dès 2007, un nouveau style de « culture » pour Charolles, avant la réfection du toit de l’église!
Un très important chantier permit tout d’abord de nettoyer l’extérieur et surtout de rénover complètement le toit (2009 et 2010). La satisfaction de l’ensemble de la population (toutes convictions religieuses confondues) fut grande. L’attente recommençait …
Et voilà que – alors que des nuages de plus en plus menaçants s’amoncelaient à l’horizon – la réhabilitation de l’église a pu démarrer fin 2012. Elle a entraîné ne fermeture donc de plus de douze mois – mais qui valait la peine ! Pour permettre d’apprécier pleinement son « relooking », voici comme il se doit quelques clichés « avant et après ». Comment la trouvez-vous ?
If you have consulted the posts concerning the splendid concert which took place on 13th December, you will have noticed how elegant our church is … But you simply can’t imagine what it was like before. Back in early 2003, when the idea of an organ scheme was launched, a unanimous cry went up : « not before the church has been renovated ! » This was absolutely right – our church was built in 1868 with the very best materials available and has had current maintenance ever since : but it was definitely high time for extensive repairs.
The enormous budget involved quite dwarfed the cost of the organ (which some had been quick to label « pharaonic ») : in fact, it was a crushing burden for the town. Obtaining the necessary subsidies was a very long process, especially with money getting ever scarcer, and during this time, the state of the church was getting worse and worse. The roof leaked … and mushrooms started growing in the stone walls. This was definitely no place for an organ !
The first step was cleaning the outside and most importantly overhauling the entire roof (2008-2008). The people of Charolles (whether church-goers or not) were delighted.
While the financial stormclouds were getting blacker and blacker … the interior renovation began in late 2012. The church was closed for over 12 months, but it was worth the trouble !
You’ll be interested – as in every case of « relooking » – to see some « before and after » photos. What do you think of it?