The South West has hundreds of places of worship of all denominations and ages from the Pre-Norman St Martin in Wareham Dorset to the modern Clifton Cathedral in Bristol. While they vary widely in age, form and size they all have one thing in common - they need to be maintained.
Many of the Victorian churches were constructed on an ambitious scale relative to the population of the communities they were built to serve, and the extent of the repairs which in many cases are now becoming urgent, is commensurate with their size. Meanwhile, the need for essential repairs and maintenance of the older churches has in no way diminished
The SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project provides support, training and resources to help those who want to help look after these buildings. We are developing networks of volunteers who can carry out basic preventative maintenance tasks. As well as providing training events and hands-on workshops, you can get free technical advice on specific building issues from the SPAB technical team. If you need help or advice regarding your place of worship please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The regular regional newsletter South West MCP Update will give you news, information, dates of forthcoming events and announcements of all sorts from the world of historice building conservation:
If you would like to subscribe to receive the SW MCP Update, please contact Judith Eversley using the contact details below.
In Dorset the Melbury Team has received training and is taking practical action. Volunteers in the group have carried out preventative maintenance tasks at places of worship within the Melbury Team area, reported on their dedicated page.
See the events panel on the right-hand side of this page for all the dates and topics of our training sessions in the region .
If you're interested in getting involved with the Melbury Team, need information on training, would like help and support in setting up a similar group in your area, or just want to know more please get in contact: