Now photography IS allowed – at St Paul’s Cathedral for one night only 8th April http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/09/rare-chance-to-photograph-inside-st-pauls-cathedral/
Posted by Administrator on March 11, 2015
In this special blog post from one of our Friends, Ros Patrick described the joy she and her husband get from exploring and photographing local churches.
My husband and I moved to England from Australia six years ago. One of the first things we noticed was the beauty of the countryside and the next was the incredible age of so many buildings. We live in Wales so we’re in the perfect place for both.
Within thirty to forty miles of our home we have so far visited over 160 churches and we have found it’s a wonderful hobby to photograph them and read their history. This includes finding them in the first place as many are quite isolated and up narrow country lanes. We’ve walked to quite a few for the last mile or so as driving on a road barely wide enough for one tractor is a bit nerve-wracking.
Whole villages must have disappeared as the size of the church is completely out of proportion to the size of the hamlet where it is. Other churches have been surrounded by buildings and parking can be difficult.
As we’re in the Welsh Marches a lot of the history is pretty bloodthirsty, and some families have a sad reminder in the graveyards of the members who died in battles.
We have been lucky as we only rarely find churches which are locked – I feel we should give a special thankyou to the men and women who must open and lock them each day. Some of the locks require a very large and ancient key.
We have found several churches which have workmen doing repairs and maintenance and it must be very expensive to keep such old buildings in a good condition. We have met a lot of people who enjoy their beauty and history and I hope will do so for many years.
You can explore some of Ros’s beautiufl photographs in their flickr photostream.
Posted by Sarah on October 3, 2014
In this guest post from Neal James at Panthera Security, we take a look at securing your scaffolding, building work and church from unwanted visitors. In the light of several thefts and episodes of vandalism at churches with ongoing building projects, this post is particularly timely, and we hope very useful.
How to protect your project
By their very nature churches are community buildings and we believe they should remain so. We know that most churches are over a hundred years old, and consequently are often in need of reparation works.
We know that most churches have alarm systems now in place and that is fine for normal use.
However, when work to your church becomes necessary you will invariably need to have a scaffold erected to provide safe work at height access to the building.
By providing that safe access to your contractor, you have also provided it to other, less than welcome visitors!
Panthera Security, Part of the Panthera Group have worked with the National Security Inspectorate on raising awareness to this often overlooked problem, and in developing NCP115 the Code of Practice for the Design, Installation & Maintenance of Scaffolding Alarm Systems. Panthera Group is proud to say that after a rigorous auditing process, we are the UK’s first company to become NSI Gold approved installers.
It is important to understand that it is the installer that is approved, and not the equipment, as some are led to believe.
Non-approved installers can still install scaffold alarm systems, but they are not required to adhere to the Code of Practice, therefore they may install an insufficient amount of detectors, thereby leaving access points unprotected.
Using NSI Gold approved installers will negate that problem. We always ensure that all vulnerabilities are covered and will issue an NSI Certificate of Compliance once the installation is complete.
Ecclesiastical Insurance already recommends the use of NSI approved companies for all other aspects of security, and we have recently been in discussion over the introduction of NCP115 and have been assured that it is the standard they are looking to set regarding the installation of Scaffold Alarm Systems.
NCP115 compliant systems are now being requested as standard by many Quantity Surveyors, Property Managers and Local Authorities.
Let’s spread the word… Protect Our Churches
Neal James, Panthera Security
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Posted by Sarah on September 25, 2014