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SPAB invites entries for the 2010 John Betjeman Award.

Jordans Friends Meeting House


15 December 2009

Entries are invited now for SPAB's (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) prestigious, John Betjeman Award for outstanding repairs to the fabric of buildings in use as churches and chapels in England and Wales. The closing date for entries is 26th February 2010.

The award, offered annually by Britain's oldest heritage charity, is designed to celebrate excellence and reward the highest level of conservation craftsmanship. Projects completed in the last 18 months are eligible for consideration. Importantly, the award is always made to a building rather than to an individual or individuals - so this is a chance for parishes and congregations of all denominations to highlight the quality of work completed in their church or chapel.

In 2009 the SPAB Betjeman Award was presented to Jordans Meeting house in Buckinghamshire, one of the finest surviving Quaker meeting houses of the late 17th century. This was painstakingly repaired by conservation architect Andrew Townsend and his team after suffering from a devasting fire in 2005.

For further details of the award and entry conditions go to the education section of the SPAB website.

For further press information please call SPAB head office on 0207 377 1644.

Kate Griffin - SPAB Press Office

0207 456 0905 (on leave from December 16 to Jan 4)

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