On site training at St Mungo’s Churchyard

13th May 2022

The next phase of the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project (PHRP) traditional construction skills training plan has started at St Mungo’s churchyard in Penicuik .Six high school students from Beeslack commenced their training on Monday  , to repair and repoint parts of the churchyard stone boundary walls. The Project’s training provider , Craig Frew Conservation Ltd are managing the training  with their experienced stone masons . The day began with the students receiving a health and safety briefing . They then put on their PPE, safety boots, overalls, masks, glasses and gloves  and with their individual bag of tools  walked from St Mungo’s church hall where the welfare facilities are over to the churchyard .

Unfortunately the training provider contracted Covid the following day so we have had to reprogramme the training to start again next week, beginning Monday 16th May  and to extend the programme at the end for a few extra days.

The plan is for the students to rake out defective cement pointing and then to replace with a lime mortar.Some new wall stones will be needed together with some new stone coping , these will be installed with the help of the mason tuitors.

The scheme will last for 3.5 weeks , with a team of 6 students each week from Beeslack and Penicuik High schools.18 students in total will undertake the training . The training not only includes the physical work but also the students  will be included in the planning and financial aspects that have to be considered as part of the scheme . The PHRP would like to thank St Mungo’s church for the use of the church hall .

Beeslack students starting to rake out cement pointing in the churchyard stone boundary walls
Mixing up the new lime mortar

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