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61 Years Saving Churches

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We’re 61 years young today!  Pretty good for a charity formed in defiance by Ivor Bulmer Thomas at the decision of the then Redundant Churches Fund to turn away churches …

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‘Bat Training’ at Castlemartin

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Castlemartin* church in Pembrokeshire is special for many reasons – but perhaps the most unusual is the important role it plays in ‘bat training’.   The church is home to at …

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Ballidon, Derbyshire

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All Saints’, Ballidon can be tricky to find – and to interpret! Through the gap in a wall, which leads to a path and then to the church – a …

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Rhoscrowther – Wind Farm Refused

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Good news for Rhoscrowther church this week as a proposal for five, 100 metre high, wind turbines overlooking the church (which would have caused substantial harm to its setting) has …

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Our HLF Consultation Response

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Earlier this year, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) launched a public consultation to inform its Strategic Funding Framework for the next five years. The consultation focuses on HLF’s role, vision …

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Goodbye to Matthew

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In March 2018 our Director Matthew Saunders retired after 27 years as Director of the Friends, and 41 years as Secretary of our sister charity, the Ancient Monuments Society.  It …

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Churchyard Poet in Residence

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Lightcliffe St Matthew near Halifax in West Yorkshire is the very first our churches to have a poet in residence in the churchyard!  Since Spring 2017 the Yorkshire poet Bob …