This project started in November of 2010 with the assistance of the Campbellford Fire Department bringing their new aerial truck to help with an inspection of the north tower. An interior inspection of the church tower was completed in November as well with Father Pilon, Jim McKay, Ray Sheedy and Tom Plue of Sky-High Restoration. At that time, Peter J. Stokes had also joined forces with Sky-High Restoration to assist Tom with his historical restoration projects.
In 2010, we were aware that the north tower of the church had leaked for 75 years. A dozen contractors later, and no-one had been able to stop the leaking. (Incidentally, the leak dripped directly into the confessional within the church!) Right from this first inspection, Tom identified that it was the STONE that was actually leaking - not the roof or the flashing. This was surprising news to all.
Two years later, when the congregation had set aside enough money, the stone buttress that had been causing the leaking was successfully repaired by Sky-High.
The long-term plan is to replace all of the rotted louvres, replace the floor under the bell, properly cover and ventilate all of the stained glass windows, achieve proper ventilation in to the church attic and both towers and, finally, re-point the entire building and both towers.
Currently, the buttresses on both towers have been supported with fabricated metal brackets and wood as a safety precaution.