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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.89

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CRE South West to take place at Westpoint, Exeter on 23-24 February 2022

For the first time in six years CRE are inviting church leaders, officers, members and anyone involved in Christian work and ministry to join them at Westpoint, Exeter to discover a hall full of new ideas and resources and receive advice from a range of experts and specialists.


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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Cathedral Care

Restoration and upkeep of cathedrals

There are some 42 Anglican cathedrals in the UK, not to mention 20 or so Catholic cathedrals. Cathedrals form the most important collection of historic buildings in England. The largest and most ancient are internationally famous, the smallest are usually among the most significant buildings in their region and even the most recent are architectural masterpieces.


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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Want to know how old your building structure really is?


Dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) has, in recent years, become a standard procedure in the investigation and interpretation of ecclesiastical properties.  InEnglandthis is largely the result of such studies being funded by English Heritage, most often as part of their grant-aided support of repairs and renovations to parish churches and associated properties, and to some of our magnificent cathedrals.

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Chicksgrove Quarry

Welcome to Chicksgrove Quarry – Proud Suppliers of Chilmark Stone to Salisbury Cathedral

Chicksgrove Quarry Ltd is the only source of Chilmark Stone, a cream coloured Limestone nationally renowned as one of the country’s finest building stones. 

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Ghostsigns: saving our hand painted advertising

Sam Roberts

They once covered walls across the country with brightly coloured advertising and promotions.  Their demise, which continues to this day, has been profound but an army of photographers have been working to create a lasting record of these signs of old, commonly known as ‘ghostsigns’.


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The Major Repair Programme at Salisbury Cathedral

It was in 1986 that the then Clerk of Works at Salisbury Cathedral, Roy Spring, first identified the huge amount of the work which would need to done on the beautiful and ancient medieval cathedral to conserve it for future generations.  That work was subsequently titled the Major Repair Programme, or MRP.  Four years later, in 1990, The Spire Appeal was set up under the patronage of the Prince of Wales and the massive undertaking began in earnest.

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Heritage Lottery Fund announces more money for major projects and greater flexibility in tough economic climate

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its continuing commitment to support major transformational projects (HLF grants of £5m and over) in the tough economic climate. 

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Heritage Lottery Fund statement on conflict of interest

All Trustees and Committee members of the Heritage Lottery Fund must declare any personal and business interests. The Conflict of Interest Register is reviewed by the Audit Committee each year and is open to the public on request. 

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Heritage Lottery Fund invests £10.5m in four places of historic significance

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ for four projects in Scotland, Wales and England: 

Sir Walter Scott’s home, ‘Abbotsford’, in the Borders; Newbridge Memorial Hall in Caerphilly; a Tudor dwelling house known as ‘The Walronds’ in Devon; and the 18th-century Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.  Initial support² has also been awarded for projects in Staffordshire, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Suffolk and Worcestershire.

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DCMS' review of arm's length bodies

Heritage Lottery Fund statement:

Commenting on today’s DCMS statement, Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), said:

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‘Postcards from the Park’ 2010

Get snap happy this summer with ‘Postcards from the Park’ photo competition 

This summer sees the launch of ‘Postcards from the Park’ 2010, a national photography competition organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and parks charity GreenSpace.

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Summer Lottery boost for UK’s parks

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today announced confirmed funding¹ of over £6m for four parks across England through their joint Parks for People programme 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today announced confirmed funding¹ of over £6m for four parks across England through their joint Parks for People programme. The parks in Wallsend, Dudley, Leeds and Burnham-on-Sea² can now go ahead with major redevelopment work.

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Caring for Places of Worship

Heritage Lottery Fund welcomes Places of Worship report’s quantification of need 

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), welcomed English Heritage’s ‘Caring for Places of Worship’ report, and said that HLF would be considering how it might respond to the challenges set out in the report in the light of its expectation of increased funding in future years.

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Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House to become Scottish tourist gem in £10 million masterplan

"The appeal of Scott played a huge part in the success of the Year of Homecoming, generating £10 million for the national economy and demonstrating the continuing international appeal of the man and his writing almost 200 years after his death."

Lord Sanderson, whose Abbotsford Trust has managed the landmark since 2004, said the development would create "a financially viable, world-class visitor attraction that will bring lasting economic and cultural benefit."

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Stained Glass

Repair, Restoration And Protection

Cathedrals, churches, castles, houses - grand and terraced, museums, offices and institutions, Britain has a vast legacy of stained glass and sometimes it needs repair or restoration due to either old age, neglect or vandalism.

A & J Stained Glass Studios Ltd. offer a quality service to return your stained glass or leaded lights to pristine condition.

See directory profile entry HERE for more information

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Leah Glover 13, raises money for Gloucestershire churches with help of pony Malcolm

LEAH Glover, 13, was rewarded this week for raising money for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust with the help of her pony Malcolm.

Ailsa O'Connor, county organiser for the trust, presented Leah with the Whitbread Award for the most money raised by someone under 16. This is the second year she has won the award.

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The benefits of using the correct materials for traditional buildings

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Tuscan Foundry Products Ltdby Paul Trace, Managing Director of Tuscan Foundry Products Ltd.

From North to South, East to West, the UK has approximately half a million Listed buildings. In addition there are numerous period properties dotted around the country in conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty. These buildings form an important part of our countries history and provide a valuable insight into techniques and designs from years gone by.

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A reader’s point of view on lightning protection

| BS6651:BSEN 62305

Dear Sir/Madam,
I read with great interest your article on lightning protection in the magazine and the changes in the standards from BS 6651/1999 to the new BSEN 62305. I would like to point-out that fortunately, there are alternatives to the new system that carry European Be International Standards and have done so for many years. Very few Church's, historic or listed buildings could afford the original full BS 6651 system, most in point of fact, have only part systems or less. I have always been aware of the cost involved especially in the case of Church's and Historic Buildings.

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Church Heating Design & Installation by Mellor and Mottram

Mellor & Mottram Mechanical Services Ltd were established in 1973.
The company was originally run by Roger Mottram and Jack Mellor who are now both retired. The company is now run by Stuart Mottram who personally looks after all interest in the company and also carries out all surveys on a one to one basis with clients.

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