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Claire Strachan

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 Church items wanted and available

The December edition of the Central Contents Register has now been published, listing items that Church of England churches around the country are looking to acquire or find new homes for. If you are interested in any item please simply contact the person named in the entry directly. If you would like to add an item please get in touch with Vivienne Chick whose contact details are in the cover letter.Don't forget that faculty permission is required for any acquisition or disposal (the DAC office will of course be happy to assist with this).Also attached is a list of useful contacts and suppliers in the world of church contents and furnishing.

Claire Strachan
 Bodley screen available for relocation

The church at Penshurst (Diocese of Rochester) has permission to remove its Bodley screen if a new home is found and agreed to by the Chancellor. Attempts to find a new home have not yet been successful. If you are interested in accommodating what is said to be Bodley’s ‘best’ screen, please contact Sarah Anderson (DAC Secretary) on the email address below.

  Email:      sarah.anderson@rochester.anglican.org

Claire Strachan
 Feedback wanted on grant applications - HRBA

The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance are collecting information about people's recent experiences applying for grants for churches and other places of worship, whether or not they were successful. They want to understand what is going well and what is going less well, especially where people's experience might generalise to other applicants. If you would like to share your experience, anonymously if you'd prefer, please contact Trevor Cooper on the email address below.

  Email:      hrbchair@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Claire Strachan
 Stir to Action - resources for churches

Churches looking to be part of transforming their local economy can find a range of practical support and ideas from the community development organisation, Stir to Action. Information on community engagement, community ownership, setting up a co-operative, a social enterprise or just a community space. They have also just launched a programme of workshops in London, Bristol & Oxford on a range of topics including community ownership, setting up co-operatives, community organising and running a crowdfunding campaign. Please visit the weblink below for more details.

  Website:  www.stirtoaction.com/toolbox

Claire Strachan
 John Betjeman Award for building repairs

Entries are invited for the SPAB’s John Betjeman Award 2019. The Award celebrates excellence in conservation & repair projects at places of worship in England and Wales. It recognises the highest standards of craftsmanship used in carrying out those projects. The Award is made for repair or conservation of fabric, fittings or furnishings carried out in the last 18 months at an historic church, chapel or other faith building which remains in use for worship. The closing date for entries is 26 February 2019.

For more information please follow the weblink below.

  Website:  www.spab.org.uk/about-us/awards/john-betjeman-award