Thursday, 11 February 2016


The Glebe Surveyor visits


Ovington village hall was formally the village church school serving the local community which eventually closed many years ago. The building with some land was transferred to the village to be run as a free standing village hall community project, and in these preceding years has been a very successful contributor to village life.

Like most things in life over a period of time things like land boundaries can became slightly grey, which was highlighted at the Heritage lottery Fund first public meeting by the chairman of the village hall committee. This had been a recent on going area of concern.

The church Glebe Surveyor was requested to attend along with representatives of the committee to agree these boundaries and restore harmony.

Mr Riley armed with the original deeds of the land transfer along with the Glebe Surveyor were able to agree the definitive boundary lines, and the Glebe Surveyor to implement the changes.

Friday, 29 January 2016


The process begins on the restoration of St John the Evangelist Ovington

Since being granted the offer of funds by the Heritage Lottery the work of evaluating the restoration projects that were in the original submission has to begin in earnest. Having entered what the Heritage Lottery call the development stage of the project the architect Ruth Blackman has to revisit the church, look at the original repairs planned for and to check there has been no further noticeable deterioration in other areas.
After this inspection which she carried out along with church warden Chris Springford she has to prepare a detailed schedule of inspections by several of the qualified trades. This allows them to give firm quotations for specific areas of their expertise to be eventually submitted to the Heritage Lottery.
This can be a very complicated process for Ruth as she is dealing with a very old church that comes under the Church Dioceses and Historic England controls.




Friday, 22 January 2016

An extract from the Press Release:

Plans and progress made with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to repair, restore and reinvigorate St John’s the Evangelist church in Ovington, Norfolk, into a community asset were well received by a large group of local people at recent an Open Meeting. The project has two linked parts to it-
Church Restoration
The architect, Ruth Blackman, presented the repair work that was described and identified by the Quinquennial Inspection report in 2009 and the HLF monies have been allocated as a result.......
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One of the guys from Iceni webdesign with one of his teachers from Iceni Academy.
At are Open public meeting on the 22nd January 2016.