Leading regeneration charity The Prince’s Regeneration Trust will be hosting its 19th BRICK workshop at All Souls in Bolton on Wednesday 2 March.
BRICK workshops equip community groups to save and reuse cherished local buildings themselves. The workshop in Bolton will be delivered in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust and will focus specifically on church buildings. Places can be booked at http://brick-work.org/workshop-bolton
Ros Kerslake OBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: ‘In the UK some of our most important buildings, which have the most pertinent links to our local and social history, are our churches. As congregations at historic churches have declined, many of these buildings are in jeopardy and we have reached a critical point where more and more communities risk losing them forever.
‘That’s why we wanted a workshop that would focus solely on churches. We want to show community groups that they really can make a difference, take on what may seem a daunting task, and save and use these wonderful places to their full potential.’
The workshop will include expert advice and training from specialists at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust and other partners including the architects Purcell and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Talks will cover legal issues, funding, and design within a church space. There will also be interactive group sessions and opportunities for attendees to ask the experts about their own projects.
The day will include an informal tour of the venue All Souls, the impressive Grade II* listed Gothic Revival church designed by Paley and Austin. Andrew Suter, the Director at All Souls, will also speak on how it was carefully restored and converted as a thriving heritage, enterprise and community space. There will be further case studies from St Mary’s Church, Brighton, on creating an events space within an active church, and from the Breathing Space Project, which helps communities in Durham make fuller use of local church spaces.