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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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Preston, Oxford and Torbay benefit from £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund investment

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £7.4m to Preston’s impressive Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Grade I listed University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and the stunning 800-year-old Torre Abbey in Torbay.

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Preston, Oxford and Torbay benefit from £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund investment

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ of £7.4m to Preston’s impressive Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Grade I listed University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and the stunning 800-year-old Torre Abbey in Torbay.

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Heritage Lottery Fund announces an additional £45m investment

HLF has today announced an overall budget of £250m for new grants next financial year (March 2011-12) – £45m more than the budget for the current year.

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Low cost heritage training for the construction industry

Checkout our Heritage Construction Courses wef February 2011!
We are offering 60% subsidies, subject to eligibility, on all these courses. But hurry. This is for a short time only.

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xWales Gets £3m Restoration Fund

The construction industry is a winner too with news that a restored classical Georgian church and a former temperance hall are among projects to benefit from winning £3.2m in funding for two Pembrokeshire towns.

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Full Steam Ahead For Expansion Of Industrial Park

A former Kent railway station which once echoed to the sounds of thousands of hop-pickers making their annual visit to the county is on track to provide more new business opportunities for modern-day companies.

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Mansell Wins £2.8m Contract

Mansell has won a £2.8 million contract to repair and restore a Grade I Listed Monument, Hadlow Tower in Kent for Vivat Trust.

The contract requires work to the existing octagonal and square towers which together form Hadlow Tower. It includes the reinstatement of render and missing precast and moulded decoration and the reconstruction of the dismantled lantern at the top of the octagonal tower. A new steel support structure will replace the existing timber frame on several levels.

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Didsbury Library Set For Overhaul

Didsbury's Grade ll listed library will undergo a renovation programme following consultation with a specialist heritage officer.

The work will include some re-plastering, painting the interior and replacing carpets. A heritage officer from the council's planning team will be consulted throughout the renovations to ensure they reflect the building's history. The interior of the building will be painted in similar colours to what it would have been in 1915 when it was built.

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Shapps Moves To Stop Bulldozers Demolishing Ringo Starr's Birthplace

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has called for a temporary reprieve to the demolition of Ringo Starr's birthplace to ensure the people of Liverpool have a chance to have their say in what happens to what many consider to be a culturally important building.

Mr Shapps has written to Liverpool City Council asking them to halt the planned demolition to give the local community and other interested organisations an opportunity to put forward alternative viable preservation options.

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Recreating the historic Kent Peg Tile

by Paul Lythgoe, Managing Director of Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd

Kent Peg Tiles hold a special place in the English architectural landscape – particularly in the South East of England, where they were once seen on nearly every town house, country residence, barn, oast house, church and farm property.
Dating back as far as the 12th and 13th centuries, the name ‘peg tile’, originally came from the softwood pegs, which were driven through two square holes in the top edge of the tiles, attaching them to the laths or battens.

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Chester Castle

Recclesia Ltd at Chester Castle

Recclesia Ltd, historic building conservation specialists based in Chester, have been awarded Phase VI of conservation work at Chester Castle for English Heritage. The contract started this week and will see the Half Moon Tower and Frobisher’s Workshop consolidated, conserved and repaired.

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Bees, Boats and Trains projects scoop three Lottery awards

Three projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) won first prize at the National Lottery Awards. The winners were announced at a special star-studded event, broadcast live on BBC One from London's Roundhouse. 

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Park Life: ‘Rollerbladers’ photo wins Lottery competition

Today, Mat Ricardo’s eye-catching photo taken in Battersea Park, London, has been chosen as the winner of the UK-wide ‘Postcards from the Park’ photo competition. The competition has been organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) in partnership with parks charity GreenSpace.

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HymnQuest is a unique software program developed by ThePratt Green Trust, a charity devoted to the advancement of hymnody and music in worship.

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My name is Christopher J Barsby of Barsby Lightning Protection Leicester;
It would appear that there is a considerable amount of confusion regarding the Testing of Lightning Protection Systems.

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Renaissance Palace at Stirling Castle

ARTTUS and the Stirling Castle Palace Project - Renaissance Palace at Stirling Castle

When commissioned ARTTUS involve the client in each stage of the design process and with one of their experienced designers work towards confirming the concept and agreeing a detailed brief. With enthusiasm and energy they bring a dynamic design vision to each project.

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Ecclesiastical reveals plans for Gloucester Docks move

A specialist insurance company has announced plans to move to new multi-million pound headquarters at Gloucester Docks.

Ecclesiastical Group Insurance agreed the deal with the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), which owns the land at Southgate Moorings.

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