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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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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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British Islamic Heritage

British Islamic heritage celebrated by Historic England

In March, two mosques in London were listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

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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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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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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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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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Master Craftsmen

The ‘resistance army’ that is fighting to preserve traditional craft skills

According to English Heritage, on average one historic building or monument has been destroyed every day since 1945. That fact has been accompanied by a fall in local authority heritage restoration budgets of 8% over the past eight years. These are worrying statistics, but perhaps the tide is turning as people are beginning to care more about our nation’s heritage.

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Drone Surveys

Your surveys no longer need to be done on a wing and a prayer

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is rapidly expanding as the carers and keepers of old buildings and churches learn how much easier and more cost-effective completing surveying and maintenance projects can be with the professional use of drones.

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CRE Events

CRE: inspiration and innovation for the whole congregation

Almost 90% of floor space sold with five months to go: that's the good news from the Christian Resources Exhibition, taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey from 16-18 October.

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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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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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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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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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Master Carvers

Carving out an enviable reputation

The Master Carvers Association was founded in 1897 as an employers association, by a number of companies who employed carvers, to enable national negotiations with the emerging unions.

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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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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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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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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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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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Luxury Italianate brick architecture by Millgate

Only walking distance from Ascot Racecourse and high street, the grand Englemere development by Millgate offers 17 luxury apartments, set amongst 12 acres of manicured landscaping. This spectacular development is situated alongside the world famous sporting venue, with over 300 years of rich heritage, the grandstand shadows Ascot’s picturesque high street and nearby quaint villages, boasting extensive shopping opportunities and a wealth of bustling bars and restaurants.

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The revival of Liverpool’s famous tiled pavement

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool is regarded as one of the finest examples of a Neo-Classical building in the world. When constructed in the 1850s, the intricate encaustic tiled floor was the largest Minton pavement in the world at over 30,000 individual pieces. Today, the tiled floor is undergoing major restoration and the first stage is successfully completed. The complexity of the original Minton design makes this project one of the most exacting ever undertaken by the UK specialist tile manufacturer Craven Dunnill Jackfield.

Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, a London architect aged just 25, won a competition to design the original Hall, along with the new assizes court. Construction started in 1841: the building opened in 1854.

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Young roofing olympians seek gold at international competition

Four outstanding young roofers from around the United Kingdom will be heading to Poland this coming October to take part in the bi-annual World Championship for Young Roofers, organised by the International Federation of Roofing Contractors (IFD). This year the competition is being hosted by the Polish Roofing Trade Association, PolskieStowarzyszenieDekarzy (PSD).

Through this international competition, the IFD aims to harmonise professional roof training, raise the profile of training to the public and create a common international message to promote the standards of skilled young roofers. The competition itself covers the three major roofing disciplines; Flat, Pitched and Metal and Team GB will be aiming for gold in Flat and Pitched. 

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Enhanced artistic expression at ACCA

Heritage buildings, successfully refurbished, can make a significant contribution to community participation. When in need of a new or continued lease of life, sensitive creative intervention, new ideas, artistic expression and local interaction have the potential to help the buildings flourish.

The work of Sound Space Vision (SSV) in this field includes transforming a redundant Grade II Listed church in Hammersmith into a performing arts venue. Also, in Manchester, a sought after orchestra rehearsal space has been borne for the Hallé Orchestra out of a disused chapel.

At the University of Sussex Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA), SSV, in collaboration with RHP Architects, have reinvented the facilities at the former Gardner Arts Centre. Remaining within the vestiges of the original 1960s design by Sir Basil Spence, it has been upgraded and transformed into effective rehearsal and performance spaces, teaching and workshop arenas and public gathering spaces for both its students, the wider community and professional ensembles.

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Tudor roses inspire family of craftspeople

Carved Tudor roses on the woodwork of a grand Tudor house in Norfolk provided the inspiration for the creation of new leaded lights for a window of that same house. The new design, by Norfolk studio Kenton Brauer, is a replacement for an existing stained glass window which had become tired-looking, with some broken lights.

Kenton Brauer is a very personal Norfolk business, working to craft and restore traditional and contemporary stained glass and casements for ecclesiastical, commercial and domestic commissions. In the case of the Tudor house, in Harleston, partners Paige Kenton and Jason Brauer removed the existing stained glass and replaced it with a subtle design to complement the house’s ambiance.

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A Suffolk Georgian gem rises from the ashes

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Cupola HouseWhen a major fire raged through the Grade One-listed Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds in 2012, the fire service called upon local specialist builders Seamans Building to make the building safe. After bringing in long-reach demolition plant to help secure the structure, Seamans embarked upon clearing the debris, preparing the site for surveys and erecting a temporary scaffolded structure to preserve the integrity of what remained.

Architects Purcell then began work, in partnership with English Heritage, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and a team of specialist consultants, to stabilise the surviving built fabric and reconstruct the lost historic features. Using all the available information about the building, which was built in 1693, the architectural team recreated the principal spaces and reintroduced many of the building’s architectural details, including panelling, cornices, architraves and the staircase.

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Young roofers to compete on national stage

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World SkillBuild1From April to July, roofing apprentices from around the UK demonstrated their skills at regional heats to gain a place at this year’s SkillBuild Final, taking place on the 17th-19th November, at NEC Birmingham.

The competition, organised by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), saw fifty-five competitors taking part in one of eight heats, which were overseen by three judges, Matt Timby, Simon Dixon and Bob Coutts, who’s vast experience of roofing competitions range from a past SkillBuild winner to a recognised mentor for the international competition: World Championship for Young Roofers.

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UK’s largest lead survey reveals lack of accreditation knowledge in construction sector

Britain’s largest industry survey of its kind has exposed a lack of accreditation knowledge among those working with lead in the construction industry.

This is one of the key takeaways from the UK-wide survey of more than 250 lead merchants and end users, commissioned by Midland Lead and conducted by Firebrand Insight, an independent research consultancy.

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How we helped create a modern-day masterpiece

In architecture and interior design, woodcarving rarely exists alone. Usually it’s integrated into the millwork, such as mouldings, columns, brackets and cabinetry. That means a woodcarving workshop must either be part of, or comfortable partnering with, joinery workshops and vice versa.

The working relationship between woodcarver and joiner has existed for centuries. My company, Agrell Architectural Carving, has decades of experience partnering with joinery companies using tried-and-true techniques passed down through generations of our trades. My job as account manager is to ensure our hand-carved ornamentation integrates perfectly into joinery projects.

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Rainclear bring you the ability to buy Cast Iron Roof Drainage Outlets online

You can now browse and buy Harmer Cast Iron Roof Outlets online on Rainclear Systems’ website. You can conveniently pay by card or Paypal with delivery to you or your site within 5 working days.

Harmer are well known for manufacturing the marketing leading range of rainwater handling and building drainage products. Now Rainclear offer the added convenience of buying them on a mobile responsive ecommerce website wherever you are and whenever you are ready.

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Priory church extension is Project of the Year

The award for Project of the Year in the 2015 East of England RICS Awards was won by the conservation and extension of the medieval church at Clare Priory in Suffolk. Established in 1248, Clare Priory is one of the oldest religious houses in England; situated in the shadows of Clare Castle on the banks of the River Stour.

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York medieval gateway restored

Walmgate Bar is the most complete of the four main medieval gateways into the City of York. It is the only one to retain its barbican, portcullis and inner doors and has recently undergone a major programme of restoration work. This included repairs to stonework dating back to the 12th century and improving public access.

At the city centre side of the Bar is a two storey oak timber framed structure dating back to the 16th century. This part of the building had suffered from timber decay, structural defects and the rectification of failing repair works undertaken back in the 1970s and 1990s.

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Beware: your building might not react to fire as you think it will

As building owners or operators we are custodians of a number of valuable assets, such as the premises themselves and the often overlooked element of the need for continuity of operation. Plus, of course, when our buildings are occupied – human life.

So, as conscientious people we try to ensure our buildings are designed to be safe and managed as much as possible so as to prevent a fire.

They are equipped with fire detection systems and possibly fire suppression systems. We even develop and practice emergency evacuation strategies as part of our management plans. All of these aspects of fire safety are reasonably obvious and tangible items for responsible building operators.

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Paddington community and heritage hub hits major funding milestone

An innovative new scheme to create a community and heritage hub in the heart of Westbourne Green in Paddington – one of the most religiously and culturally diverse wards in London – has reached a major milestone as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the project a £3.6m grant.

The St Mary Magdalene Development Project is a joint initiative between the Paddington Development Trust and St Mary Magdalene Church which will transform the church building into a heritage, community, culture and arts hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area.

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Construction moves forward in Redhill

The summer saw work continue on the new church hall at St John the Evangelist in Redhill, Surrey. Following completion of the basement, which involved an impressive concrete pour of 120m3 to create the floor and a further pour of 43m3 to form the walls, the ground floor slab was cast and the dividing walls constructed. That gives the basement a sense of real ‘space’.

Said Anna Bataille of main contractors Corniche: “The months of enabling works and basement construction are over, the project has really moved on and we are now in phase two. This is a really exciting place to be as the building now has form and the artisan trades can get to work.”

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Government to fund security at places of worship

The British government have announced a £2.4 million fund to help secure places of worship in England and Wales. Churches, mosques and temples have been invited to bid for grants if they can show that they are at risk of attack from religious hate crimes.

Synagogues are excluded from the scheme because the government has provided a separate grant to the Community Security Trust, a charity that provides protection services to Britain’s Jewish communities.

The scheme has been launched by Britain's Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, as she outlined a Hate Crime Action Plan. This will include a study into how the different police forces in the country understand and respond to hate crimes and a commitment from the government to “give young people and teachers the tools they need to tackle hatred and prejudice, including through a new programme to equip teachers to facilitate conversations around international events and the impact they have on communities here in the UK.”

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LSA's Rolled Lead Sheet Manual 2016 edition now available

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World LSA New ManualThe Lead Sheet Association is pleased to announce the launch of a newly updated version of its Rolled Lead Sheet Manual - the biggest revamp in recent years.

The 2016 edition contains many improved drawings, a better layout and clearer tables to ensure all users get the best out of Rolled Lead Sheet. In particular, we have improved the section on ventilation, an area in which our technical team deal with many enquiries. We have created a better step-by-step approach to ensuring you get the ventilation correct in a range of circumstances – from flat and pitched roofs to dormers.

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New security system revolutionises protection of church buildings

Stealing lead from church roofs has become a lucrative operation over the past decade, and in recent years has seen more and more churches fall victim.

St Michael’s and All Angels Church has been at the heart of Church Broughton in Derbyshire for over 900 years, so when the Grade 1 Listed church was attacked by thieves last year they sought a professional company to install a system to prevent this from reoccurring. The changes to their insurance policy meant they now could achieve a greatly enhanced claim cover from their Insurers.

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What is CompetentRoofer?

CompetentRoofer is the Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England and Wales. The scheme encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties.

Cheap work has hidden cost implications

Your property is one of the most expensive and important things that you can own so risking any building work to unregistered contractors, simply because it is the cheaper option, is false economy.

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Carving out an international reputation, including Stockport

The art of woodcarving is truly international and nowhere is that better illustrated than in the career of Devon-based Laurent Robert. Born in the Auvergne region of France, Laurent began his career as an apprentice there before moving to England to continue his apprenticeship with the long-established ecclesiastical firm of church restorers, Herbert Read Ltd. While he was with them he was involved in the restoration of the organ case of St Paul’s in Deptford and the refurbishment of Kensington Palace Chapel.

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Aldeburgh Church gets a new roof

The Church of Our Lady and St Peter in Aldeburgh, Suffolk sits on a hill top with stunning views of the coast below. When it was built, the church was intended to be very much in the style of the 40-odd round towered medieval churches that you find in the county, particularly along the coast.

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