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Manchester proves to be the magnet as CRE returns to the North Print E-mail

Sold out! signs are up at Event City in Manchester, ahead of the much-anticipated return of CRE North – with more than 130 organisations taking all the space earmarked for the show, which runs from 13-14 March.

“It will be the first CRE in the North for five years and also the first regional event under our ownership,” said Steve Goddard, who bought the exhibition from the Bible Society in November 2016. “We are thrilled so many organisations have backed us in this way.”

The official HQ of the CRE organisation is now on Merseyside and CRE at Event City will have a distinctly northern flavour. A choir from St Leonard’s C of E School in Padiham, Lancashire will serenade Irish singer and former MEP Dana – who is opening the exhibition – with new words to her Eurovision Song Contest-winning song ‘All Kinds of Everything …for your church and you’.

The first exhibit seen by visitors will be the Embassy Bus, providing emergency shelter and support to vulnerable adults in Greater Manchester. The Bishop of Bolton, Rev Mark Ashcroft, will speak on church growth in areas of deprivation. Manchester-based gospel collective Voices Beyond will perform, along with several artists handled by CRE North exhibitor Ministry of Music.

There will be more than 30 free seminars and presentations on a range of practical subjects, from job searching to safeguarding.

There will also be a whole cohort of exhibitors specialising in building maintenance and hardware. They include specialists in heating installation, damp-proofing, disability access and building design, as well as furniture manufacturers, sound, AV and lighting designers and installers, staging manufacturers, software developers and office equipment suppliers.

On hand to offer advice on capital projects will be architects, insurance companies and financial advisors.

Special features include CRE’s first-ever Study Zone, where representatives from eight colleges, including Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, will guide visitors through the academic maze, offering one-to-one consultations on all aspects of theological study.

That’s not forgetting a special focus on social engagement with Greater Manchester Street Pastors, a youth and children’s work trail, and entertainment in CRE’s first-ever Inflatable Theatre, hosted by the redoubtable Rev Cindy Kent MBE.

CRE North will be open from 10am-8pm on Wed 13 March and until 4pm the following day. Event City offers great transport links and thousands of free parking places in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Its location next to the Trafford Centre makes it easy to find. Tickets are available from as little as £3. For more information visit

Over the years the CRE has provided church organisations with a focal point to source goods and products ranging from building solutions and furniture to lighting and sound systems, vestments and plate. Many exhibitors became regular fixtures, acting as a network of service providers. Its many quirky features included a series of ‘Clergy on the Catwalk’ fashion shows of vestments and the unforgettable My Church Needs One of Those competitions – the McNoot Awards.

Richard Shepherd, business development manager at Ecclesiastical and Heritage World, is a regular visitor at CRE exhibitions throughout the country.

Said Richard: "These events are always worth a visit, even if only for the pleasant and friendly people there. The usual variety of stands all have one thing in common: the Christian spirit and goodwill. My experience is always of very professional and trustworthy experts in their respective fields."

Among CRE exhibitors offering solutions to practical questions is Fuller’s Finer Furniture, who travel from Weston-super-Mare to demonstrate a range of specialist church furnishing.

The company’s managing director Paul Fuller (pictured above) told Ecclesiastical and Heritage World the shows are a success and an “opportunity to have good conversations with existing and new customers”.

Fullers have been making their renowned height adjustable Canterbury and York Lecterns since 2001. Demand for these popular lecterns continues and Paul puts this down to a number of factors - click here for the full story.

Pictured (right) is Gerry Browne of church lighting specialists, Lighting Dynamics - unusually alone at his stand as every time we tried to get to speak to him he was busy talking to interested visitors and showing them examples of his spectacular church lighting projects.

Indeed, Lighting Dynamics are regularly featured on the front cover of Ecclesiastical and Heritage World including a lighting project at the beautiful St Giles RC Church in Staffordshire. Gerry commented: "I believe that as one of Augustus Pugin’s top UK building projects, there has been a considerable amount of architectural interest in the feature”.

In its 32 years of existence, Christian Resources Exhibitions has grown to become one of the most important ecumenical events in the Christian calendar. There is no other exhibition in Europe that features so many organisations from such a broad church.

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The non-invasive system that’s at the Core of damp treatment

Belmont Abbey, just outside Hereford, is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery which also serves as a parish church for the local community. The abbey church is a Grade Two*-listed building dating from 1860. It was designed by Edward Welby Pugin, son of the celebrated architect Augustus Welby Pugin, and is noted for the quality of its sculpture and stained glass.

As with many buildings of it age, the abbey had various dampness problems that required constant attention – rising, or structural, damp being just one of them. Specialist damp treatment company Core Conservation were engaged to survey the building and proposed the Aquapol non-invasive system.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand C25 at CRE North

Lighting specialist looks forward to a welcome return

One of the companies that had reason to be glad they exhibited at the last CRE in Manchester five years ago is Anthony J Smith (Glos) Ltd. They have a long history of designing and installing bespoke lighting systems within churches and since that last show they have been fortunate to have been involved in a number of church projects in the North West – including at Standish, Ecclestone, Preston and Oldham. They also have a small number of other projects in the region at the planning stage.

That being the case, the company felt that, when CRE decided to return to the North West in March, they should do the same, and they are looking forward to discussing potential new projects with visitors to the show who may be looking either for lighting improvements or for a full design, rewire and installation service.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand P47 at CRE North

Church heating specialist spans the Midlands

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in the village of Somersham, near Huntingdon, stands on a site which is thought to have been used for Christian worship since the second half of the 7th century.

Earlier this year the heating system in the church was completely upgraded by Stoke-on-Trent church heating specialists Mellor and Mottram. The previous system was over 20 years old and had become very inefficient and costly to maintain. In a news article the church noted that in 2016 it had cost over £2,000 to have the boiler serviced for the following winter.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand P73 at CRE North

Collaboration brings stunning results

Nestling in the heart of the historic Norfolk market town of Swaffham, the beautiful Grade Two-listed Methodist Church has recently been renovated to offer state-of-the-art resources to people of all ages and interests in a bright and welcoming building.

The transformation has been accomplished in no small part through the collaboration of two specialist church suppliers – Cunnings Recording Associates and Fullers Finer Furniture – in conjunction with the building contractor H Smith and Sons of Honingham.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand P74 at CRE North

Best-Selling Crematorium Furniture

Rosehill are often the contract furniture supplier of choice for the bereavement and crematorium sector. We’ve been supplying quality furniture to funeral directors across the UK for over 3 decades offering a wide selection of seating and bespoke sanctuary items.

This blog post covers our best-selling items for crematoriums making it easier for you to choose and order your furniture with Rosehill.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand C43 at CRE North

New audio system for St Nicholas’ Church, Burton in Wirral

St Nicholas’ Church, Burton in Wirral, is located in the village of Burton, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Cheshire. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Wirral South.

The parochial church council’s set audio, lighting and control systems specialists, Richard King Systems, the brief of upgrading and modernising the audio system, for the reproduction of both speech and live performances.

Click here to read the full story and visit Stand P19 at CRE North

Hymnal Plus - the leading worship music solution

Whether you have trouble finding good, reliable organists (or other musicians), have no instrument or simply want good music available for outreach, the Hymnal Plus is the solution.

As well as churches, the Hymnal Plus is widely used by Schools and Colleges, Chaplaincies in the Armed Forces, Prisons and Hospitals, Retirement Homes, Retreat Centres, Christian Holiday Centres, Cruise Liners, Crematoriums and private individuals – all of whom find the Hymnal Plus provides their complete worship music needs.

Click here to read the full storyand visit Stand C17 at CRE North

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