Free workshops on maintaining Welsh places of worship

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Carrying out regular maintenance is key to preserving important historic buildings for future generations. That’s why the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is holding free workshops in August to help Welsh places of worship get to grips with the issues involved in maintenance. 

Church members on site are likely to be the first to notice problems, so these free courses – along with a Welsh-language video series – are designed to help those who care for churches understand their faith building and take practical action to look after it. 

Provided by the SPAB, with the generous support of Cadw, the workshops will take place on 2 August at St Tysilio’s Church, Llanymynech and on 3 August at St Mary’s Church, Caerhun.

Expert tutors will explain how to tackle common problems safely, share tips and answer questions. The day includes a practical exercise looking at the host building to identify maintenance issues and areas of vulnerability. 

The course will be delivered in English with an introduction in Welsh and Welsh language copies of the SPAB Approach available to take away. The SPAB has also made five short Welsh language videos that deal with different aspects of maintenance.

The SPAB believes that simple, regular maintenance is a vital to the future of historic buildings. A dry, well-maintained building is not only likely to last longer, cost less in preventing expensive work further down the line, but it is also more likely to be energy efficient.

Book your place for the workshops on the SPAB website: 

Watch the companion videos in Welsh on the SPAB’s YouTube channel.  




Notes to Editors  

The UK’s oldest conservation charity, the SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) supports the maintenance of all buildings; in the words of SPAB founder William Morris, ‘Stave off decay with daily care’. Through unique training schemes, courses, advice, and research the SPAB is here to help buildings and the people who care for them.  

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service which protects historic places so they can continue to inspire generations to come. 

For further information or images: Felicity Martin

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