After the excitement of receiving news about our grants success, we have been brought sown to earth by of all things, bats.
Part of the conditions for the main grant is that we carry out a survey of the Church to find out where bats come in and out of the Church so that we can ensure that the work does not adversely affect them.
The Church is a known bat roost from the past and only last year we had a real problem with bat droppings throughout the Church. This Summer however there has hardly been any sign of bats and when the ecologist carried out his surveys recently only one dropping could be found. You would think that this is a good thing but Natural England, who police these things say that we need evidence of where access is gained before they will allow us to proceed with the works.
The upshot of this is that we won't be able to carry out the work in early Spring next year as planned but will have to wait for May to carry out further surveys when hopefully the bats will be around.
In the meantime we will be liaising with the funding body to ensure that we carry over the grant and keep on praying that the tarpaulin on the roof will last another Winter.