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Claire Strachan
 FREE Online toolkit for church building projects

On the 3rd November the fully-revised & expanded Crossing the Threshold toolkit was launched, offering a step-by-step guide to managing a church building project.

First created by the Diocese of Hereford in 2009, this newly updated resource is packed with 268 pages of advice, hints & tips for any group taking a community development approach towards adapting a church building for wider community use, while balancing the needs of existing worshippers.

This is a FREE resource available for anyone to download. It covers preparing, developing & delivering your project & is invaluable for all parishes undertaking big projects!

  Website:  www.hereford.anglican.org/Crossingthethresholdtoolkit/

Claire Strachan
 Help for those applying for Heritage Lottery Funding

The HLF has updated its advice for places of worship following its recent changes. This can be found by clicking on the weblink below. Most HLF Regions are holding training sessions for applicants. If you are not getting notification of these please contact your regional HLF team and ask.

  Website:  www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/what-we-fund/buildings-and-monuments/places-worship

Claire Strachan
 Stained Glass window competition - site required

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers is looking for a site, ideally in the Midlands or the North, for a competition for a new stained glass window. Each year it runs the Stevens Competition to encourage new stained glass artists. They are invited to design a window according to a detailed brief and to submit a sample panel. Entries are judged by a group of stained glass experts and the winners receive cash prizes. The Company seeks to locate a window which the sponsor is intending to install. The benefit to the client is that they have a wide range of designs presented to them at no cost to themselves. Contact Michael Holman for more details.

  Email:      michael.holman12@btinternet.com

Claire Strachan
 NCT Maintenance Grants

The National Churches Trust are running a pilot grant scheme in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering awards of between £500 and £3,000 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £1,000 and £10,000.

Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs and to have obtained two quotes for the works.

For more information please follow the link

  Website:  www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/maintenance-grants

Claire Strachan
 Association of Festival Churches annual gathering

The Association of Festival Churches working with the Diocese of Oxford invites you to its annual gathering. This will be an opportunity to hear about the work of Festival churches nationally, and to think through some of the issues facing the rural church and the future of rural buildings.

Date: 30th November 2017
Venue: St Mary Magdalene Woodstock (Oxford Diocese)
Cost: £15 including lunch

There is an opportunity to walk in Blenheim Palace Park at lunchtime at no cost.

All welcome!

For further details and to book please follow the weblink below.

  Website:  www.eventbrite.com/e/association-of-festival-churches-annual-meeting-tickets-38494023661