The Ulster Historic Churches Trust (UHCT) and the National Churches Trust (NCT) are hosting a practical training event, led by professionals, on maintaining and repairing places of worship.
This takes place at Gracehill Moravian Church, Church Road, Gracehill, BT42 2NL, on Friday March 31 from 10am-3.30pm.
The event will explore the importance of maintenance and early diagnosis of potential issues as well as looking at what help is out there to prevent minor problems becoming major ones.
Participants will be among the first to find out about UHCT’s new Maintenance Pilot Scheme and learn about funding sources available to Places of Worship including NCT’s new grant programme targeted specifically at Places of Worship in Northern Ireland. Recent innovations that make maintenance easier, such as the use of drones, will also be reviewed.
In the afternoon there is an optional session with the Heritage Lottery Fund team (you can opt in/out on the booking form). HLF is one of the largest funders of maintenance and repair work to Places of Worship in the country. Members of the local team will talk about their various grant programmes as well as giving some ‘top tips’ on what makes a strong bid to them. There will also be a Question and Answer session.
Tickets for the event are £15 which will include refreshments, lunch and the event pack.
Booking can be made by clicking here.