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The restoration of a ruined oast house Print E-mail

The Oast House is a former oast house and heritage asset, which forms part of a complex of former agricultural buildings near the village of Hever in Kent.

Once a derelict ruin located in the curtilage of the Grade II listed Lydens farmhouse, it has been carefully restored and converted by Richard and Jane Horobin into a characterful family home, which blends with the rural landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Seating guidance from ChurchCare Print E-mail

One of the most frequent changes made to churches today will involve seating in some way. Changing seating inside a church can have a significant impact upon the interior. The process of changing furniture, as well as choosing a suitable alternative, requires careful consideration. ChurchCare publish a document intended to guide parishes through the planning stages and the decisions involved.

The decision to remove pews should be made on a case by case basis following careful assessment of significance, needs and impacts. If the decision is taken to replace existing seating in a historic church building, then the Church Buildings Council aspires to seeing replacement chairs or benches of the highest quality of design.

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Calling all northern-based users of rolled lead sheet and hard metals Print E-mail

The LSA is going to be running some half day CPD certified seminars in the North of England this autumn. These lead and hard metal seminars are some of our most popular courses and are aimed at anyone involved in the surveying, specifying or installation of rolled lead sheet/traditional hard metals in the construction industry.

Two venues have been selected, one near Wetherby and one in Wigan, to help cover as wide a catchment area as possible.

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York Handmade provides 30,000 bricks for new chapter in Halifax library’s story Print E-mail

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has provided 30,000 bricks for the new multi-million Central Library and Archives in Halifax, which officially opened on Saturday September 9th.

About 30,000 specially-manufactured bricks make up the walls of the new building.

Every single brick was drawn by hand to ensure the bricks were exactly the right style, shape and colour to blend with the adjacent Grade I listed Piece Hall and the town’s many historic buildings.

Calderdale Council and LDN Architects selected bricks by the York Handmade of Alne, near Easingwold, to ensure an attractive, high-quality façade.

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Tried, tested and repeatedly requested Print E-mail

Fullers Finer Furniture have been making their renowned height adjustable Canterbury and York Lecterns since 2001. Demand for these popular lecterns continues. Fullers Finer Furniture put the continued demand down to a number of factors.

Firstly, the practicality of the lecterns in meeting the need for a piece of furniture which is easily height adjustable, manoeuvrable, can be made to complement any building and has the ability to endure. Each lectern is unique in the choice of wood finish and extras such as logos, panels and crosses.

Fullers Finer Furniture are able to modify and personalise each lectern further, if required. Over the past year modifications have included a lectern with a particularly large monitor, a lectern with a light fitting and a lectern with very specific electrical and audio requirements.

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Timbers show their age, but with a certain polish Print E-mail

AG Podmore Ripon west doorYork restorers and conservators Andrew G Podmore & Son were delighted to be entrusted with the conservation of the great west doors at Ripon Cathedral. The work was carried out under the expert guidance of architect Oliver Caroe.

As with all restoration, it was paramount that the evidence of the timber’s age on the doors’ surface be conserved and this involved careful cleaning of the internal surfaces which can be seen as a matrix frame construction in a harlequin pattern. When the frame was cleaned and the accumulated soot and dust removed, remnants of an original waxed finish were found.

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The heating mastermind finds time for CRE in a busy schedule Print E-mail

The return of CRE to Sandown will be accompanied by an equally welcome return of an exhibitor who has seen as many CRE shows as the racecourse itself.

Stoke-on-Trent heating company Mellor and Mottram are one of the foremost specialist installers of heating systems for churches in the UK. From their origins in the commercial market in the 1970s the company has honed its expertise in the complex church sector to a fine degree.

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Noel Coward telegram found in Agatha Christie Bureau Print E-mail

Cotswolds furniture restorer Clive Payne made a unique discovery whilst restoring an early 18th century bureau which had been bought from the estate of Agatha Christie. The bureau, which had been brought in by a private client, had been sitting in Clive’s workshop for 3 years before he began work on it.

Removing the back from the bureau revealed two folded pieces of paper which were nearly discarded. Glancing at the papers, Clive realised that one was a telegram from Noel Coward to Agatha Christie, dated September 1957, reluctantly congratulating her on The Mousetrap breaking the record for the longest run of a play in the West End.

The bureau dates from approximately 1710 and is walnut veneer on a pine carcass. It features 3 secret drawers and a well, which is probably where the papers were originally filed away for safekeeping.

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Did you know you can now order aluminium coping online from Rainclear? Print E-mail

Skyline from Alumasc offers top of the range roof edge details to suit all designs and budgets. Skyline systems are manufactured from high quality, polyester coated aluminium by a manufacturer with 50 years of product manufacturing experience so you can expect high precision detailing, welding and finishing. 

And NOW you can select and pay for these quality products online from Rainclear Systems the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater and roofline systems.

The Skyline aluminium coping system has a hidden strap fixing method which avoids penetration of the capping, whilst allowing ventilation over the top of the wall. 

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The proud history of church sound specialist and leading ISCE member, Electronic Audio Systems Ltd Print E-mail

Electronic Audio Systems Ltd has a long, proud and successful history since it was formed by Mr Eric Sawkins in 1988 and has hundreds of church sound system installations, mainly in London and the home counties.

Prior to the birth of the company, Eric had served an electronics engineering apprenticeship with Marconi at Chelmsford and then worked for various UK public address manufacturers and designers.

Meanwhile, after leaving school, Brian Latham served an apprenticeship with the GPO (now BT) and worked for them for 13 years.

Eric always supported the various Trade Associations that have represented the UK industry that he served. In the mid 1980s Eric was a board member of the Association of Public Address Engineers, as was Brian Latham.

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Precision made, premium quality, handmade bricks by Charnwood Print E-mail

Known as the UK’s largest producer of traditionally handmade bricks and specials, produced from its manufacturing base in Leicestershire, Charnwood combines the highest durability characteristics with the ability to tailor bespoke products to your exact specification to produce a premier finish. Two recent unique projects have used quality, premium Charnwood products to form inspiring architecture that encompass distinctive designs.

Stepping Stone House, in Hurley, is a 150sqm multi-room garden house extension located in the grounds of Hurley Manor House. Shortlisted for a RIBA South Regional 2017 Award, architecture practice ‘Hamish and Lyons’ has accomplished a beautiful design, which seeks to embrace the essence of nature using organic structure, natural materials and daylight.

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Historic church rises from the ashes Print E-mail

In March 2010 arsonists torched the historic 19th century St Mary’s Church at Westry in Cambridgeshire, leaving it almost completely destroyed with only the four main walls left standing.

Its road to recovery was long and at times uncertain. Indeed it took much fundraising just to enable the church to properly assess the damage. From there detailed plans were developed and the necessary permissions sought before the restoration was finally able to take place.

To ensure the church was returned to its former glory it was imperative that the restoration was carried out using the correct traditional building materials.

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WES+ wireless fire alarm system gives maximum protection during building work Print E-mail

The danger of fire in ecclesiastical and other heritage buildings becomes particularly acute when building or refurbishment work is being undertaken. A major concern is that most building work in churches is undertaken while it remains fully functioning. In those situations, not having a fully compliant fire alarm system can result in unnecessary risks to the congregation and other building users.

Paul Henson, sales and marketing director at Ramtech Electronics, explained: “Fire in our ecclesiastical and heritage buildings is an ever-present danger. These types of structures are particularly vulnerable during refurbishments or new build work due to the presence of flammable materials and hot works.”

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