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South West Update August 2016

Training and events diary

Ride, Stride, and Open Doors Hundreds of churches will be encouraging visitors during the annual Ride & Stride fund-raising event. Ride And Stride Near You gives details of open days near you. In Wales, CADW’s Open Doors events in September likewise give opportunities to visit buildings and view treasures that are not always accessible. The churches in our Co-op Mini area, the Rhondda Valley (announced in the last SW Update) are joining in. Find out more
Planning a major repair or re-ordering project? Do you want to make changes to improve the use of your church, chapel or meeting house? Is your congregation developing a vision to engage your community? Bidding for Success is a one-day course organised by the National Churches Trust in Wareham, Dorset on Friday 30 September will help you set out your vision to potential funders and the wider public. Speakers from the Heritage Lottery Fund will lead practical sessions explaining grant options and teach you how to develop strong bids. The event is free if you book during August (token donation invited towards refreshments and lunch). Details
Meeting place for South West volunteers Hidden Gems is the theme for the Churches Conservation Trust volunteer event on Wednesday 5 October 2016 in central Bristol. The day at the Grand Hotel gives West of England church volunteers the chance to meet each other. Speakers include Charles Curnock, Director of the Bath Abbey Footprint project, and John Vigar, an ecclesiologist (expert on church buildings). Find out more and book (free) on 0117 929 1766.


Conservation Cleaning

The latest technical note on our project website is all about looking after the interior of a place of worship and its contents. The note offers advice on how to look after a range of materials and finishes and suggests acceptable cleaning methods. Download the briefing On which note: we are thinking of organising a day course in the South West on looking after the objects in your building including decoration and monuments. It would be in Bath this autumn but before we commit we’d like to check the suitability of the venue. We know there is a demand for the training – but would you come to central Bath given its legendary expensive parking? (The venue is on a good bus route from the station!) Email back your answer.

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Who are you?

Our funders would really like to know who our volunteers and supporters are in terms of demography: age, gender, ethnicity, ability so we have created a very short online survey to collect information on this anonymously.There are just 4 questions and your answers to them will be completely confidential. So please do fill it in if you have a moment.

Demystifying ‘Faculty’

The ChurchCare website – always a wonderful resource – has information on the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules for the Anglican churches that came into force at the beginning of 2016. Find out more. The Bloomsbury Press has published Changing Churches: a practical guide to the Faculty System by Dr Charles Mynors – a handbook to guide you through the same process.

Bats A day conference in Coventry last May produced a wealth of information on bats. Hosted by Natural England, Historic England, The Church of England, the Bat Conservation Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust, the event aimed to share new developments in understanding the management of bats and tools being developed to help with this issue. Download videos and transcripts of sessions
What is the point of church buildings? A short, readable and thought-provoking article with this title has come our way via the Windermere Centre (United Reformed Church). Clifford Patten uses the words commodity, firmness and delight – to answer the question in way that is entirely relevant to the 21st century. We would be happy to share the article – just email back for a copy.

Maintenance Co-ops annual conference

Booking is now open for our annual conference in London on Monday 3 October.  The conference is free, including all workshops and catering, and volunteers from Co-ops can apply for a travel and accommodation bursary. It’s a chance to learn from the experience of other volunteers in active Maintenance Co-ops, get one-to-one advice from our technical team, attend free workshops on conservation and maintenance, hear what’s going to happen next and (of course) meet other volunteers and heritage and conservation professionals in a very pleasant setting. Book now on Eventbrite – and please book soon because the event will be very popular!
We will be making a short film about the project and this annual conference will  give us a wonderful opportunity to interview some volunteers for the film. Would you be willing to say a few words to camera? If so, please email back to let us know.

Grants for security

The Home Office has announced bidding for grants under the Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme to provide protective security measures for places of worship in England and Wales. Bids for funding can be made until 20 September and there will be a second round next year. Find out more

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Contact us

To find out more about the SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project in South West England, please contact Judith Eversley, Regional Project Officer. Email: Phone: 07776 185 668.

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