Both 22 and 23 September dates for this event are now fully booked, there are no spaces left. If you would like to go on the waiting list if someone drops out, please email Andrew Mottram on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a practical one-day workshop to provide participants with both the theory and practice of working with lime-based mortars on the church at Grafton Flyford. The course is run by Worcester Diocese who have offered 5 places on each of the two dates to active Co-op members in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire areas, which we are making available free of charge through the Maintenance Co-ops project.
If you are not an active member of a Maintenance Co-op, you can also reserve a place here at the normal rate of £65 (including VAT) but you must pay separately for these - make your reservation via this site, but send a cheque payable to WDBF to Andrew Mottram, The Old Palace, Deansway, Worcester WR1 2JE, with your day of attendance, name, church, email address and contact details.
You can attend either:
Thursday 22 September (all day, 9.30 am to 5 pm)
Friday 23 September (all day, 9.30 am to 5pm)
Lime mortars and plasters are characteristic of all buildings constructed before 1920. You will find lime based materials in your church building. The workshop will provide you with an understanding of how traditional (solid walled) buildings work together with the theory and practical experience of re-pointing a wall with lime mortar. This workshop is for volunteers who look after church buildings providing a mix of theory and practical sessions so they can undertake minor repairs to church buildings without putting them at risk by the use of inappropriate materials – e.g. Portland cement, non-breathable paints and waterproofing sealants.
In each case the morning of the full day will be factual teaching, and the afternoon will involve practical work. During the practical sessions, you will be standing on uneven ground, mixing lime pointing mix (no more than a gallon of aggregate and lime), and you will be working even if it's cold, raining, windy or very sunny. You will be supplied with eye protection, gloves and a pointing trowel to keep. You will also get briefing notes on the use of lime and safety equipment to take away. You will need to wear overalls or old clothes and closed shoes/work boots.
Toilets, tea and coffee and a place to eat lunch will be available at the Grafton Flyford Village Hall (next to the church), and this will also be the venue for the morning lecture. There is a car park at the Village Hall. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits will be provided, but please bring your own packed lunch for the day. The arrival time is 9.30 am for 10am start, with a 4.30 finish and departure by 5pm.
To take advantage of these free places, you must be an active member of a Maintenance Co-op in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire area.
Please contact Kate Andrew, our Regional Project Officer for Herefordshire & Worcestershire, if you have any questions, or would like to attend but are unsure about what is involved. Her contact details are email@example.com or 07776 188482.