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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Epeigné-les-Bois: a fine restoration and a real embarrassment

 L'eglise @Epeigné-les-Bois 

The magnificent restoration of Epeigné-les-Bois' church is now almost complete. It stands as a testament to the quality of work by the four companies involved: Hory-Chauvelin (masons), Delestre (woodwork), Merlot (roof) and Mamais (clock restoration). All that remains to be done is to put up the lightning rod and the weather vane cock. The total cost of the renovation was 532,079€. 

It is a shame that the church is not used more. Mass is no longer celebrated here and sadly one of the main uses for the church is for burial services.   

An embarrassing addition to the village's Patrimoine 

In stark contrast to the fine work on the church is this horribly botched job of a wall, which Epeigné's Bulletin municipal 2017-2018 shows cost the commune 10,728 €. Money that would have been better spent sending the 'mason' to a school to teach him how to build walls properly. 

The contrasting quality of work is particularly stark as this lamentable excuse of a wall is just across from Epeigné's now wonderful church.  


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