The focus has been on the Hall this week.
It has looked a bit space agey with the suited asbestos removers in and out of the wine cellar (see photos below) but they are safely getting rid of all offending materials. It is all very technical with areas sealed to create a chamber between rooms where it is being removed from and those that are asbestos free to avoid any contamination. Marmite and Honey (our cats) are a little bit unsure of what is happening and Honey came and hid in the office for a while!
When finished it will mean we have de-asbestosed both the Hall and the Rectory. Talking about the Rectory – we had two very interesting visitors this week – The wife and daughter of Right Reverend Goodrich. The Right Reverend Philip Goodrich, was Bishop of Worcester from 1982 to 1996 and before that spent eight years as suffragan Bishop of Tonbridge in the diocese of Rochester. He enjoyed eight happy years as Rector of our church, St Leonard’s, from 1961 to 1969. His daughter had fond memories of being at school at South Ormsby and Mrs Goodrich filled us in on the families that lived around the village. We are hoping they have gone away to find some photos of their time here and will send them on to us.
We, in turn, have been going round the Hall taking photographs of the fire places. We were approached by someone who was researching old Tobin fireplaces and apparently records show we had such a fireplace installed – we haven’t found it yet but still have a few more to check out. Actually it has been an interesting exploration and has helped us examine our fireplaces more closely and begin a fireplace inventory. It really is important that we catalogue our historical items carefully and we are grateful to Richard Walter who has started to record our library books in more detail…. It’s quite a task!