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Faith in Maintenance launches!

Free practical courses for the volunteers who care for some of the country's most significant buildings.

Maintenance Co-operative Movement wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

An ambitious scheme to create a network of informed community groups dedicated to the care and repair of historic buildings used as places of worship has been given the green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The aim of The Maintenance Co-operative Movement is to connect, encourage and support the army of volunteers across the country who are largely responsible for the up-keep of some of our most beautiful and significant local landmarks.

Caring for Historic Graveyard and Cemetery Monuments

New technical guidance has been published for the conservation of monuments, memorials and sculptural elements within churchyards, burial grounds, or cemeteries.

A snapshot of English parish churches

An inspirational video to mark 15 years of the Digital Atlas of England Project has been released. The aim of the project is to photographically record in detail all of the rural parish churches in England.

Church maintenance scheme launches in Suffolk.

Launched this month, Elix is a new diocesan-wide, multi-denominational church maintenance scheme and is proving very popular.

SPAB invites entries for the 2010 John Betjeman Award.

The SPAB would like to hear about projects that demonstrate excellence in the repair of working churches and chapels in England and Wales. The closing date for entries is 26th February 2010.

Save the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme campaign.

A campaign to extend the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme has been launched.

Prestigious European Heritage Award for Faith in Maintenance.

SPAB’s pioneering project is among 29 ‘laureates’ for The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2010.

Faith in Maintenance reaches 650 volunteers in first six months.

These one-day events, held at locations throughout the country, are specifically designed to enable volunteers to look after their buildings better.

First ever national church survey launches.

The National Churches Trust is launching a survey of the churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK, the first of its kind.

100 courses, 3000 trained volunteers and a major award - three reasons to celebrate!

Faith in Maintenance (FiM), a unique British scheme to provide free training for volunteers from all faith communities who care for significant, historic buildings as their place of worship has three reasons to celebrate next week. As well as running its landmark 100th course - taking the total of people trained to 3000 - FiM will officially receive a major European cultural heritage award at a ceremony in London.

Have you seen the Little Red Book?

English Heritage urges congregations to use their free Practical Guide.

Faith in Maintenance produces free DVDs for volunteers.

The Faith in Maintenance team have begun distributing 30,000 free DVDs to religious groups across the country this month to help them look after their historic places of worship.

Older buildings increasingly important to the future of bats.

The National Trust is warning that a loss of natural roost sites for bats means that they have become increasingly dependent on historic and traditional buildings for both their winter and summer roosts.

Government releases new report on funding for faith buildings.

The Government and the Church of England have published guidelines to help all religious groups overcome the 'squeamishness' they can encounter from funding providers.

English Heritage warns that Conservation Areas are at risk!

English Heritage launches a new campaign to reveal how many of England’s 9,300 Conservation Areas are at risk and from what. The results of the survey will be published in their Heritage at Risk Register on 23rd June.

Apply to be an Angel!

The search is on to find winners for this year’s English Heritage Angel Awards, the annual competition backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their heritage. So step into the limelight, apply yourself, on behalf of a group or nominate others!

Faith in Maintenance courses to continue

The SPAB is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from English Heritage to allow the award-winning Faith in Maintenance courses to continue for a further two years.

Community Grants from the National Churches Trust

In 2012-2013 the National Churches Trust is administering a grant on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support community projects. The scheme is now open for applications for funding from listed places of worship not in the care of the Church of England, which are in a position to claim a grant by March 2013.