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Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.

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Church Loop Systems

Audio Frequency Induction Loops - The Law has changed

In the UK public venues such as churches MUST have a standards compliant Audio Frequency Induction Loop fitted - by law.

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CRE Events

‘Emotional homecoming’ for Christian Resources Exhibition

From a lively opening featuring Eurovision winner Dana, to a solemn ending – when former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite, spoke of his five years’ imprisonment – the Christian Resources Exhibition’s return to (CRE) Sandown Park, Surrey, ‘touched all the emotions.’

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Traditional Windows

Why is repair better than replacement?

Traditional windows can often be simply and economically repaired, usually at a cost significantly less than replacement. For timber windows this is largely due to the high quality and durability of the timber that was used in the past (generally pre-1919) to make windows. Properly maintained, old timber windows can enjoy extremely long lives.

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Architectural Ironmongery

Advancing architectural ironmongery

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is the only trade body in the UK that represents the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry - architectural ironmongers, wholesalers and manufacturers.

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Church Grants

Over £50m available for church repair and restoration

Every year and sometimes bi-annually, grants are made available for churches and listed buildings. The funding is available for restoration and repair.

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Heritage Training

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Skills for the future to safeguard the past

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World have a selection of heritage training providers listed within our online directory offering a wide range of courses.

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Antique Restoration

Nearly four decades of maintaining standards

For nearly four decades BAFRA has been ensuring that the heritage of antique furniture can be dealt with by the qualified, experienced and skilled craftsmen who have achieved accredited status within the organisation.

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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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Pest Bird Control

Bird damage to church and heritage buildings

Church and listed building owners - and managers for large property owners in the sector such as Historic England, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and the National Trust - understand property wear-and-tear very well. In fact, those who manage such facilities must budget for repairs and maintenance of their grounds and buildings each year.

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Lead Contractors

Members offer 25 years peace of mind

The trade body that represents the leadworking industry – and guarantees quality in that industry – is the Lead Contractors’ Association (LCA). The LCA was formed in 1984 to promote quality standards in leadwork and now comprises over 70 specialist contractors committed, supported by 15 associate members who supply materials and ancillary services.

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National Trust

National Trust building conservation programme

The National Trust protects historic buildings and buildings in the wider landscape. Their team works hard to ensure they are preserved for ever and for everyone, using traditional conservation techniques.

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Fire Guidance


Fire guidance for churches and heritage buildings

Fires in churches and heritage buildings have a number of causes and can have devastating consequences – not only in terms of damage to property, but also as the cause of serious injury and even loss of life.

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Leadworker Register

The Leadworker Register - putting skills at the heart of the industry

The Lead Sheet Association has been developing and running successful training and qualification initiatives for many years to help ensure that standards of leadwork are high across the construction industry.

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Church Seating

Seating guidance from ChurchCare

One of the most frequent changes made to churches today will involve seating in some way. Changing seating inside a church can have a significant impact upon the interior. The process of changing furniture, as well as choosing a suitable alternative, requires careful consideration. ChurchCare publish a document intended to guide parishes through the planning stages and the decisions involved.

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ISCE

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Promoting technical excellence

ISCE is a specialist Learned Society and professional body for sound and communications engineers. Founded in 1948, it is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members. Members maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.

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Heritage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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Architectural Metalwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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New Products Showcase

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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Historic metalwork specialists repair the Maclagan Crozier

When the Crozier head on Lichfield Cathedral's Maclagan Crozier had broken away from the central stem, as a result of the screw thread being overtightened, the cathedral's treasurer appointed Shropshire-based Historic Metalwork Conservation Company (HMCC Ltd) to carry out the repair.

The company provide conservation advice to all those charged with the care, management and preservation of historic metalwork in all its various forms, but with a particular emphasis on historic ironwork.

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Natural History Museum protected by Advanced Systems

The world-famous Natural History Museum in London,and its more than five million annual visitorsare being protected by intelligent fire panels from Advanced.

Often called the ‘Cathedral of Nature’ the Natural History Museum is renowned for its collections of dinosaurs and ornate architecture, andis widely recognised as the pre-eminent centre for natural history and related research. The Museum is the third most popular in the United Kingdom and its irreplaceable 80 million strong collection is of global importance and includes many collected by Charles Darwin.

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Missing waterwheel replaced at Dunster Watermill

Situated on the River Avill the present Dunster Watermill was built around 1780. Milling however has taken place on this site for over 900 years and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The mill is powered by two overshot wheels and is still producing organic flour today. It is currently owned by the National Trust.

Dorothea Restorations started the replacement of the missing waterwheel at Dunster during the winter of 2014/2015. The English Oak staff was selected by hand and machined down to replicate the faceted profile allowing the wedging of the nave at either end.

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Historic England helps Boston build on its past

By raising awareness of Boston's historic significance and encouraging investment in a series of conservation projects, Historic England has helped this Lincolnshire town to capitalise on its past.

Boston reached its zenith in the medieval period when it was the second busiest port in Britain, but decreasing wool exports led to its decline. Although enjoying a revival in the 18th and 19th centuries, by the 20th century the silting of the Haven and a shift in trade routes transformed Boston from international trading hub to remote coastal town.

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Norfolk Conservation aims to turn the tide at seaside town

Popular perceptions of Great Yarmouth are that of a one dimensional, kitsch and deprived seaside holiday resort. Images of low-value amusement parks, gaudy slot arcades, and penurious society are likely to surface. True, Great Yarmouth suffers from economic deprivation and hardship. One can see it in the buildings, street and faces. However, it is also fair to presume that this perception too is deprived and one-dimensional.

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North Cornwall chapel gets 55" Smart Screen and new sound system

South-West based Kernow Installations Limited have just completed an audio-visual installation in a renovated chapel in Wadebridge which has now become the new home for R.J. Bray Funeral Directors.

The installation required a stylish architecturally sensitive audio visual system for both the chapel used for services and the overflow room on the first floor. A 55″ Smart screen shows an HD quality image of service proceedings downstairs via a Dahua eyeball camera.

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Electronic gates give extra security for church and heritage properties

Lancashire based TSB Ironcraft, who have been making quality wrought iron gates since 1990, can also install electronic systems for both swing gates and sliding gates to give extra security to church and heritage properties. All the systems they install come with a full two year warranty, subject to service.

The kits for swing gates come in two types. With the underground kit, the motor is fitted in a galvanized box and then concreted in and then the gate is welded to a shoe and hung from the top hinge. With the 'ARM' kit, you can have a normal pair of gates that have been hung in the usual way, then the arms are fixed behind the pillars and a bracket welded to the gate.

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Victorian orangery at Holywell Park restored by Dorothea Restorations

Holywell Park dates back to medieval times and in 2013 Ipswich Council received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Park. Some of this was used to restore the Grade II listed Victorian orangery which had been boarded up for many years.

Dorothea Restorations undertook the restoration of all timberwork, wrought iron and the reinstatement of historic crown glass within the structure.

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Cornish talent shines through as Tim Fuge scoops Young Leadworker of the Year at the UK Roofing Awards 2016
 Tim Fuge, a self-employed leadworker from Liskeard, Cornwall was crowned Young Leadworker of the Year 2016 at a prestigious ceremony in Central London on 13th May. The competition, now in it fifth year and run by the Lead Sheet Association, is open to leadworkers around the UK under 30 years of age.
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In the midst of things – that’s the legacy of the East Midlands

It is perhaps a little-known fact that the region in England we think of the as the loose conglomeration of the East Midlands actually has an official identity: it is one of the regions of the UK recognised by the EU as one of Europe’s Level One “nomenclatures d'unités territoriales statistiques”, or NUTS. Officially, the East Midlands comprises Derbyshire, Leicestershire, most of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

Historically, of course, the East Midlands region is much more than a device of the EU to find convenient parcels to divide Europe into. Many of England’s strategic decisions have been taken there – often on the battlefield, but also diplomatically. Richard III fell there – the last English king to lead his troops into battle.

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Church furnishing specialist Rosehill aim to raise £3,000 to support fight against cancer

This June a team of 9 adventurous, courageous and tenacious individuals from Rosehill Furniture Group shall attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for two very special charity causes that are close to our hearts.

Help them in their quest to complete the challenge and raise an amazing £3000 in aid of The Christie and Action on Womb Cancer. The funds raised will be split equally between the two charities so please support the challenge and give generously.

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SnapIT Aluminium Rainwater Range with NEW stylish ‘Swept’ offsets and bends

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s largest stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, is pleased to introduce an innovative improvement to its already popular, contemporary, SnapIT extruded aluminium rainwater system.

All those who have seen and used SnapIT before have found its contemporary styling, simple ‘bolt-less’ joining guttering and swaged downpipe system an impressive finishing touch to their project. Now the system has been engineered to incorporate an even more stylish finish.

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Ancient Order uses latest solution against rising damp

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, commonly known as Inner Temple, is one of the four professional associations (Inns of Court) for barristers and judges in London. The Temple takes its name from the Military Order of the Knights Templar.

The old Buttery and Crypt date from the 14th century and are the oldest rooms still in use in the Temple. The Buttery, a Grade II* listed building, is also one of the very few 14th century secular stone buildings in Greater London. With an average wall thickness of 2400 mm, the dehydration of these walls was not possible with traditional methods.

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Rosehill Furniture Group complete Three Peaks Challenge for charity

On June 10th, Cheshire based contract furniture specialists, Rosehill Furniture Group, set off to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. Eight courageous Rosehill team members took park in the challenge in aid of The Christie, and Action on Womb Cancer. The ultimate goal was to raise £3,000.

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New company that saved Architectural Ceramics Skills scoops Business Award

Architectural terracotta and faience specialist, Darwen Terracotta has triumphed at the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards, winning the Newcomer Award. Finalists were joined by dignitaries, sponsors, judges and supporters at an exclusive black-tie event held at Blackburn Cathedral where the winners were announced and celebrated on stage.

Steve Allan, operations director at Darwen Terracotta, said, “This win is for the whole team and everyone who helped set up the business. It is a massive thank you to all 25 of our staff and their hard work over the last six months so we are really proud.”

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Traditional ironworker boosts sales through launch of online store

A traditional craft business which uses artisan tools and techniques dating back thousands of years has launched its own online shop.

Nigel Tyas Ironworks, which still fires and works metal following the same principles developed in the Iron Age, has embraced e-commerce and digital marketing to reach more customers and boost trade.

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How to repair Cast Iron Guttering

Rainclear Systems has been in the business of providing customers with high quality Cast Iron Rainwater products and a high quality of advice and service for over 10 years and are often asked how to cut or drill Cast Iron Guttering.

Traditional Cast Iron Guttering was chosen for its durability as well as beauty. But this toughness, that makes it last 100+ years, does not make it hard to work with. The system is made of components so, though it is still often a two man job to install, the components can be replaced as needed, while others can often be renovated, restored and reinstated.

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UK Roofing Awards 2016 - winners revealed

The winners of the UK Roofing Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by BBC’s Steph McGovern at the Hilton London Metropole on Friday 13th May 2016.

The winners are:

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The advantages of steel over plastic are becoming increasingly obvious

In an industry often driven by price Rainclear Systems, online retailer and the UK’s leading distributor of metal guttering and downpipe products, has not compromised on quality.

In contrast to inferior and less eco-friendly PVCu the Galvanised steel rainwater system supplied by Rainclear is highly durable, made from a high percentage of recycled metal and 100% recyclable at end of life.

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The Aquapol masonry dehydration system - a lasting solution against rising damp

The Aquapol masonry dehydration system is the latest development in wall drying technology. Its main area of application is the dehydration of buildings affected by rising damp.

The heart of the system is a small, lampshade-like device which is installed onto the ceiling. The device uses wireless technology to dry out the walls.

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The end of the pew? How stacking chairs and seating are favoured in churches today

For the first 1500 years of the Church’s life, pews were extremely rare. In most medieval Churches for example, people stood or sat on the floor with only a narrow bench around the edge of the building for eating. Some Churches never even got around to installing pews and in Eastern Orthodox Churches in Russia and Greece worshippers still stand today!

Pews render the space in Churches virtually unusable for anything other than two hour long events a week. A recent survey found that pews effectively exclude 90% of people who are not regular attendees of services.

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