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Heart of Eden Maintenance Co-operative Meeting

The SPAB's Maintenance Co-operative programme is holding a meeting on the 29th of January to kick start the 'Heart of Eden Maintenance Co-operative for places of worship' - explaining what it's all about and with the added bonus of an introductory session on 'grants & funding' from Sarah Crossland of the National Churches Trust.

The meeting will be held at Sands Methodist Church Appleby, CA16 6TS
1.30 to 4.30pm - Tea/Coffee from 1pm

The meeting will be an introduction to the Maintenance Co-operative and what it can offer places of worship as well as information of the types of grants and funding available and how to apply for these. Participants will be asked to share their current or approaching key maintenance issues & plans, training needs, what they would like to gain from being part of a Maintenance Co-operative. Around the table input from everyone - a 2 minute summary. Please come prepared. A key part of the meeting is to decide if there is sufficient interest to set up a local co-operative.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Sue Manson on
07776 197143 or email

Giving to Heritage Training Events

More Giving to Heritage Workshops are now available to book online. These events take place across the county, but two local events coming up are;
28th January, Durham Cathedral
12th February, Live Theatre, Newcastle
For more information and to book a place please see the Heritage Alliance's Website- link below.


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Heritage at Risk Register 2014

English Heritage has published the 2014 Heritage at Risk Register; the register is updated every year and is a list of the sites most at risk of being lost, either through decay, neglect or inappropriate development. The list includes listed buildings, places of worship, scheduled monuments, conservation areas, protected wrecks and battlefields.

Within the North East 27 sites have been removed from the 2013 register, including the Monastic Cell and Medieval Tower on Coquet Island off the Northumberland Coast. Working in partnership with English Heritage, RSPB, The Northumberland Estate and Trinity House, North of England Civic Trust project managed the repair of the light keeper’s cottage which now provides accommodation for the RSPB wardens and volunteers.