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Monday 25th November 2013
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PCC Minutes of Monday 25th November 2013

The minutes below give a good summary of the process and decisions that the PCC made.

39.                  Chancel Floor Levels

Paul first reminded the PCC about the goals of the project: to provide a warm, welcoming church which was a gift to the community and lived up to our vision.  Its aim was to provide a resource which would be used more; and which allowed us the opportunity to be good stewards of God’s creation.

There were three options for the level of the chancel floor:

  • One step up throughout;
  • No step up throughout; and
  • No step up in the western half, and one step up in the eastern half.

The option of raising the chancel by two steps throughout had been considered but rejected by the PMG for a number of practical reasons.

After much discussion, and with a number of opinions heard, a vote was taken.  This resulted in the unanimous decision that the chancel should be at one level throughout, and that this level should be one step high but about one inch higher than the current level (height to tie in with the bottom step of the lectern).

40 and 41.      Floor materials – nave and chancel

These two agenda items were listed separately, but in the event were discussed as one issue.  A suggestion had been made that the chancel step should be built slightly curved, and the architect had produced drawings to show this option.  Bruce had then suggested a slight amendment which would result in the flooring creating a circle around the chancel area (see attached plan).  This would mean that Communicants would step inside the circle to receive Communion or a blessing.  It was agreed unanimously that this design should be used, but that the chancel step should remain straight in its present position.

(The link below is to a graphic that, although not entirely accurate, may help give a visual impression of the paragraph above.)

Chancel Floor PCC Final 25-11-13

At the presentations to the congregation held prior to this meeting there had been a marked preference shown for the porcelain flooring.  However, Paul, Bruce and John Gardner had met with the architect and representatives from the DAC who had expressed concerns about the use of this material.  The architect, David Spragg said that ‘the use of the porcelain tiles would be a decision against my recommendation.  If you still choose to use porcelain tiles I would strongly advise that you use a product from an established manufacture/supplier that is demonstrably fit for purpose.  Of the samples being considered the only tile I believe meets that criteria would be the Urbatek range by Porcelanosa’.  The DAC representatives, although less forceful, had expressed their doubts that the DAC would give approval to the porcelain tiles.  With this in mind the PCC opted for limestone tiles in three colours, one for the nave and transept areas, one for the chancel, and the third to define the edges of the steps.

All samples were considered and discussed at length, and ultimately a vote was taken on the following options.  12 were in favour, three against and there was one abstention:

  • All limestone from Churchfield Stone;
  • Nave and Transepts to be the blue and grey mix;
  • The step up to the chancel on the west, north and south sides plus the added step up to the high altar to be the uniform grey called ‘Creeton Blue’
  • The chancel stone is to be ‘Creeton Silver Bed’ and is to extend beyond the chancel area down to nave and transept level to the west, north and south sides to create a circle.

42.                  Next steps

Paul said that the decisions taken at the meeting would have to go to the DAC for approval.  The architect would put together the tender package which would go out to contractors after Christmas.  The PCC would meet in late January to choose / approve the contractor with the expectation that work would commence in March.

Paul expressed his enormous thanks to John Gardner for all the work, time and effort he had put into the project to get us to this position.

The meeting closed at 10.15pm with the Grace.


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