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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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Regeneration Exhibition

UK's leading regeneration event heads for Liverpool

Regen, the 3rd annual free-to-attend Exhibition and Conference for the UK Regeneration Industry, is taking place from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 March 2017 at St George's Hall in Liverpool.

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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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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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Heritage Training

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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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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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Natural Stone

Caring for the nation's natural stone

So much of the continuation of Britain’s built heritage relies upon the conservation and restoration of natural stone buildings. Churches, monuments, town halls and residential properties across the length and breadth of the British Isles all depend upon the skills and expertise of the natural stone industry’s restoration and conservation sector.

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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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CRE Events

CRE goes back to the future

Under new management that looks very familiar, the Christian Resources Exhibition returns to Sandown Park in Surrey next year from October 17-19.

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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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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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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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Heritage East Midlands

In the midst of things – that’s the legacy of the East Midlands

It is perhaps a little-known fact that the region in England we think of the as the loose conglomeration of the East Midlands actually has an official identity: it is one of the regions of the UK recognised by the EU as one of Europe’s Level One “nomenclatures d'unités territoriales statistiques”, or NUTS. Officially, the East Midlands comprises Derbyshire, Leicestershire, most of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

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Heritage East Anglia

England’s very own Far East has a rich and varied heritage

The fenland and broads of the East of England conceal within their mists a history that extends as far as Roman times. Here it was that Essex girl Boudica of the Iceni waged war against the Roman invaders and it was in the fenlands of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk that the Saxons of East Anglia fought the Danes.

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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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New Products Showcase

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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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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.

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Grants for the conservation of clocks - next deadline approaches

The next closing date for ChurchCare Grants for the conservation of clocks is Monday 30 January 2017. All mechanical clocks in anglican churches in England are eligible, including early electro-mechanical clocks.

The project must involve overhaul and repair of the movement and/or dial motionwork. Repair and redecoration of the dial itself is only considered when the dial is ancient and of historical interest and the treatment is conservation-based.

Grant awards under this programme are usually up to £8,000. Details of previous awards can be found in ChurchCare's Annual Report.

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Six fears and myths about the woodcarving industry

After the modernism that followed the war, no one expected we'd see hand-carved ornamentation in our architecture again, writes Master Carver Ian Agrell. Yet here it is. We’re enjoying a resurgence in classical decoration, whether it's a restoration of a 400-year-old church, a brand-new chapel with a Gothic organ case, or a Louis XIV-style library for a billionaire's London penthouse.

Large architectural firms are increasingly winning projects requiring hand-carved woodwork. However, many of these companies—especially those more experienced in modern styles—know little about classical decoration or the ornamentation industry as a whole. They might not know that woodcarving workshops still exist.

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The Leadworker Register - putting skills at the heart of the industry

The Lead Sheet Association has been developing and running successful training and qualification initiatives for many years to help ensure that standards of leadwork are high across the construction industry.

As well as delivering courses at its Training Centre in East Peckham, Kent, the LSA has also been working in collaboration with the Lead Contractors’ Association to set up the Leadworker Register.

Why create a Register?

One of the reasons the LSA felt the creation of the Leadworker Register was important was for many years it has been asked by a range of people to provide details of competent leadworkers. It felt the fairest way to do this was through a Register which is transparent and allows contractors, specifiers, architects and others in the construction industry to find the level of skills needed for the job in hand.

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110 Bespoke terracotta pieces add finishing touches to Wigan Town Hall restoration

As part of the Wigan Town Hall refurbishment, restoration specialists Darwen Terracotta and Faience have manufactured and supplied 110 replacement bespoke terracotta pieces. Designed by local architects Nuttall and Cooke, the grade II listed Town Hall has been part of the street scene since 1867. It has now been restored to its former glory, with the new terracotta elements installed by expert restoration contractors Stone Central (NW) Ltd.

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The York Handmade Brick Company wins prestigious health and safety award

The York Handmade Brick Company, based at Alne, near Easingwold has won a prestigious award for its outstanding health and safety record.

The award, presented by the British Ceramic Confederation, recognises the crucial work that The York Handmade Brick Company has done in enhancing workplace safety over the years.

For the last two decades the family-run company has been fully committed to ‘The Ceramic Industry Health and Safety Pledge’, a bold industry wide promise to engage in a process of continuous improvement in health and safety.

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Another busy year sees heating specialists in action across the country

Christmas worship will be a more comfortable experience for the congregation at St Mary’s Without-the-Walls in Handbridge, Chester. Stoke-on-Trent heating specialists Mellor and Mottram completed the installation of a new system in the 19th-century building at the beginning of November, allowing worshippers time to get used to the new-found warmth before Advent.

The church was built in 1887 to replace the original St Mary’s On-the-Hill, which is now a heritage centre inside the city walls.

The new system comprises two gas boilers from Rinnai, the award-winning manufacturer based in nearby Runcorn. The boilers feed radiators from the Jaga range, featuring low surface temperature for added safety of the congregation.

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Hymnal Plus - the ultimate worship music solution

Hymn Technology Ltd was established in 1995 to market and distribute an American electronic hymn player in the UK. Directors Martin Phelps and Alan Kempster, who between them had amassed over 50 years experience in the organ industry, saw the huge potential for a unit that could accompany congregational singing in the absence of either musician(s) or instrument(s).

The US manufactured product sold well, but it became apparent after a while that churches needed a far more advanced and complete solution to what was clearly becoming a huge problem - the lack of competent musicians in churches up and down the land who were prepared to make the commitment to be available every Sunday.

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No ordinary work of art - architectural ceramics firm skills in demand by the art world

Architectural ceramics specialist, Darwen Terracotta and Faience, was chosen by Charles Holland of commissioned artists Ordinary Architecture to build the artwork Foundation Myths. This pioneering sculpture has been installed at the new Artists’ Garden at the York Art Gallery. The work comprises ten, life-sized, ceramic tree stumps arranged geometrically in two rows to echo the foundations of a former building.

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Spire restoration at St James Church, New Brighton wins King of Prussia Gold Medal

The winner of The King of Prussia Gold Medal was announced by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held at St Mellitus College, London on 3 November 2016.

The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Lloyd Evans Prichard for their work to restore the spire of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s St James Church, New Brighton, Merseyside. St James Church received a £500 prize.

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Custom built sound installation for New Testament Church of God in Willesden

The New Testament of God Church in Willesden commissioned Northamptonshire-based SA Sound Services to handle the audio element of an extensive refurbishment, triggered by the installation of a new wraparound balcony seating around 200 people.

"With a full AV and sound upgrade to carry out, we took the opportunity to put in all the cables at the same time," recalls proprietor Steve Ashley, "all the video cables, and runs of analogue and digital cables for the PA system, all under the floor."

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Lead casting by John Williams & Co

We, at John Williams & Company, offer a bespoke lead casting service. We use traditional moulded sand techniques to create seamless lead plaques and decorative features. If you would like a quotation for a lead casting or just some advice please contact us.

Method of Sand Casting

Stage 1

A template is made in the exact form as the required finished lead feature. Templates can be mafrom any material so long as it is relatively smooth. Sand moulds will take the shape of even the finest of details so if materials such as natural timber are used the mould is likely to also incorporate the grain of the wood in the casting process.

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Crompton & Shaw War Memorial, Oldham

The Crompton & Shaw Memorial was commissioned by the Crompton War Memorial Committee in 1919 and the bronze statue was made to a design by Richard Reginald Goulden. It sits on a granite plinth and depicts a male figure protecting children from marauding creatures. Today the Memorial is Grade II Listed.

Heritage Project Contracts was appointed by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake conservation work to the Memorial. It had been previously restored in the 1970’s when the original dark patina had been removed by abrasive means during treatment. The previous work was beginning to fail with corrosion occurring to the bronze beneath.

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Rainclear Rainwater Systems January Sale

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading online retailer and stockist of metal rainwater systems would like to wish everyone a happy new year in 2017 with an extra 10% off all its rainwater systems.

Rainclear already offer to help with a take-off service from your architect drawings, ensuring you purchase all the right components at the right capacity for your home and the level of rainfall in your location.

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Michelmersh wins the Architect’s Choice Award for Whitty Theatre

On November 10th the Brick Development Association hosted the prestigious 40th Brick Awards ceremony which entailed a special accent of glamour for the ruby celebration that rewards exemplary brick design and construction. Michelmersh had yet another successful year, grasping the accolade of Architect’s Choice award for the Whitty Theatre designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects.

Niamh Cronin, Project Architect at van Heyningen and Haward Architects, said: “The volume of the auditorium at the Whitty Theatre is expressed in brick both externally and internally. We looked at dozens of bricks to find the right colour and texture appropriate for the heritage setting of the School’s grade II listed house as well as a brick that would create a warm and intimate atmosphere within the theatre auditorium. As we could not find a standard brick to meet our requirements, a bespoke Luckley mix from the Freshfield Lane Synthesis range was created especially for the project. The building sits elegantly within its context, and creates a state of the art theatre for students and the local community. It has been a fantastic project to work on, and winning a brick award for the project is an honour to be proud of.”

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Award sponsors have taken the lead in battery recycling

The front cover of our latest issue shows the roof of the London Oratory, the magnificent Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Westminster. The project to reroof the building was the winner of the Lead Contractors Association’s prestigious Murdoch Award in 2013.

Martin UK Roofing Systems Ltd, who carried out the commission, used BS EN 12588 rolled lead from ALM, part of the 2iM Group, which again sponsored this year’s Murdoch Awards to recognise the UK’s very best in leadwork contracting. As a niche competition open only to specialist contractors, the awards highlight restorations on some of the country’s most iconic buildings, and also some of the smaller, less fashionable, but no less detailed projects.

ALM’s rolled lead sheet is now produced using material recovered from car batteries by another 2iM Group company, Envirowales. The group also includes Jamestown Metals Glasgow, Jamestown Resources Dublin and Royston Lead Barnsley.

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Christmas entertaining – be prepared with a Mogo folding table!

At this time of year, you may well be thinking about upcoming gatherings of friends and family, especially if you plan to host a party yourself and cater to a lot more people than you usually would. It’s great to be surrounded by people at Christmas, but how can you possibly get everyone round the dinner table?

Mogo Direct has the perfect solution for you. They offer a range of brilliant value, premium quality folding tables which are ideal for welcoming more guests than usual, at home or at your event venue. Their main range covers plastic, wooden and metal folding tables in all shapes and sizes. Round, square and rectangular designs are available with centre-folding, adjustable legs and other handy features available.

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Lightning strikes Irish church

Image OneKillasmeetia Church has been given protection by LPTG Member in Ireland, ADS & Associates of Co Clare, having been struck by lightning.

Many believe that a simple rod at the top or highest point of a building constitutes a lightning protection system, however this case study illustrates that this is not the case.

The church is located in the middle of Ireland and was struck by lightning a few years ago. However the church did have a lightning rod on the cross (the highest point) at the opposite end of the building to where it was struck.

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Ayreshire leadwork specialists complete new President's golf resort refurbishment

Leadwork specialists Nova Contracts, based in Kilmarnock, have recently finished extensive leadwork improvements to the 5 star Turnberry golf resort owned and operated by new USA President Elect Donald Trump. As part of the 200 million pound refit the company's craftsmen built and installed 94 lead dormers in the accommodation area and replaced 300 sq m of lead cornice-ledge in the hotel's ballroom and hospitality roofing area.

An extensive 18 month refurbishment programme took place and Turnberry re-launched on 1st June 2016 with the redesigned Open Championship golf course, The Ailsa, available for play for the first time. Nova worked in partnership with DM Roofing, who provided tiling, joinery and roughcasting services on the Turnberry project.

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LSA Young Leadworker of the Year 2017 – competition now open

Are you a leadworker under 30 years of age? If so, don’t miss your chance to give your career a boost and gain recognition for your skills. The Lead Sheet Association is launching its search to find the 2017 Young Leadworker of the Year.

The competition is open to leadworkers in the UK – whether you are self-employed or working for a contractor. You just need to be under 30 years of age on the closing date, Friday 24th February 2017.

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Wireless audio solutions by Tourtalk

Tourtalk is a portable short-range wireless system used to transmit an audio message from a presenter to an audience. The presenter speaks into a radio microphone transmitter and the audience use lightweight receivers to hear the message. Tourtalk systems are used by places of worship and heritage sites around the UK and abroad.

As the system is completely portable it requires no installation and can be setup within minutes with no impact to the buildings aesthetics. As the receivers don’t rely on line-of-sight transmission, the system can be used discreetly and cover large areas including balconies. Tourtalk systems are used for many applications including guided tours, hearing support and simultaneous interpretation.

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King of Prussia Gold Medal 2016 - Shortlist

Five projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 King of Prussia Gold Medal church architecture award for repair and conservation work, run by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust.

The winner will be announced by Prince Nicholas von Preussen at a special awards ceremony to be held at St Mellitus college, London SW5 on Thursday 3 November 2016. Also at the awards ceremony, The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA, will announce the 2016 winner of the Presidents' Award for new church architecture.

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