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Appreciating the Ecclesiastical Heritage of Limavady

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APPRECIATING THE
ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE
OF
LIMAVADY

Thursday 28 September 2017


The Ulster Historic Churches Trust exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance and has run several seminars and conferences over many years. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown, Derry/Londonderry, Armagh, Enniskillen and Knock, Belfast. In 2012 a major publication ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’ was launched.

This latest event run in collaboration with Limavady Churches involves both a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of Limavady's ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations. We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful. Limavady is a handsome town with a number of fine places of worship. For this event we will visit four churches and pause outside two as time will not permit us to call at more.

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.

The walking tour includes the following churches: St Mary's Catholic Church, Limavady Methodist Church, Drumachose CoI Church and Drumachose Presbyterian Church. There will also be a stop outside 2nd Limavady and 1st Limavady Presbyterian churches.

Programme:
2.00pm Tour begins at St Mary’s Catholic Church (parking available)
2.45pm Limavady Methodist Church
3.00pm Stop outside 2nd Limavady Presbyterian Church
3.15pm Park at Drumachose Church of Ireland
3.30pm Drumachose Presbyterian Church (stop at 1st Presbyterian)
4.30pm Drumachose Church of Ireland
5.30pm Refreshments (Drumachose Church of Ireland)
6.30pm Address by Manus Deery,
Assistant Director, Historic Environment Division
(If you are unable to join us for the walkabout, then please feel free to join us at Drumachose CoI at 5.30pm)
Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale
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APPRECIATING THE ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE OF LIMAVADY

□ members of my church/organisation will attend this event on Thurs 28 Sept
Name: _____________________________________________________________
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The National Churches Trust Partnership Grants Programme 2017 is now open for applications from Northern Ireland

The Partnership Grants programme offers grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects, usually costing under £100,000 (incl. VAT and fees), or the installation of kitchen and toilets, usually costing under £25,000 (incl. VAT and fees).

Are you eligible?

• Is yours a Christian place of worship in Northern Ireland, and open for regular public worship?

• Was your place of worship built as a place of worship originally, and are the works proposed due to take place within or attached to the place of worship?

• Is the project in the planning stage, i.e. not yet started, but deliverable within 2 years?

• Have you already raised 50% of the total project cost?

• Is the project being led by a qualified professional, with conservation accreditation if it is a listed building?

• Is the church open for at least 40 days a year beyond worship use, or will it be on completion?

The next deadline for applications is 7 June 2017 for a decision in July.

 

Guidance notes and the application form can be found here: http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/partnership-grants

 

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The Ulster Historic Churches Trust (UHCT), in partnership with the National Churches Trust (NCT) and with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), organised a seminar to launch the UHCT Pilot Maintenance Project and the NCT Partnership Grant Scheme. There were also several key speakers covering various aspects of maintenance and giving advice on available funding sources. The event was held at Gracehill Moravian Church on Friday 31st March 2017 and was attended by over 80 people all of whom were concerned with various aspects of church maintenance.

Following much appreciated refreshments supplied by the church, the programme was to commence with a demonstration drone flight but due to the very inclement weather this was postponed in the hope that the rain would cease at some point during the morning. The Reverend Sarah Groves welcomed everyone to Gracehill and then Jennifer Stutt, Chair of UHCT, opened the proceedings. She thanked the speakers Michael Murray (NCT); Chris McCollum (Chris McCollum Building Conservation); Jason (Drone View NI); Caroline Maguire (Heritage Advice and Regulation, Department for Communites); and Nigel Mills (NCT) for participating in the seminar and went on to explain the programme for the morning. The afternoon session was hosted by Una Duffy (Development Manager, HLF). Michael Murray from NCT announced the partnership between UHCT and NCT and outlined how this partnership could benefit churches in Northern Ireland.

Jason displayed the drone which is used for surveying buildings. He explained how it operated and what regulations govern flight. Presentation of photographs and video helped visualise the survey for the audience who responded with numerous questions for both Jason and Chris.

Jennifer officially launched the UHCT Maintenance Scheme Pilot. The aim of the project is to show how beneficial the information gathered from a drone flight could be in assessing maintenance problems and how it could add significantly to the information gathered from a traditional ground based survey. The pilot study of eight churches, two from each denomination plus the host church, Gracehill, would be undertaken this year, thanks to a grant of £10,000 funded by NCT. Representatives of the selected churches were among those in attendance.

The scheme will involve a drone survey of each church at no cost to the church. This will be followed by a report, which will include stills from the survey. There will be one of three outcomes:

1. No works required

2. Minor works required eg, slipped slates to be replaced, gutters unblocked etc. For this category a grant of up to £500 (including VAT) will be offered to rectify the problem indicated by the survey.

3. The final category will indicate that more major work is required. For churches, which fall into this category, a more detailed report will be provided and advice as to where to apply for funding will be given.

The UHCT is particularly pleased to be working with Chris McCollum on this. Chris is the Diocesan Surveyor for the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Down and Connor and Dromore and for UHCT, will be overseeing the project and completing the evaluation at the end of the pilot scheme.

Chris gave a very illuminating talk on how drones could be used to access areas not normally accessible above roof level, providing unlimited images from various angles and all at a significant cost saving compared to the hire of a crane.

Caroline Maguire used her talk to emphasise the importance of regular maintenance pointing out pertinent elements, materials and details which should be inspected regularly and what problems to look for in each case.

One of the main reasons for the seminar was the subject of the next speaker. Nigel Mills from NCT used the opportunity to launch the Partnership Grants Scheme in Northern Ireland. For this particular grant, NCT is working in partnership with UHCT and the aim is to provide grants towards smaller urgent repair projects costing under £100,000. Grants are generally in the region of between £2,500 and £10,000. More information on this grant and the other NCT grants can be found on the their website ( http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants).  Nigel went on to explain how this latest grant complimented the other grants available.    These include:

$1·         Repair Grants

   These are awards of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. Projects must have an estimated cost of    at least £100,000.

$1·         Community Grants

   Awards of £5,000 to £20,000 for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use for places of worship. Projects must have an                estimated cost of at least £25,000 to qualify.

$1·         Project Development Grants

    Awards of between £3,000 and £10,000 to support churches developing schemes of repair or maintenance. 

$1·         Maintenance Grants

   This programme was launched late 2016 to offer proactive repair grants to encourage listed churches to act on small urgent repairs detailed in their                  quinquennial inspection reports.

At this point the weather had significantly improved and Jason was able to demonstrate the drone in action. Everyone took their places on the other side of the road and watched Jason manoeuvre the drone over the roof of the church.

The afternoon session was hosted by HLF. Una Duffy presented an overview of the grants presently available to listed churches including the Grants for Places of Worship which was to close later this year. She encouraged churches to look at the other grants on offer - Our Heritage and Heritage Grants - which were intended to simplify the approach for applicants, provide more flexible access to funding, give quicker decisions for smaller projects whilst streamlining the portfolio of programmes.  She went on to give clear guidance on how to produce a good application and advised interested churches to submit a project enquiry form and get advice on their project idea before applying. She also explained what HLF were looking for in an application and how they undertook their assessments. Una and her colleague, Jimmy Laverty, were on hand to answer any questions  following the close of the proceedings.

This was an extremely interesting event which launched an important and innovative pilot scheme for churches in Northern Ireland, provided valuable information on grants available for churches, re-emphasised the need for regular maintenance and how a good comprehensive survey could ensure that problems were dealt with before they became a major and expensive issue.

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CHURCH MAINTENANCE SEMINAR ON 31 MARCH 2017

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The Ulster Historic Churches Trust invites glebe wardens, property stewards and others who are responsible for church care and maintenance to an event on Friday 31 March 2017 in Gracehill Moravian Church, Gracehill. This will give expert advice and insight into the best way to avoid expensive repair bills through carefully managed maintenance.

To book see link below:

Church Maintenance Seminar tickets

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The seventh UHCT walking tour was, yet again, very lucky with the weather with blue skies and a little autumn sunshine heralding another interesting tour of churches, this time of Knock and Ballyhackamore in East Belfast. We started in St. Columba's CoI where the Rev. Canon John Auchmuty welcomed us and we learnt about the orgins of this beautiful church. Manus Deery, Assistant Director of the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities, accompanied us again this year and proved a font of knowledge on the architecture of the various churches. An unexpected organ recital by Dr Joe McKee caused a slight delay to the programme as we stayed to listen to a rousing rendition of the Dambuster's March. The group of about 25 people then quickly made their way to St. Colmcille's Roman Catholic Church on the Upper Newtownards Road where we were made very welcome by Noeleen Dunne on behalf of Father Feeney.   

Manus explained how this church differed in some aspects from St. Columba's. He pointed out how the intricate mosaic detail of the Sanctuary contrasted with the simple architecture of the nave and how the impact of the large columns in the nave had been minimised by detailing them as a cluster of four, more slender columns.

A brisk walk up the road brought us to Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, the third stop on the tour. The Rev. Christoph Ebbinghaus welcomed us and Manus explained how this church presented a stone front facade to the road but the side and rear walls were constructed in brick - probably to cut costs. This church was much simpler in style with a basic rectangular plan, less ornate stained glass windows and had the pulpit as the focal point. 

At Knock Methodist Church we were welcomed by the Rev. Britt Gilmore who pointed out the two stained glass windows in the west transept which had originally been in Donegall Square East Methodist Church and which commemorated the introduction of Methodism to America through the work of Barbara Heck and Philip Embury. It seemed a fascinating coincidence that he had been appointed to the very church where this window was now installed! 

Our final visit was to Knock Presbyterian Church. Following the welcome by the Rev. David Moore, Manus described how the church had grown and changed since the original design by the architects, Young and Mackenzie, with additions of transepts, galleries and halls to the rear. The afternoon ended with tea and biscuits in one of the newer halls and an informative talk on maintenance.  Jennifer Stutt, our Chair, closed the event, thanked everyone for taking part and reminded everyone to keep an eye on the website for the details of next year's walk.

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Appreciating the

Ecclesiastical Heritage of

KNOCK and BALLYHACKAMORE

Thursday 22 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust, which was founded in 1995 and exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance, has run several seminars and conferences over many years. It also organised with UTV and the NIEA the very successful Church Maintenance award scheme of 2006. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown, Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen and Armagh.  

This latest event run in collaboration with Knock Churches involves a tour of local churches,

designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the area’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an

informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.

The walking tour includes the following churches: St Columba’s C of I, St Colmcille’s Catholic Church, Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, Knock Methodist and Knock Presbyterian Church

Programme:

2.30 pm     Walking Tour begins at St Columba’s Church of Ireland        

3. 15 pm    St Colmcille’s Catholic Church, Ballyhackamore

3.45 pm     Kirkpatrick Presbyterian Church

4.30 pm     Knock Methodist Church

5.00 pm     Knock Presbyterian Church

5.30 pm     Refreshments Knock Presbyterian Church Hall

6.00 pm     Address by Manus Deery, Assistant Director, Historic Environment                         Division, Department for Communities

(If you are unable to join us for the whole walkabout, then please feel free to join us at whatever point is convenient for you. If you are solely interested in the talk on church maintenance issues, you are welcome at Knock Presbyterian Church from 5.30 pm)

Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale

 

APPRECIATING KNOCK AND BALLYHACKAMORE’S

ECCLESIATICAL HERITAGE

UHCT Walking Tour of Knock and Ballyhackamore Churches

Thursday 22 September 2016

For further information about this event contact:

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or Tel:

or visit our website:

www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org

$11.            St Columba’s, Church of Ireland, 29 Kings Road, Belfast, BT5 6JG

$12.            St Columcille’s Catholic Church, 191A Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB

$13.            Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3JF

$14.            Knock Methodist Church, 17 Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LA

$15.            Knock Presbyterian Church, 53 Kings Road, Belfast, BT5 6JH

UHCT is grateful to the clergy and staff of the participating churches for the inclusion of these historic buildings in the Walking Tour itinerary.

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APPRECIATING

the

ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE

of

KNOCK and BALLYHACKAMORE

Thursday 22nd September 2016

This latest event run in collaboration with Knock Churches involves a tour of local churches,

designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the area’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an

informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.

The walking tour includes the following churches: St Columba’s Church of Ireland, St Colmcille’s Roman Catholic Church, Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church, Knock Methodist Church and Knock Presbyterian Church.

More information will be posted shortly.

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Yet again the Churches Trust met on another glorious day to walk around some of the wonderful church buildings in the ecclesiastical city of Ireland - Armagh. We met at St Malachy’s Catholic Church, Irish Street where the particpants were welcomed to the church by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Raymond Murray, a former trustee of the UHCT.  He gave an illuminating account of the building of the church presently on the site with reference to the earlier church building in the city. Manus Deery, Assistant Director with the Historic Environment Division, followed this with more details about the architecture of the church.  From St. Malachy's the group proceded through the city centre to First Presbyterian Church on The Mall where we were welcomed by the minister, the Rev. A D Davidson who gave a brief hsitory of the church with Manus Deery explaining the architectural details of the building. A short walk across The Mall, along a tree lined avenue and the group arrived at St. Mark's Church of Ireland.  Here the Rector, the Rev. Malcolm Kingston, explained that St. Mark's was the Parish church for the city of Armagh although it was originally built in 1811 as a chapel of ease to St Patrick’s Cathedral. When one of the trustees ventured into the pulpit to take a photograph of the particpants, the Rev. Kingston applauded his bravery as the pulpit is famed for being the highest in the Church of Ireland! Our last visit of the day took us back across The Mall and up one of the seven hills of Armagh to Abbey Street Methodist. The Rev. Rowan Zeelie, originally from South Africa, welcomed us to the church and he and Manus explained the history and architecture of this building and its connection with the city and wider Methodist church. Following the walk, the ladies of the church provided much welcomed refreshments and the day concluded with a short but informative talk from Manus on how regular maintenance can prevent costly repair bills - something every church warden was keen to hear.

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APPRECIATING

ARMAGH’S

ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE

Thursday 1 October 2015

This latest event run in collaboration with Armagh Churches involves a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the town’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.

The walking tour includes the following churches: St Malachy’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, St Mark’s Church of Ireland and Abbey St. Methodist Church

Programme:

2.30pm   Walking tour begins at St. Malachy's R. C Church, Irish Street - welcome by UHCT and a representative of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

3.30pm   First Presbyterian Church, The Mall

4.15pm   St. Mark's Church, Victoria Street (can be accessed from The Mall)

5.00pm   Abbey Street Methodist Church

5.30pm   Refreshments at Abbey Street Methodist Church Hall

6.00pm   Address by Manus Deery, Assistant Director Historic Environment Division (formerly NIEA)

 

If you are unable to join us for the whole walkabout, then please feel free to join us at whatever point is convenient for you.

If you are solely interested in the talk on church maintenance issues, you are welcome at the Methodist Church, Abbey Street from 5.30 pm
 

Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale.

For further information about this event contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 079 7953 0379

 

 

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Advance Notice - Churches Walking Tour of Armagh

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APPRECIATING

ARMAGH’S

ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE

Thursday 1 October 2015

 

This latest event run in collaboration with Armagh Churches involves a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the town’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.

The walking tour includes the following churches: St Malachy’s Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, St Mark’s Church of Ireland and Abbey St. Methodist Church

 

More information will be posted shortly.

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Traditional Skills Directory

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The Directory of Traditional Building Skills, prepared by the UAHS, draws together a wide selection of those working in the fields of historic building conservation, ranging from architects to quantity surveyors to specialist sub-contractors.

New interactive fifth edition (2014) available ONLINE NOW.

 http://www.uahs.org.uk/built-heritage-at-risk-register-northern-ireland/traditional-skills-directory/

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On Tuesday 21st April, the UHCT ran a seminar on 'Church Care and Funding Sources' in the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity at Magherlin.  The event was well attended with over 75 partipants.  Following a welcome by the Rector, the Revd. Canon Gareth Harron, Des Cairns gave an overview of the work that the church had undertaken using a repair grant from the National Churches Trust.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust and Matthew Seward, Deputy Chief Executive then gave a presentation on the types of grant available from the National Churches Trust, and encouraged all churches, both listed and unlisted, to consider making an application for funding.  This was particularly welcome news to churches as the final speaker, Manus Deery, Assistant Director of NIEA, had the unfortunate task of stating that listed A and B+ churches had little prospect of grant aid from NIEA for the foreseeable future.  Whilst NIEA would be able to honour grant offers to projects which had approval and were already underway, finance had been drastically cut leading to the decision not to offer any further grants for listed buildings.  NIEA would still be able to provide advice to any listed churches intending to carry out works and would welcome the opportunity to help with sources of funding.

The morning ended with a lively Question and Answer session ably chaired by UHCT Trustee, the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride. More informal discussions were then continued over a very pleasant lunch served by the ladies of the church.   b2ap3_thumbnail_Audience-at-seminar.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Waiting-for-the-seminar-to-start.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Speakers-and-Trustees-at-the-seminar.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Revd.-Canon-Gareth-Harron-introduces-the-proceedings.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Claire-Walker-talks-about-the-work-of-the-NCT.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Des-Cairns-talks-about-the-work-carried-out.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Manus-Deery-offers-advice-from-NIEA.jpg

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The Ulster Historic Churches Trust and Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

Claire Walker, the National Churches Trust's Chief Executive and Matthew Seward, Deputy Chief Executive, travelled to Northern Ireland on April 20th 2015 to meet colleagues from the Ulster Historic Churches Trust and others involved in caring for churches and historic buildings, including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Historic Buildings Council.

A seminar was held in Magheralin, County Down at the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, which was recently awarded a major £40,000 repair grant by the National Churches Trust.

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1995 to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of Ulster’s historic churches; to record their architecture; to advise on alternative uses for churches that have become redundant and to disseminate information on church maintenance. It has the support of and trustees from the four main Christian denominations in Ireland.

Claire Walker said: "The National Churches Trust is the UK wide charity supporting church and chapel buildings open for worship. That’s why we work closely with local churches trusts throughout England and with partner organisations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The National Churches Trust's remit has always covered the whole of the UK and the visit was part of the Trust’s proactive engagement outside England with churches and those who care for them."

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A SEMINAR ON CHURCH CARE AND FUNDING SOURCES

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THE ULSTER HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST
INVITES YOU TO
A SEMINAR ON CHURCH CARE AND FUNDING SOURCES
In
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY,
MAGHERALIN, CO.DOWN
on
TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2015


10.30 am Welcome by Rector
10.40 am Works undertaken to Magheralin Church
funded by the National Churches Trust
Project Architect - Des Cairns
11.00 am Representatives of the National Churches Trust
12.00 noon Government assistance with caring for Places of Worship
Manus Deery, Assistant Director NI Environment Agency
12.20 pm Q&A
12.40 pm Sandwich lunch in Church hall

Cost per person including lunch £10
To register for the event please contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 079 7953 0379
For further information visit our website : www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org

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Churches Walking Tour of Enniskillen

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Around 30 people met at Darling Street Methodist Church for the first visit of the UHCT Churches Walking Tour of Enniskillen on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.  The church had very kindly laid on refreshments which were particularly welcome to those travelling from further afield.  Once we were all settled, the Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Mr Bert Johnston, welcomed us all to the town.  This year the tour was lead by Caroline Maguire, a Senior Conservation Architect from NIEA, who stepped in at the last minute to replace Manus Deery, our usual guide, who was recovering from surgery.

Caroline gave a potted history of the church and local tour guide, Catherine Scott, ably assisted her in bringing the history of the area to life.  Following a chance to walk around the church, we visited the impressive hall to the rear and then walked next door to St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church.  Unbelievably there was a funeral in both the RC church and St Macartin's Cathedral that afternoon so whilst we waited for St Michael's to clear of mourners, we stood out in the afternoon sunshine and Caroline and Catherine showed us the massive flying buttresses which had been built in 1921 to support the west wall.  We were then treated to a visit to the sacristy at the rear of the church before walking round back into Darling Street to access the main church.

One of the nicest things about this walking tour was the close proximity of all the churches.  After our visit to St. Michael's which was next door to the Methodist Church, we only had to cross the road to visit St Macartin's Cathedral. Unlike the other two churches which sit directly on the footpath, St. Marcartin's is angled on the slightly elevated site with a path leading from the footpath up to the entrance. After a welcome by the Rev Rob Clements, on behalf of the rector, the Very Rev. Kenneth R. J. Hall, once again Caroline and Catherine explained about the origins and architecture of this lovely church, pointing out the many artefacts linking the church, town and the Inniskilling Regiments.  There was much discussion about the positioning of the older church and how it might have been incorporated into the church we could see today.

From the west end of the town, we walked along the main street to Scots Presbyterian Church to see the recent renovation works and new hall extension which had recently been completed. The minister Rev. David  Cupples welcomed us to the church and pointed out some of the interesting historic plaques in the church as well as the more recent alterations. Of interest was the magnificent stained glass window behind the pulpit which commemorated the First World War - particularly because of the centenary this year.

Scots Presbyterian Church provided very much appreciated refreshments in the new hall complex to the rear which gave magnificent views out over the river.  After everyone had been replenished with tea and cake, Caroline took to the floor for the last time to give the usual and very interesting talk on church maintenance.  To round off the day, those who were left and had time were invited to visit the Convent Chapel where the beautiful stained glass was designed by the Harry Clarke Studio.

Once again, this delightful afternoon gave us the opportunity to learn a little more about the churches in our province and the lovely weather set all the buildings off to their best advantage.

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APPRECIATING  ENNISKILLEN’S  ECCLESIASTICAL HERITAGE   

Wednesday 24 September 2014     

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust which was founded in 1995 and exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance has run several seminars and conferences over many years. It also organised with UTV and the NIEA the very successful Church Maintenance award scheme of 2006. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown and Derry/Londonderry.  2012 saw a major publication ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’.   

This latest event run in collaboration with Enniskillen Churches involves a tour of local churches, designed to appreciate the rich legacy of the town’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk aimed at how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.  

We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards will find this particularly helpful.  

You are warmly invited to join us for this event.  

The walking tour includes the following churches: Darling St Methodist Church, St Michael’s Catholic Church, St Macartin’s Cathedral and Scots Presbyterian Church    

Programme:   

2.30 pm Walking Tour begins at Darling Street. Welcome to UHCT by Chairman of  Fermanagh District Council.   

3.15 pm St Michael’s Catholic Church  

3.45 pm St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral  

4.30 pm Scots Presbyterian Church  

5.00 pm Refreshments (Bridge Centre)  

5.45 pm Address by Manus Deery, Assistant Director, NIEA   

(If you are unable to join us for the whole walkabout, then please feel free to join us at whatever point is convenient for you. If you are solely interested in the talk on church maintenance issues, you are welcome at the Bridge Centre, Scots Presbyterian Church, Church Street from 5.00pm)  

Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale  

  

For further information about this event contact:  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    or Tel: 079 7953 0379  

or visit our website:  www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org       

Parking: There are several Pay and Display car parks along Wellington Road and on-street parking is also available. 

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Should Churches be Converted?

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A debate & discussion in

St Thomas’s Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast,

on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 7.30pm

 

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society invites members and non-members to participate in a discussion on whether or not it is right to convert redundant churches to new uses.

 

In November 2012 the Ulster Historic Churches Trust (UHCT) published New Life for Churches in Ireland – good practice in conversion and reuse. In the Preface the Chairman of the Trust, Primrose Wilson, stated that ‘Ireland’s ecclesiastical buildings are part of the backdrop and fabric of our lives….. Fortunately the majority of our churches remain in use as places of worship and are well-loved and respected in their communities.’ However when a place of worship becomes redundant it can be demolished (if it is not listed) or become a decaying object of pity.  Converting it to a new use may well breathe new life into the community of which it forms a part or it is better if it disappears altogether? The Trust hoped that its publication will raise awareness of the issues and stimulate further debate and discussion and this event in St Thomas’s forms a part of this dialogue. Copies of New Life for Churches in Ireland can be purchased on line at www.ulsterhistoricchurches.com and will be for sale on 30 January.

 

The Society is delighted that the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor, will act as Chairman for the evening. In order to set the scene Primrose Wilson will explain the rationale behind the publication. Then Dr Paul Harron, Editor and author, will outline the successful conversion of the former Fransiscan Church in Drogheda. Visited by UAHS members in 2013 it has become the Highlanes Gallery and is well used by the local community. Afterwards Nathan Armstrong who was the architect for the conversion of Tattykeeran Church, near Brookeborough, Co.Fermanagh, runner-up in the 2012 BBC Northern Ireland House of the Year programme, will present his project. Then the floor will be open for discussion and debate.

 

St Thomas’s Church was designed by John Lanyon and consecrated in 1870. It is located at the junction of Lisburn Road and Eglantine Avenue. In 2008 major renovations were carried out and it is now frequently used for a variety of community uses as well as being a place of worship. The Society is grateful to the Rector and Select Vestry for the use of the building for this event. The cost of the event, which includes a glass of wine, is £10 per person. Closing date for applications is 27th January 2014.

 

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Walking Tour of Derry's Churches

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We left a rainy Belfast equipped with umbrellas and wet weather gear only to arrive in Derry to bright skies and sunshine!  Led by Manus Deery, Assistant Director of NIEA, we started our tour at Carlisle Road Methodist Church just outside Derry’s Walls, where we were welcomed by the minister, the Rev Louise Donald and the Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly.  A large imposing Gothic style building set right on the footpath with flying buttresses, steeply pitched slated roof and polygonal baptistery, the interior was a revelation.  Beautifully carved timber pews, pulpit and gallery shone deeply against the pale upper walls.  The Art Nouveau-style stained glass windows allowed the building to be flooded with light and the acoustics, thanks to the skill of the architect, Albert Forman, are second to none.

From Carlisle Road, we walked up on to the Walls and round to the imposing St Columb’s Cathedral sited at the highest point of the city.  After a talk on the history and the architectural development of the cathedral by Manus Deery we were joined by the Dean, The Very Rev'd William W Morton, who welcomed us to the building.  On display were the Promise Chalice, the Bishop’s Chair and a pair of beautiful silver tankards as well as the many monuments and flags. 

Leaving the Cathedral we passed out of the Walls, this time using the Bishop’s Gate on our way to the Long Tower Church. Manus, again gave an excellent talk on the development of the site from earliest times and a member of the congregation was on hand to complete the story.  The large T shaped plan has an ornate neo-Renaissance style interior with paired marble columns, three sets of the Stations of the Cross and a rare glass mosaic ‘opus sectile’ behind the altar which remains, together with the altar rails, in its original position.  After viewing the restoration of the former school building to the rear of the church, which will become the St Columba’s Heritage Centre, we returned to the Walled City, walking along the west wall to St Augustine’s Church of Ireland.

Originally built as a Chapel of Ease, St. Augustine’s is located on the original Abbey site.  It was built to the designs of J G Ferguson – a three-bay gabled diminutive Gothic church with bell cote and hammer beam roof.  Here we were welcomed by Hazel Philson, author of ‘The Little Church on the Walls’, who gave a brief talk on the fifteen hundred years history of the site. 

As the afternoon became colder, we walked farther down the walls to the newly restored First Derry Presbyterian Church, the final building on our tour.  One of the Elders of the church welcomed us into the warmth of the church before giving a presentation on the recent repair scheme.  From a building with major structural problems, a fire and then being closed for eight years, the church raised sufficient funding to allow a complete renovation and re-opened for worship in May 2011.  After a tour of the Blue Coat School Visitor Centre, the church provided very welcome refreshments before Manus concluded the day with a very interesting and informative talk on church maintenance.

 

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Castletown Follies bus is now full

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I'm afarid we cannot take any more bookings for this trip as the bus is full.

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The Conolly folly is an obelisk mounted on arches and adorned with stone eagles and pineapples. It is 140 feet high and closes the vista at the rear of Castletown house though it was built on the Carton estate, which belonged to the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. Designed almost certainly by Richard Castle, who was working on Carton house at the time, it was erected in 1740 at the behest of Lady Louisa Conolly to provide employment and relieve the suffering after the severe winter of 1739.

It is Ireland’s best known folly and the emblem of the Irish Georgian Society.

The day will begin with coffee at Castletown House at 10am and will be followed by a lecture on the restoration of the Conolly folly by Ana Dolan, senior conservation architect with the National Monuments Service of the Office of Public Works. Then we visit the Conolly folly by bus and, by kind permission of OPW, will be able to access normally inaccessible aspects of the structure. Afterwards we will tour the other follies in the Castletown estate including the Batty Langley lodge, Mrs Siddons temple and admire the Wonderful Barn.  

We return to the Café at Castletown for a light lunch and afterwards there will be a tour of the house which will conclude about 4pm.

The cost for this event is £35/€40 which includes coffee, lunch, bus and all expenses; cheques (either euro or sterling) should be made payable to the Follies Trust and sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.
Numbers are limited for this event so please book early.


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Confirmation of receipt of booking will be by email only

Sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.

I enclose a cheque for £35/€40 per person made payable to the Follies Trust

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