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Appreciating the

Ecclesiastical Heritage of


 Thursday 26 September 2019


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. 2012 saw a major publication ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’. Since 2009 it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown, Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Armagh, East Belfast and Limavady.


This latest event, run in collaboration with Holywood Churches, involves a tour of local churches designed to encourage appreciation of the rich legacy of the area’s fine ecclesiastical heritage, followed by an informative talk on how best to maintain these buildings for future generations.


We hope that Glebe Wardens, Vergers, Sextons and Property Stewards or anyone involved with maintenance of church buildings will find this particularly helpful.


You are warmly invited to join us for this event.


The walking tour includes the following churches: St Colmcille’s Catholic Church, First Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Holywood Methodist and St. Philip and St. James' Parish Church.



2.30 pm     Walking Tour begins at St Colmcille’s Catholic Church          

3.15 pm     High Street Presbyterian Church (exterior only)

3.30pm      First Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church

4.15 pm     Holywood Methodist Church

5.00 pm     St. Philip and St. James' Parish Church

5.30 pm     Refreshments at Holywood Old School

6.00 pm     Address by Manus Deery, Assistant Director, HED

(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 Holywood Old School from5.30 pm)

Publications relevant to church maintenance will be available for sale


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Sunday Sequence on Radio Ulster

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Primrose Wilson, one of the UHCT Founding Trustees, was on Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence as a guest of Roisin McAuley. She toured various churches in Belfast talking about issues relating to church redundancies. Listen to the segment using the link below.

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The Eventbrite page is now live for the above seminar. Please book your places as soon as possible as space is limited. 



The Ulster Historic Churches Trust (UHCT) and the National Churches Trust (NCT) are delighted to be able to present a half day seminar, led by professionals, where we will explore the importance of maintenance and early diagnosis of potential issues as well as looking at what help is out there to help you stop minor problems becoming major ones. Speakers include Manus Deery (Assstant Director in the Historic Environment Division of the Department of Communities), Chris McCollum (Conservation Accredited Builidng Surveyor specialising in historic buildings), Nigel Mills from the National Churches Trust and Peter Mojsa from the Allchurches Trust.


Chris McCollum will be providing an update on the UHCT's Maintenance Pilot Scheme which was launched in 2017. We will also hear from two churches about their experiences from taking part in the first round of the scheme. Nigel Mills will tell us about the NCT's new grant programmes which are being launched in the Autumn as well as introducing us to NCT's new 5 year strategy. And Peter Mojsa will update us on how the Allchurches Trust is currently supporting Places of Worship and how you can access their funding.


The seminar will end with a Question and Answer Session and the speakers will be available throughout the morning if you have a specific question about your Place of Worship


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Advance Notice - Maintenance Seminar

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The UHCT will be organising a seminar focusing on grants, maintenance and an update on the Pilot Maintenance Scheme.

Venue: Gracehill Moravian Church

Date: Friday 14th September 2018

Time: 10am - 1pm

Cost: £12 (Booking through Eventbrite nearer the time)

More details will be posted later this month.

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Maintenance information now downloadable

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