St. Edmund’s looked most unlike itself recently as the interior was covered in plastic sheeting and full of scaffolding. The scheduled wood treatment was delayed from earlier in the year until we could be sure the bats would not be at risk. Timbers must be regularly treated to protect them against nasties such as Death Watch beetle, and woodworm. Death Watch was actually found in the church back in the 1950s. We have seen sgns of woodwrm as well.
On Sunday 14th November, once the 6pm Evensong service was over the congregation set to moving all the furniture out and storing it in the side chapel. The next day workers from Hilbans arrived to swathe the interior in protective sheeting and following that the scaffolding was set up. The roof timbers were sprayed and a few days later, once the fumes had cleared and it was safe to go inside again, the congregation went into reverse, and after a good cleaning session put all the furniture back.