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Cupola Scaffolding

PHASE 2 IS COMPLETED!

Blandford's iconic cupola is looking magnificent against the skyline, restored as far as was possible to discern from historic documents and photos. It is no longer in imminent danger of crashing down and falling through the roof of the church nave!

The weathervane - struck by lightning in the 1960s and removed for safety reasons in recent years - is now riding on high again, resplendent with new gold leaf that sparkles when the sun shines.

The Apprentices Bell once more will ring out over Blandford from its rightful position within the cupola.

The clock mechanism has been upgraded so that it will no longer stop whenever there's a power surge or power cut. The clockface has been painted and varnished, the hands and numerals re-gilded.

The higher part of the tower has been repointed where necessary, and new blocks of greensand stone have replaced crumbling stones.

A new mesh floor and safer ladders have been installed above the bell frame to ensure that the upper levels and gutters can be accessed for future maintenence needs.

The list goes on.....

It will be a while longer for some essential repair works to be carried out on the bells that were exposed to the elements from October 2015 onwards, but hopefully very soon their familiar chimes will be heard over Blandford again.

The entire "Delivery Phase" [HLF terminology] has been documented from the moment that contractors Norman & Underwood moved onto the site, and Gary Calder [Site Foreman] took numerous photos over time. These and many more photos that have been submitted by enthusiastic local photographers are being organised and will be uploaded when time permits this year, and as we take stock and move on to the next stage of the Project.

There are also many photos and videos of the Community Fun Day and Charity Abseil held on August 27th to celebrate completion of the "new" cupola. The Cupola Committee [aka Cup Comm - see below] are immensely grateful to all who have supported fund-raising efforts over the last few years, and acknowledgement will be made once Cup Comm have all of the information drawn together. In particular we have to thank the South West HLF for their grant, which would not have made any of this possible.

In the meantime, a number of photos have been shared on our Facebook page, and they continue to be added to as they come in from various sources. If you are a Facebook user, you can click on the link above to see them. PLEASE don't forget to "Like" our Facebook page!


"CUP COMM"

The Cupola Committee meets monthly, with new members always welcome! Fund-raising events are planned, exhibitions and heritage activities organised. Please keep coming back to the website for information, 'CONTACT US' at the top of this page to register your interest, or use our Facebook page link top right.

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