Yealm and Erme Mission Community
The Parishes of St Mary, Brixton; All Saints, Holbeton; Holy Cross, Newton Ferrers; St Peter, Revelstoke; St Werburgh, Wembury; St Bartholomew, Yealmpton.
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Holy Cross Reordering Update - 16th March

We have divided the project into two phases. Phase 1 comprising all works in the main body of the church is due for completion by Easter. Phase 2 comprising everything behind the Victorian screen will commence after Easter, conditional on funding availability.


  • Two vestries completely renovated and fully equipped
  • The new A/V system installed offering excellent flexibility together with discretion when not in use
  • Beautifully restored parquet flooring throughout the church
  • The identification and rectification of both wet rot in the wood floor and woodworm throughout the church. 
  • Renewal of all tiled flooring (almost compete by Easter)
  • The organ fully renovated and re-installed
  • Storage cupboards and flower arranging bench installed (planned before Easter)
  • Sink proposal deleted from flower arranging bench, with access now to the vestry sink
  • Improved electrical installations throughout the church
  • Overflow chairs (stacking) purchased
  • Church roof deterioration identified and rectification planned

As above when we re-enter at Easter we will note that not quite all the tiling is complete. 

We had also planned to completely re-decorate the church. However, the paintwork has been professionally evaluated including the many areas of deteriorating plasterwork. This is apparently due to trapped moisture in the walls and the advice is to await warmer, drier weather before re-decorating.

When a project starts in an ancient building there is an advantageous revelation of underlying problems. We have discovered and rectified serious wet rot in the parquet floor, woodworm extensively throughout the church and roof leaks due to deteriorating lead which will be reinforced with fibreglass.


This comprises re-working the Victorian screen both to improve space and to provide a serving hatch; the creation of a larger well-equipped and hygienic kitchen; the creation of acceptable disabled access; the creation of disabled toilet facilities. The finalisation of the design details is currently underway, and the use of intelligent and cost-effective design is intended to reduce the current funding gap for Phase 2. We are also actively seeking DAC approval for any modifications.

Disabled access is defined as wheelchair access into the church without assistance. We are currently nowhere near this standard and it remains our goal to achieve this.


Richard Morgan & Judith Drewer

Holy Cross Wardens