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Have you seen the Little Red Book?

Caring for Places of Worship

Date

7 March 2011

Last summer, English Heritage launched its Caring for Places of Worship campaign. With the help of Ecclesiastical Insurance, it sent copies of a free, practical booklet to more than 30,000 places of worship all over England.

The booklets, which are A5 size, bright red and contain a dvd, were mostly sent to the people on the mailing lists of Ecclesiastical, Methodist and Baptist Insurance companies who deal with insuring their local church, chapel or other place of worship. These people were asked to share the booklet with their PCC or congregation.

So, if you haven't seen one, ask the person who does the insurance and if they don't have a copy, contact English Heritage Customer Services to be sent another.

Tel: 0870 3331181

Email: customer@english-heritage.org.uk

Website: Download a copy

It could make all the difference to how you  look after and use  your own building - 28%  of those who've  read it said they'd already made or planned new things because of the ideas in Caring for Places of Worship. Others are working towards bigger changes.

Congregations tell us the most useful sections are those on improving maintenance, opening the building to more visitors, widening community use, fundraising and making the building more secure.

Dr Brad Poulson of St Margaret's Church, Owthorpe in Nottinghamshire, said: "I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for putting together such an insightful and sympathetic guide. As a PCC member at the heart of our Grade II* village church restoration activity, I recognise many of the emotions that were so evident on the DVD."

Christopher Walton, President of the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, said: "It brilliantly encapsulates all the data and strands which the county trusts have been working on piecemeal up to now and will an invaluable tool for the future."

Get the little red book, get a group of people together to talk about it and get going!

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For further press information, please contact:

Beth McHattie, English Heritage Communications

020 7973 3250

beth.mchattie@english-heritage.org.uk

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