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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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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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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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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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Welsh Heritage

Choosing a contractor in Wales

There may be occasions when you need help to maintain your building. Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service works for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales, but is unable to recommend contractors - so here are a few simple tips to help you choose the right professional advisor, builder or craftsperson.

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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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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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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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What is CompetentRoofer?

CompetentRoofer is the Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England and Wales. The scheme encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties.

Cheap work has hidden cost implications

Your property is one of the most expensive and important things that you can own so risking any building work to unregistered contractors, simply because it is the cheaper option, is false economy.

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SnapIT Aluminium Rainwater Range with NEW stylish ‘Swept’ offsets and bends

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s largest stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, is pleased to introduce an innovative improvement to its already popular, contemporary, SnapIT extruded aluminium rainwater system.

All those who have seen and used SnapIT before have found its contemporary styling, simple ‘bolt-less’ joining guttering and swaged downpipe system an impressive finishing touch to their project. Now the system has been engineered to incorporate an even more stylish finish.

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Ancient Order uses latest solution against rising damp

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, commonly known as Inner Temple, is one of the four professional associations (Inns of Court) for barristers and judges in London. The Temple takes its name from the Military Order of the Knights Templar.

The old Buttery and Crypt date from the 14th century and are the oldest rooms still in use in the Temple. The Buttery, a Grade II* listed building, is also one of the very few 14th century secular stone buildings in Greater London. With an average wall thickness of 2400 mm, the dehydration of these walls was not possible with traditional methods.

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Rosehill Furniture Group complete Three Peaks Challenge for charity

On June 10th, Cheshire based contract furniture specialists, Rosehill Furniture Group, set off to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. Eight courageous Rosehill team members took park in the challenge in aid of The Christie, and Action on Womb Cancer. The ultimate goal was to raise £3,000.

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Edith Cavell's new grave dedicated at Norwich Cathedral

A poignant service was held at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 15 May, when the new grave of executed First World War nurse, Edith Cavell, was blessed and dedicated.

Edith, who was born in Swardeston in Norfolk, was executed by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915, after helping Allied prisoners escape to Holland.

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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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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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Missing waterwheel replaced at Dunster Watermill

Situated on the River Avill the present Dunster Watermill was built around 1780. Milling however has taken place on this site for over 900 years and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The mill is powered by two overshot wheels and is still producing organic flour today. It is currently owned by the National Trust.

Dorothea Restorations started the replacement of the missing waterwheel at Dunster during the winter of 2014/2015. The English Oak staff was selected by hand and machined down to replicate the faceted profile allowing the wedging of the nave at either end.

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Historic England helps Boston build on its past

By raising awareness of Boston's historic significance and encouraging investment in a series of conservation projects, Historic England has helped this Lincolnshire town to capitalise on its past.

Boston reached its zenith in the medieval period when it was the second busiest port in Britain, but decreasing wool exports led to its decline. Although enjoying a revival in the 18th and 19th centuries, by the 20th century the silting of the Haven and a shift in trade routes transformed Boston from international trading hub to remote coastal town.

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Norfolk Conservation aims to turn the tide at seaside town

Popular perceptions of Great Yarmouth are that of a one dimensional, kitsch and deprived seaside holiday resort. Images of low-value amusement parks, gaudy slot arcades, and penurious society are likely to surface. True, Great Yarmouth suffers from economic deprivation and hardship. One can see it in the buildings, street and faces. However, it is also fair to presume that this perception too is deprived and one-dimensional.

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New company that saved Architectural Ceramics Skills scoops Business Award

Architectural terracotta and faience specialist, Darwen Terracotta has triumphed at the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards, winning the Newcomer Award. Finalists were joined by dignitaries, sponsors, judges and supporters at an exclusive black-tie event held at Blackburn Cathedral where the winners were announced and celebrated on stage.

Steve Allan, operations director at Darwen Terracotta, said, “This win is for the whole team and everyone who helped set up the business. It is a massive thank you to all 25 of our staff and their hard work over the last six months so we are really proud.”

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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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