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Church Loop Systems

Audio Frequency Induction Loops - The Law has changed

In the UK public venues such as churches MUST have a standards compliant Audio Frequency Induction Loop fitted - by law.

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Back Issues

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Back Issues

Historic Buildings

How clients can benefit from Institute’s standards

One of the most important resources for those looking for specialist advice in the field of historic building conservation is the Historic Environment Service Provider’s Recognition (HESPR) scheme, part of the trading arm of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

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Master Carvers

Carving out an enviable reputation

The Master Carvers Association was founded in 1897 as an employers association, by a number of companies who employed carvers, to enable national negotiations with the emerging unions.

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Lightning Protection

Inspect and Protect with ATLAS

Lightning protection is widely used within the corporate sector but many churches and heritage buildings are unaware of the need for specialist lightning protection.

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Memorial Masons

A memorial should be a fitting tribute

Erecting a lasting memorial is the final service we can perform for a loved one when they have deceased and we put a great deal of care into choosing the right one.

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Skills for the future to safeguard the past

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World have a selection of heritage training providers listed within our online directory offering a wide range of courses.

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ISCE

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Promoting technical excellence

ISCE is a specialist Learned Society and professional body for sound and communications engineers. Founded in 1948, it is an entirely independent Institute, run by a Council elected by its members. Members maintain a code of conduct in professional activities, embodying high ethical standards and concern for the environmental and sociological impacts of professional activities.

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FTMRC

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Yorkshire Heritage

Craftmanship flourishes in ancient York - and throughout the remarkable county

The massive presence of the tower atop York Minster dominates the skyline far beyond the borders of that ancient city. It forms the centre of a diocese that encompasses what used to be by far the largest county in England and once included counties across the Pennines and as far as the Cheviots.

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Lead Contractors

Setting the standards for leadwork

Contractors wishing to join the LCA must submit three examples of their work to be assessed by a nominated LCA vetting officer, normally a member of Council. The design and application skills viewed on site will be graded and a subsequent recommendation made to the Chairman of the Vetting Committee, who will then report to Council.

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CRE Events

CRE - building on strong foundations

'I will build my church' is the main theme of this year's CRE International - Christian Resources Exhibition's mega-show in London. Whether a church is, indeed, mega or mini, members from all types come to CRE. As organisers the Bible Society point out, size is no issue as far as God is concerned - he wants the best for all of them.

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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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Think Brick

Proven reliability over the centuries

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.

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Antique Restoration

Nearly four decades of maintaining standards

For nearly four decades BAFRA has been ensuring that the heritage of antique furniture can be dealt with by the qualified, experienced and skilled craftsmen who have achieved accredited status within the organisation.

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Traditional Lime

Ancient building material still has many uses

One of the universal building materials prior to the end of the 19th century was lime. Lime was present in various forms in almost every building, from limewash on the walls of cattle byres and cottages to the mortar used on cathedral and castle walls.

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Conservation Principles

Conservation principles for heritage forged and cast ironwork

Using the NHIG Conservation Principles will help ensure high standards and appropriately carried out work.

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New Products Showcase

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Product Showcase

New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Fire Doors

Fire Doors in Church and Heritage Buildings

The introduction of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 re-emphasised the need for adequate fire safety measures in older buildings and those of special interest.

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Master Craftsmen

The ‘resistance army’ that is fighting to preserve traditional craft skills

According to English Heritage, on average one historic building or monument has been destroyed every day since 1945. That fact has been accompanied by a fall in local authority heritage restoration budgets of 8% over the past eight years. These are worrying statistics, but perhaps the tide is turning as people are beginning to care more about our nation’s heritage.

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North Cornwall chapel gets 55" Smart Screen and new sound system

South-West based Kernow Installations Limited have just completed an audio-visual installation in a renovated chapel in Wadebridge which has now become the new home for R.J. Bray Funeral Directors.

The installation required a stylish architecturally sensitive audio visual system for both the chapel used for services and the overflow room on the first floor. A 55″ Smart screen shows an HD quality image of service proceedings downstairs via a Dahua eyeball camera.

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Traditional ironworker boosts sales through launch of online store

A traditional craft business which uses artisan tools and techniques dating back thousands of years has launched its own online shop.

Nigel Tyas Ironworks, which still fires and works metal following the same principles developed in the Iron Age, has embraced e-commerce and digital marketing to reach more customers and boost trade.

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Authentic decorating for castles, churches and stately homes

The team from Mark Galley Decorators Ltd are pictured applying their expertise at the prestigious Mingary Castle restoration project which features in the current issue of Ecclesiastical and Heritage World. The Bradford-based company are one of the most accomplished decorating contractors in the country and are particularly skilled in the sympathetic restoration of listed buildings and heritage sites.

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Victorian orangery at Holywell Park restored by Dorothea Restorations

Holywell Park dates back to medieval times and in 2013 Ipswich Council received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Park. Some of this was used to restore the Grade II listed Victorian orangery which had been boarded up for many years.

Dorothea Restorations undertook the restoration of all timberwork, wrought iron and the reinstatement of historic crown glass within the structure.

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Cornish talent shines through as Tim Fuge scoops Young Leadworker of the Year at the UK Roofing Awards 2016
 Tim Fuge, a self-employed leadworker from Liskeard, Cornwall was crowned Young Leadworker of the Year 2016 at a prestigious ceremony in Central London on 13th May. The competition, now in it fifth year and run by the Lead Sheet Association, is open to leadworkers around the UK under 30 years of age.
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The advantages of steel over plastic are becoming increasingly obvious

In an industry often driven by price Rainclear Systems, online retailer and the UK’s leading distributor of metal guttering and downpipe products, has not compromised on quality.

In contrast to inferior and less eco-friendly PVCu the Galvanised steel rainwater system supplied by Rainclear is highly durable, made from a high percentage of recycled metal and 100% recyclable at end of life.

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War Art framed and displayed

Nicole Wall, of Southampton based picture framers We Frame It, was recently approached to undertake an unusual project to frame a rare painting created during the second world war. Nicole takes up the story:

"I do have some challenging items brought in by customers from time to time and none more so then this large piece of War Art dating from 1938. It was a cartoon of my customer’s father leaving his horse regiment in Palestine to join the newly formed tank regiment in Europe.

"The picture was unusual as it had been painted on paper used to line ammunition boxes and as such had a central core of tar impregnated coconut fibres. It was extremely brittle and had been stored rolled up in various attics over the years. Still, the artwork remained very clear and the customer now wanted it framed and displayed on the wall.

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The end of the pew? How stacking chairs and seating are favoured in churches today

For the first 1500 years of the Church’s life, pews were extremely rare. In most medieval Churches for example, people stood or sat on the floor with only a narrow bench around the edge of the building for eating. Some Churches never even got around to installing pews and in Eastern Orthodox Churches in Russia and Greece worshippers still stand today!

Pews render the space in Churches virtually unusable for anything other than two hour long events a week. A recent survey found that pews effectively exclude 90% of people who are not regular attendees of services.

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Church gutters - the do’s and don’ts

The problem with most church gutters is that they are hard to get to, they were often under-designed in the first place, and there isn't the money or able bodied volunteers around to clear them out.

Dr Malcolm Wearing BEng PhD CEng MICE MCIWEM, a consultant at CRM Rainwater Drainage Consultancy Ltd, is particularly aware of these challenges, as aside from his professional life, he is involved in the leadership of a team of churches with two listed buildings and another two Victorian buildings with significant challenges.

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Heritage Watch is coming to York

The inaugural meeting of York Heritage Watch was held at the Stained Glass Centre at St Martin Cum Gregory Church, Micklegate, York on Thursday 18th February. The meeting was chaired by Trace-in-Metal managing director John Minary, and was co-hosted by Police Community Support Officer Kayleigh Rae of North Yorkshire Police, York City Centre Policing Team.

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The Mary Mags Project

Twenty years ago St. Mary Magdalene’s was in a sorry state, as the vast building was decaying visibly and its maintenance was well beyond the resources of the small congregation. The Archdeacon of Charing Cross, Dr Bill Jacob, was the consistent presence over the intervening years as with others he sought solutions to the conundrum of what to do with an outstandingly beautiful and important church now anomalously situated on a very un-Anglican council estate (widely perceived as dangerous) and with other churches with better facilities close by.

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Electronic gates give extra security for church and heritage properties

Lancashire based TSB Ironcraft, who have been making quality wrought iron gates since 1990, can also install electronic systems for both swing gates and sliding gates to give extra security to church and heritage properties. All the systems they install come with a full two year warranty, subject to service.

The kits for swing gates come in two types. With the underground kit, the motor is fitted in a galvanized box and then concreted in and then the gate is welded to a shoe and hung from the top hinge. With the 'ARM' kit, you can have a normal pair of gates that have been hung in the usual way, then the arms are fixed behind the pillars and a bracket welded to the gate.

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How to repair Cast Iron Guttering

Rainclear Systems has been in the business of providing customers with high quality Cast Iron Rainwater products and a high quality of advice and service for over 10 years and are often asked how to cut or drill Cast Iron Guttering.

Traditional Cast Iron Guttering was chosen for its durability as well as beauty. But this toughness, that makes it last 100+ years, does not make it hard to work with. The system is made of components so, though it is still often a two man job to install, the components can be replaced as needed, while others can often be renovated, restored and reinstated.

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UK Roofing Awards 2016 - winners revealed

The winners of the UK Roofing Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by BBC’s Steph McGovern at the Hilton London Metropole on Friday 13th May 2016.

The winners are:

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Protect your church and heritage property permanently with wireless alarms and CCTV

Based in Sheffield, Scaff Security Alarms Ltd can offer permanent battery powered, wireless monitored CCTV protection for churches and heritage properties nationwide. The company is listed on the National Churches Trust Trades Directory and use Ecclesiastical approved equipment.

Indeed, with over 20 years experience and access to the latest security products, Scaff Security are well placed in the security industry to provide protection for both churches and other heritage properties.

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The Aquapol masonry dehydration system - a lasting solution against rising damp

The Aquapol masonry dehydration system is the latest development in wall drying technology. Its main area of application is the dehydration of buildings affected by rising damp.

The heart of the system is a small, lampshade-like device which is installed onto the ceiling. The device uses wireless technology to dry out the walls.

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Church furnishing specialist Rosehill aim to raise £3,000 to support fight against cancer

This June a team of 9 adventurous, courageous and tenacious individuals from Rosehill Furniture Group shall attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for two very special charity causes that are close to our hearts.

Help them in their quest to complete the challenge and raise an amazing £3000 in aid of The Christie and Action on Womb Cancer. The funds raised will be split equally between the two charities so please support the challenge and give generously.

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Regeneration of Grade II listed estate shortlisted for Roofing Awards 2016

Last December saw the completion of the regeneration scheme at the Byker Wall Estate in Newcastle and the project has been shortlisted for the Roofing Awards 2016 in the Solar category.

Work first started in block stages in August 2014, to the Grade II listed estate that was formed in the late 1960s, replacing the former Victorian housing. The community benefitted from major investment in the estate made by the Byker Community Trust.

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Ancient Highland seat prepares for new occupants

A three-year restoration programme is reaching its conclusion at the historic Mingary Castle on the west coast of Scotland.

Mingary Castle stands by the sea a mile or so to the east of the village of Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula – the most westerly village on Great Britain. It is a castle with a long and rich history, the seat of the Clan MacIain, a sept of Clan MacDonald and once one of the most powerful clans along the western coast of Scotland.

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Rainclear Introduce Dflow – a deeper aluminium gutter - better in wetter weather

As Britain braces itself for more of the unpredictable weather conditions experienced in recent years, Rainclear has responded by adding NEW Dflow to its comprehensive and high quality rainwater systems.

Dflow is a higher capacity, deeper, beaded half round extruded aluminium gutter, available in a 125 x 100mm size, to suit either traditional or modern buildings in areas and conditions of higher rainfall.

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Phil Price appointed President of ISCE

At the recent AGM of the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) Phil Price MInstSCE was appointed President for a term of three years, taking over from Tony Smith.

At the same time, Helen Goddard FInstSCE, managing director of AMS Acoustics (below), was appointed Vice-President.

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