Workshops – Save the Date – Wednesday 12th March


I hope this blog post finds you well.

Would you be interested in finding out about the techniques being used in the redevelopment of the building? If so, would you like to see some of our heritage experts at work?

Halton & St Helens VCA are planning a workshop event on Wednesday 12th March (start times to be confirmed) and we’d be thrilled if you wanted to join us on site.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be delighted at the chance to simply have a look inside the church and see what’s going on and how the redevelopment is progressing, but you’ll also have the chance to learn about the following:

Lime Mortar: Enjoy a small demonstration into the selection process we use for trying to find a suitable colour and texture matched mortar for all repointing and repair works. We can then provide small demonstrations in carrying out re-pointing work and lime mortar repairs.

Stone Replacement: You’ll be able to witness a small demonstration into existing defective stonework, survey & production drawings, careful removal and fixing of new stonework.

Cleaning of Marble Altar: A demonstration of this sympathetic clean will be given.

Window Repairs: We will have our experts on site to discuss all the works that they have carried out on this project.

I appreciate that you probably won’t be able to confirm to attending the workshop until you know what time it’s due to start, but if you like the idea and are interested in attending, please reply to this e-mail and let me know. Places are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

We are hoping to have other workshop events and I will of course e-mail you about these as soon as I have more details.

The workshops will be jointly hosted by Halton & St Helens VCA, Aura Conservation Limited and John Turner Construction Group and are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To book your place, e-mail

I hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,

Matthew Roberts

Pics of the Week – Week 15

Here we are again with a few more of Dave Clark’s superb photographs as we chart the progress of our St Marie’s Church Redevelopment Project.

Dave is the Project Manager for this work and is employed by John Turner Construction Ltd. We (Halton & St Helens VCA) are very grateful to Dave for his continued support.

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This is one of the windows which is still in it’s original condition. From inside it looks like new, from outside, not so good.

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The top floor of the scaffolding. You can see the underside of the lower level church roof.


Pics of the Week – Week 14

Here are some photographs (taken this week) to show the ongoing redevelopment of St Marie’s Church. Thanks to Dave Clark (from John Turner Construction Ltd) for sharing the photos with us.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Matthew Roberts via or (01928) 593 118.

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Stone repair work to the horizontal sailing course.

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The paintings have been removed from the altar and are now in Silvano’s restoration workshop.