September 2012

The new Church building has now been officially handed over and the first celebration service was held on Saturday 1st September when the new church sanctuary was filled with friends old and new joining together in worship and praise to mark this milestone.

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August 2012 - build progress

We are now in the final days of work on the new St. Andrew's Church and as shown in the pictures below, you can now see the completed building with the hoardings removed.  Work continues to complete the inside of the new building and also the external pathways and landscaping.

The next significant date is now Tuesday 28th August when the Church officials will sign for the new building after which the Church equipment (audio, organ etc) will be installed.


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July 2012 - build progress #2

Progress on the new Church continues to make rapid progress with the completion date just 2 weeks away.

Work continues on the interior of the new building with the main Church hall, Coffee Bar, kitchen being focussed on as well as work on the exterior paths.

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July 2012 - build progress

Progress on the new Church is rapidly approaching completion with the windows in place with the exception of the large round one which is due soon.

Work continues on the interior of the new building.

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June 2012 - build progress #2

Progress on completing the new Church continues to be made, the scaffolding is now being taken down and work continues to be focussed on the interior of the building now that many of the windows are installed.

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June 2012 - build progress

Progress on completing the new Church has been able to continue now that the roof tiling is complete.

Work is now focussed on the interior of the new building with the electrics and plumbing aspects being undertaken.

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May 2012 - build progress #3

The work on tiling the roof has continued to make very good progress with many sections now complete including the installation of the roof lights.  On the inside, work continues on plastering the walls and installation of the electrics.

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May 2012 - build progress #2

Further good progress made with getting the roof ready for receiving the roof tiles.  All the old and new foundation stones are now in place and work on interior floors and ceiling is being done.

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May 2012 - build progress

Progress on completing the new Church continues despite the return of winter like weather! 

The dormer windows are taking shape for the three large windows in Western Way, the end wall has been completed and work inside the Church building has started with built-in cupboards and places ready to receive the hot air heater outlets, plus the roofing work is making good progress.

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April 2012 - build progress 2

Progress on the new Church continues, the new large round window frame has been put in place and work on the roof is ongoing with felt and battons being placed ready to hold the roof tiles.

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April 2012 - build progress

The Church is coming on well with both end walls nearly finished and the round window being prepared to be installed very soon plus good progress being made with the roofing.

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April 2012 - Progress document 

A further progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

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March 2012 - build progress #3

Progress on the new Church continues with the end walls taking shape showing the large vestibule windows and the Cross on the chancel end wall.

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March 2012 - build progress #2

The new Church continues to take shape as the roof timbers are errected.

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March 2012 - build progress

The new Church continues to take shape as the walls reach higher and the roof timbers and framework are on site and starting to be errected.

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February 2012 - build progress 2

Progress with the building work has continued and the roof framework and timbers have now arrived and will be going on soon. The lower pictures show the Cross which will be a feature of the end wall of the Church at the Pinkerton Road side.

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February 2012 - Progress document 

A further progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

View the document in Acrobat PDF format


February 2012 - build progress

Following the foundation stone laying ceremony, further progress with the building work has continued and we are nearing the time when the roof will be going on.

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February 2012 - foundation stone laying

It was very cold last week, so the brick layers could not work. If the temperature is under 3 degrees, they must not lay bricks. Still other trades were on site, so time was not wasted.

Thursday was the ‘red letter’ day, with the official new Foundation Stone laying. The two old Church Hall stones have been set in, and the one from the old Church plus the new one, go on top side by side. These are on the lobby wall, right in front as you enter via the Glass porch. Very nice.

The Stone Laying Order of Service, with three sheets which were folded to make an A5 hand out, has the names of those present, including Revd. Dr. Andrew Wood, the Southampton Methodist Chairman, our Circuit minister Revd. Margaret Locke-Wheaton and the Contractors Southern Region Director Davis Cook, who lives in the area and played football on the field behind in his youth, plus many other names. Hope you find it interesting. The prayer is lovely :-

Almighty God,
ruler of all things in heaven and on earth,
giver of every good gift,
inspire the building of this church
and give us the wisdom and courage to complete it.
Guide and protect all who will labour to construct this church,
and grant that they may honour you in their work.
May we be faithful stewards of everything you have entrusted to us,
that this church may be a sign of your love to all the world,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
the chief corner stone of all things in heaven and on earth.
Amen.

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January 2012 - build progress #2

The new buildings continue to take shape as work has progressed during January as shown in the pictures below:

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January 2012 - build progress

Heavy rain and strong winds did not help the first few days of 2012 to make a big mark, but progress was made and on Friday the Main Frame team were back to finish the last beam errections, which had to wait till after the Crane had finished.

A small team of brickies have built the inner wall to waist height around two sides, and bricks, blocks and insulation in in place for a ‘next Monday’ purge, during which time the Crane will return to lift the Doc’s concrete beams up, for the ceiling, the Dentists first floor.

The Project Manager, John, has now got an aditional team member, Mark is the Site Manager, so 2012 will progress well.

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December 2011 - New build last update of year

Work on the new building continued up to the Christmas holiday and will resume on January 3rd 2012.

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December 2011 - New build update

The floor of the new building is now finished and the walls are going up and beginning to take shape.

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December 2011 - Progress document 1

A further progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

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November 2011 - Progress document 1

A further progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

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Leadbitter News Sheet October 2011

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Leadbitter News Sheet

October 2011 - New build

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October 2011 - Progress document 2

A second progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

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October 2011 - The new Church foundations are laid.

The pictures below show the work being performed to dig and fill the foundations for the new St. Andrew's Methodist Church which is being built alongside the new St. Andrew's Medical Centre.
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October 2011 - Progress document 1

An initial progress document was issued to keep the congregations of the local St. Joseph's and St. Peter's churches informed on the progress of the build activities for the new St. Andrew's Church and Medical Centre in South Ham.

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October 2011 - The demolition is completed

As some will have seen the St. Andrew’s church and hall have been demolished. The enlargement of the public car park at the rear of the site between St Andrew's Road and the playing field open space which forms part of the overall scheme is virtually complete. An initial project programme has been prepared by the contractor which indicates a completion date in June 2012. Some pictures taken during the demolition work, plus one of the enlarged car park, are included below.
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September 2011

An update from the St. Andrew’s Co-Ordination Group. 

Leadbitter, the contractor for the redevelopment of the St. Andrew’s site, returned to the site on 2nd. August and preparatory work prior to the actual demolition was expected to be completed by the end of that week. Demolition should then commence, but only be completed when the remaining nesting birds have flown. We hope that there will be no more delays outside the contractor or design teams control. The intention is that by the end of August a revised overall programme including completion will be in place.
A key task at present is applying for grants from organisations outside the church. There is a small team in place who are spending a considerable amount of time and effort in pulling together all the detailed information required with such an exercise. This is a vital element within the overall funding required for the project and the next few months will be a crucial period.
We continue to meet regularly and with the work on site underway the many facets of the planning involved can be expected to pick up quickly from now on.
Progress reports will be given in the circuit newsletter.

July 2011

Progress report on the redevelopment.

The removal of all the asbestos from the old St. Andrew’s site has been completed. Work on the ’clean up’ of the dust that came when the asbestos fell is taking place as I prepare this sheet. This should be completed shortly. Then an Independent firm will come and a take air samples etc, so they can certify that all asbestos, and dust etc, has been removed from the buildings. The ‘Bat lady’ has been booked to come in the last week of June and oversee the removal of the Hall Ridge Tiles, and then all the other roof tiles, by hand. If she finds a bat, it has to be removed by her, and put in one of the Bat boxes she has already erected. After this, the Asbestos suffixes can be removed from under the guttering, and demolition can start!

June 2011

St Andrew's Project Update 

Having exchanged final contracts and keys, we are delighted to let you know that demolition of the current St Andrew's building commenced in the week of May 10th. It is intended that the new building will be completed in Spring 2012. We praise God for bringing us to this significant moment.
You may not see much happening outwardly for a time partly because the contractor has to remove asbestos first from the inside.
We are very aware of how many people have been part of this process from its inception many years ago, to those involved in more recent times, and are thankful for you all. We are excited about being part of this new development for the wider community and working alongside people at the doctors and dentists

Proposed new church architect drawings

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New St. Andrews church drawing