Sextons Hut works
Written by: Monica Hall
The total renovation of the dilapidated sandstone building, known as the Sexton’s Hut, situated in the corner of the church of St Mary the Virgin church, Maulden, approximately midway along the Greensand Ridge Walk.
The building has been restored with the help of many local volunteers and donors who have demonstrated their commitment to passing on to future generations knowledge of their heritage. The building is now “beautiful” and villagers are proud of combining their efforts to achieve this result.
Benefits to people
All villagers, visitors to the church or churchyard, families parking nearby to enjoy some country air and users of the GRW will all be able to appreciate the rebuild.
The volunteers were varied, showing community spirit but also enabling the project to proceed.
I am proud of achieving completion, which was doubtful at times, and I am encouraged by the participation of various volunteers and donors (who are not necessarily church goers).
Benefits to heritage & landscape
We now have an historic sandstone building in good condition for future generations to see and think about their own history.
The overgrown and self-set shrubbery and ivy etc have been removed from the hut vicinity so the building is now safely approachable and more visible for appreciation.
Challenges & Lessons Learnt
1, Although the GCLP grant was agreed, it was difficult to obtain the remaining funding needed to complete the project. We approached several other grant bodies and local people for their help, with success I am pleased to say.
2. The timescale for completion of the building work was very tight so we had to obtain “guarantees” from the various contractors that they would be available when needed. Liaison between the trades was imperative.
Given more time it would have been good to see the actual cost of each stage before proceeding, thus possibly enabling one contractor to do more of the work and hence reducing the stress of trying to link timings of the different tradesmen.
“I am very proud of the renovated Sexton’s Hut. It is a small piece of living local history.”