes’ charity continued recently when we hosted a great evening including wonderful food and a talk on Costa Rican Wildlife given by Jan and Lyn from ‘Wildlife Camerawork.’ There was a raffle and sale of Christmas cards and other items raising over £600. A total of £3149 has been raised this financial year by Carolyn and her merry band of helpers, of which we are happy to include ourselves.