Classic retractable awnings are often installed in multiple units and this installation at St Margaret’s in Chipstead, Surrey are fairly typical. The awnings are installed on separate windows of the community hall but the overall impression is to create a constant means of solar control to reduce heat gain into the hall without the need for expensive air conditioning to be installed. The Classic retractable awning is a robust, heavy-duty, system that has an integral protective cover board which sits above the awning and protects the awning fabric from the elements when retracted. The result of this is that that all the mechanical parts of Classic retractable awnings are safely concealed out of the elements. Classic retractable awnings are available with an arm extension up to 4 meters and a single unit width of 7.0 meters though it is equally suitable for smaller units such as this Classic awning installation on the at St Margaret’s in Chipstead. Multiple units of the Classic retractable awning can be linked together to make an overall width of up to 13.0 meters, but it is necessary, at these sizes, that the remotely controlled motorised option is specified, together with a protective wind sensor to provide automatic closure during inclement weather.
St Margaret’s Church in Chipstead dates back to the 12th century, but is substantially of the 13th century. The tower was added, or perhaps modified, in the 17th century, and the south transept, porch and north aisle are 19th century. The external walls are of flint work with stone trimmings, in the form of quoins, window mullions, tracery, window surrounds, plinths, and parapets. St. Margaret’s is a growing, popular church made up of people from all walks of life and from different backgrounds and cultures.
The residents of Chipstead are particularly keen on keeping the traditional look of their village intact. They have prevented installation of street lighting, particularly in the southern parts of the village. Two residents associations exist, both founded in the 20th century. One caters broadly for all parts from Chipstead Valley to Hooley, while the second concentrates on architectural beauty and views from public places in areas where these may be at risk.