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CRE Events

Celebrations at Sandown Park as CRE makes triumphant return

A post-lockdown celebration was how thousands of visitors to the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) viewed their visit to the event at Sandown Park in October.


Master Craftsmen

Championing our heritage with modern craftsmanship

Twenty years ago, English Heritage (now Historic England) published its first-ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England, which featured nearly 2,000 buildings and monuments that were ‘neglected, broken and unloved’. Recently Historic England was delighted to announce that over two-thirds of those buildings were now safe, in both urban and rural areas right across the country.


Traditional Lime

Lime: it’s better for buildings – and for the environment

It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. But why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? In order to begin to answer those questions it is necessary to understand the nature of traditional building, the process by which buildings used to be built, and how it differs from modern construction, the process by which we build today.


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.


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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War Memorials

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK. The charity provides free advice to anyone as well as running grant schemes to support repair and conservation projects. You can find a range of resources on the website http://www.warmemorials.org/ to help you engage with our unique war memorial heritage. The Trust is a charity so if you support our work please consider making a donation.


Painting and Decorating

Redecorating listed buildings and places of worship

If you are thinking of redecorating the interior of your listed building or place of worship seek the advice of your architect or surveyor as implications of redecoration can be far reaching. There may well be technical aspects that need to be addressed before decoration can be carried out successfully. Redecoration can also have a major impact on the appearance of your building, including the way it looks and feels for worship.


Scottish Heritage

£240,000 boost for communities as Scottish heritage projects awarded funding

Funding to provide training opportunities and the restoration of historic structures will benefit local communities and economies throughout Scotland.


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.


Think Brick

Proven reliability over the centuries - and annual awards are back

Brick is one of our oldest building materials and its use dates back to the beginning of civilisation.

The Brick Development Association represents the United Kingdom and Ireland’s clay brick and paver industries and promotes the contribution that brick makes to the places and spaces we live and work in today. Their role is to ensure clay brick and pavers are recognised as the material of choice by architects, engineers, planners, specifiers, developers, landscapers, builders and property owners.


Heritage Roofing

Heritage roofing - maintaining our iconic buildings

The UK is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, from stunning churches and cathedrals to historic stately homes. Each and every one of these remarkable feats of architecture requires regular maintenance to ensure they remain in the very best condition, allowing them to be enjoyed for generations.


Church Lighting

Light up your place of worship

The design of a lighting scheme and the light fittings themselves can have a positive impact on the way your building looks as well as being functional.


Live Streaming

Why live stream is now mainstream

The restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic have led to many churches venturing into the online world in a much more comprehensive way than before. While most churches have had some kind of online presence and the Church of England has it’s a Church Near You site, the live streaming of services has become much more common. And modern AV equipment is perfectly suited to communicating via the internet.


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About Access is building a history of helping properties to operate safely

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Kenilworth CastleAbout Access is now established as the perfect partner for organisations who want to make sure their historic sites don’t become tourist traps.

Based in Yorkshire and operating nationwide, the company has developed an impressive portfolio of work with churches, castles, stately homes and other heritage properties to help them look after their visitors and staff – and to make sure they keep within the law.

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The Collegiate Church of The Holy Cross and the Mother of Him Who Hung Thereon, Crediton

the collegiate church of the holy crossThe Collegiate Church of the Holy cross and the Mother of Him Who Hung Thereon in Crediton is a building on a scale befitting what was (much earlier) a cathedral town and the birth-place of St. Boniface. The present building is mainly 15th century; a collegiate church of cruciform plan with a central tower. After neglect and degradation in the 18th century it was repaired an d restored in the 19th century by John Hayward who was one of the leading regional Victorian architects.

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Wigan Municipal Buildings

Wigan Municipal BuildingsIntegrating a modern, multi-use municipal facility with a Grade II listed, historically sensitive site was never going to be a simple task. During a large-scale redevelopment of Wigan’s main civic premises, the existing and much-loved iconic terracotta street facade was retained, with Shaws of Darwen selected as a vital part of the professional team to carry out this sensitive work.

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Chester City Walls to create leading european heritage trail

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Water Tower PanelTwo thousand years of Chester’s rich and colourful history have been earmarked to create one of Europe’s finest heritage trails.

Chester’s famous City Walls – the only complete circuit in the UK – have recently been given an asset value £0.5 billion….. but could well be worth much more to the city in the future.

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Resources show heads north

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Catwalk clergyOctober sees the next manifestation of the CRE, the major national exhibition of everything for a church organisation: this time in Manchester. Christian Resources Exhibition North takes place at EventCity on 10-11 October and will pack into two days a wealth of events and showcases for church leaders, organisers, communicators and mission leaders. On show will be furniture, books, music and instruments, software, hardware, plate and even vestments.

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Woodexperts integral to windmill’s longevity

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Skidby WindmillSkidby Windmill, situated near to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is said to be England’s most northerly working windmill, and the only one north of the Humber. About 25 years ago, there was a near-fatal catastrophe, when one of the sail beams broke off during milling, on a Bank Holiday afternoon, and crashed through the roof of the adjoining building, which was full of tourists!

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Two new products launched by Chris Topp & Co

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Chris Topp & CoChris Topp & Co are best known as leaders in this country of heritage iron work restoration – but they  are keen to be recognised as designers and creators of new ironwork.

They have just launched a railing system - Carltonia.

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New cafe for St Martin-in-the-Fields

Ecclesiasitical & Heritage World New cafe for St Martin-in-the-FieldsPlatform 5 Architects have won planning consent for a new temporary outdoor cafe for St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London. The new kiosk is due to open April 2013. A set of images can be downloaded at http://goodfellowcommunications.dphoto.com/album/4d014h.

The new cafe will be sited the east courtyard of St Martin’s - one of the most sensitive sites in central London next to one of the most famous churches in the world.

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The advantages of being accredited

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World RICS Accreditedby M C HALL FRICS IHBC Pg Dip Cons: Historic Buildings. RICS Accredited.

After lobbying by a group of forward thinking surveyors, accreditation was introduced for chartered surveyors as well as architects. Surveyors have now been recognised by the ecclesiastical bodies in England for about 20 years.

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Don’t replace- renovate your period windows

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Clear View RawmarshMaking a building more comfortable, warm and efficient is far from easy especially when you have a period property. Single Glazed windows are a major contributor to heat loss. Compensating for this is not only costly but requires more energy consumption and therefore greater carbon emissions.

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Authentic natural materials are less harmful to the environment...

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Traditional TechnologiesIn every field, materials are chosen according to requirement – managers, designers, specifiers and tradesman never just blindly ignore the properties of those materials in their selection – except it seems, in the building industry. We have been suggesting for many years that traditional building materials are, by their nature, ecological.

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Historic village church has heaters powered from underground LPG tank

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World DrugasarSt Peter’s in Hixon, Staffordshire is a Grade 2 listed rural church dating from 1849. It was designed by the renowned Victorian architect Gilbert Scott and is part of the Mid-Trent diocese.

As part of a major refurbishment programme, DRU has supplied Kamara powered flue gas wall heaters, replacing old and inefficient overhead electric heaters.

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New crafts heritage training centre reaches anniversary

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Heritage Crafts AllianceOn Friday 9th September 2011 Heritage Crafts Alliance, the heritage skills training centre at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire was formally opened by the Rt Hon William Hague MP.

The Rt Hon William Hague MP tries stone carving under the watchful eye of Heritage Craft Alliance MD Glenn Young

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Meare Close House’s renovation

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World meare close houseThe original part of the house is reputed to date from the 1580s with major Victorian Gothic restyling in 1851. Modernisation took place in the 1930s and extension during the 1950s. Adjacent, though now forming a wing of the house, is what was formerly a two storey Victorian cottage. For over the last 70 years, the house has been owned and lived in by three generations of one family.

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HMG Adhesives help preserve our cultural heritage

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World HMG AdhesivesIt’s the nature of all materials to degrade and deteriorate over time. But specialist products from British surface coatings manufacturer HMG are dedicated to preserving these materials at both ends of the natural cycle. Its anti-corrosive primers, preservative wood treatments, weather-resistant masonry paints and high performance coatings help protect them against abrasion, wear, chemical and environmental attack;

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Castle Drive’s historic gates carefully restored

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Castle Drive Gate Refurb Before ShotGrade I-listed, wrought-iron gates, on Castle Drive have been carefully refurbished by Chester Renaissance in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council with aspirations for public access via the gates.

Dating back to 1885, the gates stand under the arch which leads to the entrance of Castle Square, now home to the University of Chester and Chester Crown Court and where the County Gaol once stood.

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A dummy pass for avoiding VAT relief?

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World TAX Free VAT FreeHeritage property experts at Smith & Garratt, the Borders-based firm of conservation accredited surveyors, are united with the great majority of those with interests in our built heritage in asking the Chancellor to re-think his proposal to apply standard-rate VAT to approved alterations to protected buildings.

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