The church in Tocqueville was in poor condition and in need of a major restoration, as Michel Leclerc, mayor of Tocqueville, explained in an interview with the newspaper Ouest-France in July 2010 :
“This is the largest spending budget of the municipality and we were able to start this work because we have saved money for two terms. For the time being, the most important is that our church be put out of water.
In 2009 and 2010, we invested 65,000 euros for the renovation of the roof and 14,000 euros for the restoration of several stained glass windows in the choir and mullions. We also spent 40,000 euros on the cover of the bell tower, the replacement of the lightning rod and the sound blinds.”
Several work phases :
Over the period 2009-2021, four phases of work were carried out, each of which was the subject of an agreement with the “Fondation du patrimoine” to help financing them. The works, totalling 216,000 euros (HT), involved:
- the complete renovation of the roof of the church (2009) and the bell tower (2010)
- the renovation of the 16 stained glass windows and the mullions (between 2010 and 2014)
- replacing the bell tower’s lampshades (2010)
- the safety of the bell tower (2011)
- the restoration of moisture-degraded interior coatings in the choir and chapels (2015-2016).
- painting of the exterior statue of the Sacred Heart (2017)
- the installation of indirect interior lighting with Led, (2018)
- the restoration of the painting The Sacrifice of Abraham, classified as a Historic Monument (2020)
- the renovation of the master altar, with its altarpiece, its statues and its large painting The Resurrection (2021).
Future works :
- to fight against moisture; that will lead to important modifications of the floor and of the foot of the walls
- to repair the 13th century lancet windows, visible in the sacristy.
Work done by volunteers
The Association also has volunteers to carry out various works, especially on furniture.
This was particularly the case for the choir stalls damaged by moisture, the lectern, some pieces of the Station of the Cross, the top of the baptismal font.
In 2015, the Association financed the replacement of the chairs in the nave.