[Update July 2015: 2 pairs occupied the new boxes on both the east and west sides and the occupied boxes in the north increased from 9 to 10 pairs]
|West side of belfry, the boxes are just|
visible half way up the louvres
We had 2 choices for the colour of the boxes, black or stone. We chose stone (Sandtex 'Mid Stone') to provide a better contrast for the entrances. Whether this contributed to the success of the first 12 boxes we cannot say, but it worked.
Battens were affixed to the stonework each side of the louvres, by screwing into the soft mortar. No holes were drilled in the stonework. The boxes are secured to these battens.
|8 of the 16 entrances on the west side.|
|4 completed cabinets, ready for installation|
Many people contributed to this phase of the project, not least, Alison Pearson of St Neots in Bloom with their generous funding and encouragement, but also Jake Allsop, Bill Murrells, Bruce Martin, Bob Tonks, Judith Wakelam, Alan Clarke, grandchildren Katie, Lucy and Benjamin Thompson (who got paint all over his shirt). Lastly, we would like to thank the Vicar, the Reverand Dr Paul Andrews, and PCC for their permission to do this project as well as Catherina Griffiths, David Griffiths and George Bonham for their help with access to the church.
We hope that residents and visitors to St Neots will enjoy a magnificent Swift spectacle for years to come.
|The original cabinets on the north side installed in 2007|
|New cabinets on the west side installed in 2015.|
The cabinets on the east side are similar