Dying arts taught at reborn church

Construction company Carefoot is running a programme of traditional building craft lessons in conjunction with the Churches Conservation Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the renovation of All Souls Church in Bolton.

The free classes will cover lime stone work, how to carry out stained glass repairs, heritage masonry, repairing slate and sheet metal.

All Souls is set to become a multi-functional space for the local community and people of Bolton. Carefoot will turn the disused historic church into a community centre for local people whilst offering community engagement, training and educational opportunities throughout the 52 week construction programme.

The first event is a Health & Safety on Historic Building Sites Technical Day on 29 October 2013. The day will include lectures and site visit tours considering a variety of health and safety issues on site such as CDM regulations and roles, site management, environmental restrictions and on-site risks, health hazards, design and construction hazards, pre-construction documentation, health and safety plans. Specifically to historic buildings the day will also consider structural stability during change and loading issues; hazards such as anthrax, Weil's disease, lead carbonate, materials issues around lime, leads, asbestos, and training and works contracts in historic building repair.

Full programme available here

There will also be community open days for the general public and paid training placements funded by Building Traditional Skills, a Heritage Lottery Funded programme.

Carefoot is also running 12 educational site visits for school, colleges and universities during the project.

The six paid training placements will run from November to February and cover heritage glazing, roofing and masonry. The closing date for applications is 10 October. Details can be found here .

OMI Architects and Lambert Walker Conservation & Restoration are working with Carefoot. The project is due for completion in autumn 2014.

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