A report by Clive Lucas Pty. Ltd. Architects of Sydney titled "Restoration of St James' Church Menangle, January 1983" formed the basis of work carried out to repair deterioration in the external structure and finish of the roof and walls.
The following items were dealt with (funded by the congregation with limited grants from the diocese):
In addition to the above recommendations the driveway was graded and bitumen-sealed.
In 1997 it was decided by the Parish Council and wardens of St James in collaboration with St Johns Camden to replace the entire roof and belltower shingles of St James. The existing roof was asbestos shingles that had deteriorated allowing leaks into the nave that were causing damage. To re-cover in slate either Welsh or Spanish was beyond the means of the parish even with a grant of $25,000 from the Heritage Assistance Program. Subsequently a composite shingle was selected and work commenced in March 1998 and completed in May of the same year.
Other works were carried out during this time to take advantage of the presence of the scaffolding, namely, re-grouting of the south facing dorm apron of the belltower, replacement of glasswork in the dorm windows and treatment of the steelwork with rust prevention.
Ernest Siddall - Project Director
Trevor Eirth - Project Supervisor
Anthony Pollard - Architectural and Civil Engineering Advisor
Christopher Betteridge - Heritage Advisor
St James' congregation - $35,000
Grant - $25,000
Loan - $10,000
Additional work was carried out at the cost of $16,066.
Examples of the original workmanship have been mounted on a display board currently stored in the belltower.
Roof Re-dedication Service
On St James Day 25th July 1999 Bishop Kenneth Short presided at a service re-dedicating the roof to the work of the Lord. A parchment recording all those who attended is currently stored in St James Church.