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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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Letchworth's Howard Gardens public opening

A new statue of Greek poet Sappho will be unveiled at an official event to mark the reopening of Howard Gardens in Letchworth Garden City to the public on 5 November 2011 from 12 to 3pm.

The original Sappho statue was stolen from the Gardens in the 1990s and a new version will now be given pride of place in the heart of the renovated Gardens.
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The reopening of the Gardens marks a significant milestone in North Hertfordshire District Council’s £2.7million project to renovate both Howard Park and Gardens. The overall scheme will conserve the historic importance of the Park and Gardens while bringing its facilities up-to-date and aims to increase the number of people who use and enjoy it. The scheme has been largely financed thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) joint Parks for People programme.

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Royal Garrison Church Woolwich gets new lease of life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a confirmed grant* of just over £396,000 so that Grade II listed St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich can undergo much-needed conservation works, it was announced today.


The money will see up to twenty students work alongside newly appointed mural conservators under the Heritage of London Trust Operations (HOLT Op) scheme to preserve the remains of the Royal Garrison Church, currently on the English Heritage At Risk Register. The scheme, expected to take just over two years to complete, will also make the site fully accessible to the public for the first time.

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Natural Stone Award for Craftsmanship current holder Timothy Lees demonstrates standards achieved by MCA Members

Principal Stone Contractor/Craftsman: Timothy Lees

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New Chimney Pieces, Hanover Lodge, London

Each of the five chimney pieces has been made from carefully selected statuary marble, sawn to make sure only the best quality material was visible on the finished piece.

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Wood Carving Classes with Gerald Adams of the Master Carvers Association

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After obtaining a fine art degree at Exeter, Gerald worked for a large Norfolk Furniture maker making fine reproductions, before studying carving at the London College of Furniture and setting up on his own.

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Newcastles Medieval 'Black Gate' brought back to life

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today awarded a confirmed grant¹ of £1.4m to The Heart of the City Partnership for an exciting restoration project. Old Newcastle: ‘Where the Story Begins’.

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HLF’s investment will completely revitalise the City’s 13th century, Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed ‘Black Gate’, bringing this currently vacant building back into public use as a fully accessible heritage, education and community resource.

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Laing O’Rourke seals £95m Manchester library revamp job

Contractor will overhaul the city’s central library and town hall

Laing O’Rourke has signed a £95m contract with Manchester city council to overhaul the city’s grade-II listed Central Library and town hall.

The contractor will refurbish the two 1930s landmarks and connect the buildings for the first time.

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Other works include the installation of a glass and steel feature stair and lift in the Central Library and the creation of a new public ground floor exhibition and entertainment space.

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Larry Lamb makes surprise announcement of Heritage Lottery Fund grant to former Brixham sailing trawler

The Trinity Sailing Foundation is today celebrating following the award of £170,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the restoration of the former Brixham sailing trawler, Leader.

The surprise announcement, made by EastEnders actor Larry Lamb, will be shown as part of The National Lottery: Secret Fortune on Saturday evening on BBC 1.

Larry Lamb visited Brixham as part of a series of films appearing on the Lottery draw show over the coming weeks. The films feature the great variety of good causes that Lottery players are helping to support by raising over £30million a week for good causes.

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Breaking the code at Bletchley Park

World War II codebreaking centre set to benefit from latest Heritage Lottery Fund support.

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding [1] of over £6m for three heritage projects. These involve:

Lifting the lid on Bletchley Park’s fascinating secret wartime history;
Conserving one of the UK’s most endangered insects - the bumblebee;
Restoring Newcastle’s ‘Black Gate’, a notable medieval landmark.
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “These projects demonstrate the huge reach of our work, from protecting the endangered bumblebee to restoring wonderful historic buildings. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the proposals we looked at for this round of funding and high competition meant difficult decisions on the day. We hope that this sizeable investment of lottery money will give many more people the chance to get involved with their local heritage, wherever their interests lie.”

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Details unveiled for £100million scheme to boost private giving to culture

Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) today announced further details of the £100million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector.

Full guidance for applicants has now been published with the first part of the scheme now open for heritage applications.

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English Heritage Publishes New Guidance on Theft of Metal from Churches

English Heritage has today (26 September 2011) issued new guidance on the theft of metal from church buildings in view of the intensification of the problem in some parts of England. The guidance offers greater clarity on when alternative materials might be appropriate and which ones are likely to be considered following theft of roofing materials.

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"I want the one with the Owl on it"

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Owlett-architectural Inspires Merchant Ambassador

The UK’s newest distributor of architectural ironmongery, Owlett-Architectural, has proved to be so popular with merchants across the UK that one satisfied customer has covered his workplace with images of the brand’s iconic owl.

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Lovell Purbeck restores Floor at St. John's Church, Hyde Park

Produced in the company’s new tile factory

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 Lovell Purbeck, a specialist supplier of Purbeck natural stone and British limestones, has recently supplied 650m2 of replacement internal flooring for the significant renovation project at St John’s Church, Hyde Park.  This project marks the first, completed scheme through the company’s new state-of-the-art tile factory at the stoneworks just outside Swanage, Dorset.

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The History of Church Stained Glass Windows

Church Stained Glass Windows were once known as the "Poor Mans Bible".
Beautiful Stained Glass Windows illuminate our churches throughout the world, being one of the main focal points within these places of worship.  Their beautiful colours and pictures bring the bible to life through stories of saints and martyrs from the christian world.

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What is the history of Church Stained Glass Windows?
For about 900 years, churches and cathedrals have been displaying these fantastic master pieces. Once known as the "poor mans bible" due to the fact that bibles were too expensive.  With paper being expensive the church decided that glass seemed the most cost effective and durable way to spread the word of God.  Stained glass windows in churches today are carefully maintained and restored due to their integral part of the churches ambiance.  Beautiful examples are the Sainte Chappelle, Canterbury Chapel and the Vatican in Rome.

Church Stained Glass Windows are a work of art and today specialist who specialise in bespoke design of Stained Glass  Windows for churches and residential homes can only be described as 'artistic craftsman'.  Many homes are now following the churches example and using stained glass windows within their home to tell stories of their family etc.  A good example is a local Bolton family who commissioned a Clitheroe company to create a stained glass window that told the story of their life, family and roots.
Stained Glass Windows will hopefully continue to be restored in churches and grow as a design trend in interior design.

Wrightstyle supplies to iconic new heart of historic city

The centre of Bristol is being reinvented with the largest mixed use development to have been built in the city for twenty years, bringing back into productive life a former brewery site that has lain derelict for ten years.

Centrepiece of the Finzels Reach development is Bridgewater House, the largest speculative office development on site outside London.

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Globe Theatre Extension Aided by Laser Scanned 3D Models

Complex laser scanned computer models, created using software from Pointools, are helping architects design the most complete recreation of an English renaissance indoor theatre ever attempted. The indoor Jacobean theatre, the shell of which already exists on the Shakespeare’s Globe site in London, will be restored to provide a brand new theatre space that will seat around 320 people, with two tiers of galleried seating and an authentic pit seating area.

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Lead And Other Metal Theft

We at Ecclesiastical and Heritage World thought you might like to join us and others in an effort to do something about this growing problem.

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Historically the scrap metal trade has been a cash in hand industry which creates difficulties as there is no audit trail, making identification of individuals who may be trading stolen metal or who may be committing tax or benefits fraud, a difficult proposition.

An amendment to the Scrap Metal Merchants Act 1964 to prohibit cash transactions would make payment by cheque or directly into a bank account mandatory and would be a significant component in reducing metal theft

Sign the petition and forward to anyone else you think might be interested please.

Stairrods (UK) completes refurbishment project for Scottish Portrait Gallery

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The Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh is due to re-open in November 2011 following a  £2 million refurbishment project, which includes the renovation by Stairrods (UK) of all 180 original, solid brass stair rods.

    The period rods had been damaged over the years by heavy foot traffic, the application of various cleaning materials, plus natural ageing, which had left the stair rods scratched, significantly marked and looking worn.

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