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Each year, the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association (EASA) gives awards for recent or current work on churches and chapels - The King of Prussia’s Gold Medal Award and The Presidents Award – and these competitions are now open for entries.
The prestigious King of Prussia’s Gold Medal Award is awarded each year for a scheme of church repair which is judged to have most successfully overcome the greatest aesthetic or technical challenge. The competition is open to the architect or chartered surveyor of any scheme of repair to a church or chapel in use for regular worship over one hundred years old. The scheme will have been funded by a grant and / or loan from the National Churches Trust or the Incorporated Church Building Society, or would have been eligible for such a grant or loan and been completed within the last three years.
The Presidents Award is for new work undertaken for the enhancement of Christian worship. Eligible work will be re-ordering schemes, alterations and extensions including new churches. The Award goes to the designer, not the practice, and the ICBS Chalice and Paten are lent to the winning parish to be held by them for the next year.
The closing date for entries for these awards is 4 October 2011 and entry forms can be downloaded from the EASA website or obtained from: The Secretary, Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association, John Bailey at Thomas Ford & Partners, 177, Kirkdale, London, SE26 4QH.
The National Churches Trust is supporting an event organised by Inspired North East, the project supporting local congregations in the North East undertaking church development projects, on how to set up and run a successful Church Friends' scheme.
‘Friends’ groups support churches, demonstrate community involvement and provide additional funds for church buildings. The recently-published National Churches Trust Survey found that there are a significant number of Friends’ groups in existence, with thousands of people involved, of whom typically more than half are not members of the local congregation. The average Friends' group raises over £2,000 per year towards the care of church buildings.
The workshop will be led by Rhodri Evans, our National Support Officer, and the session will explain options and best practice. The event is on Monday 4th July 6.00-8.00pm at St George’s Church, Jesmond, which has a well established Friends' scheme. There is no charge to attend, but prior booking is essential – more details can be found on the Inspired North East website.
The new annual English Heritage Angel Awards have been created to mark the efforts of local people in rescuing heritage, and one of the four categories in the new awards is for the best rescue or repair of a listed place of worship. The Angel awards are supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who will judge the entries alongside Melvyn Bragg, Charles Moore of the Daily Telegraph and English Heritage Chief Executive Simon Thurley. The awards will be presented at the Palace Theatre in the West End in autumn 2011.
To be eligible for an English Heritage Angel Award, applicants must be a group or individual who has rescued or is involved in rescuing a heritage site that has been included on English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk Register between 2008 and 2010; or is eligible for inclusion on the Register; and the rescue must have been completed since 2008 or be currently well under way. The closing date for entries is 12 August 2011, and full details, including how to apply can be found on the English Heritage website here.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has also generously contributed £1million to a new Challenge Fund. The donation, matched by English Heritage, will form a new scheme to be administered by Architectural Heritage Fund to support projects taking on building at risk. It will take the form of grants available voluntary sector groups such as Building Preservation Trusts, Civic Societies, Development and Groundwork Trusts.
The launch of the 1711 Walk is almost upon us. At 9am this Sunday 12 June, the first 1711 walkers will set off from the church of St Alfege in Greenwich to mark the exact 300th anniversary of Queen Anne’s Act for Building Fifty New Churches. We’re delighted that The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Lord Lloyd Webber are both supporting the project.
The Mayor has expressed his support for 1711 Walk, saying: “The concept to walk and link 12 churches in London is a brilliant idea and I hope it is a great success. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest good wishes to all connected with 1711 Walk”. Andrew Lloyd Webber is an enthusiastic campaigner for greater awareness of some of the unsung riches of British church architecture. Of Queen Anne’s 1711 Act, Lord Lloyd Webber says: “Very few people realise what a huge church building project (this) started. The 1711 Walk project is a wonderful way of both bringing to life a bit of history and also providing the opportunity to see some of the wonderful churches built at that time.”
A big thank you to those who have already donated to our appeal to support the preservation of these magnificent churches. If you would like to join in donating to our 1711 Fund please visit the JustGiving page or send your cheques made payable to the National Churches Trust and clearly marked for the 1711 Fund.
We wish all of the 1711 Walkers the best of luck on Sunday and thank all those donating to this important appeal!