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Church volunteers in line for top heritage award

Shortlisted for the Places of Worship category: Brian Cooke, churchwarden of All Saints Church, for the rescue of grade II* listed All Saints Church, Leamington Hastings. A mason repairing the damaged stonework. NNL-140825-144643001

Shortlisted for the Places of Worship category: Brian Cooke, churchwarden of All Saints Church, for the rescue of grade II* listed All Saints Church, Leamington Hastings. A mason repairing the damaged stonework. NNL-140825-144643001

Volunteers who saved a historic village church from ruin have been nominated for a top heritage award.

Warden Brian Cooke and a team of fellow helpers repaired All Saints’ Church, Leamington Hastings, after it was devastated by arson and thefts of lead from its roof.

Their efforts have been recognised by English Heritage which has shortlisted them for its Angel Awards 2014.

In November 2009, the church was badly damaged by fire, subsequently confirmed as arson. In August 2013, with the last part of the restoration just completed, lead was stolen on two separate occasions from the roof, causing further extensive damage.

Brian said: “There’s been a huge amount of hard work gone into the restoration of All Saints’ Church over a number of years.

“I was surprised and delighted to hear it had been shortlisted for the award.”

Brian and his colleagues, nominated for the Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship category, will be attending a star-studded, red carpet awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London on November 3.

“It’s up against some stiff competition so it would be terrific for the whole community if it did win.”

The Angel Awards were founded in 2011 by Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups all over the country who put hours of hard work, passion and perseverance into saving vulnerable, damaged and derelict historic landmarks from being lost forever.

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/angelawards to see full details of the shortlisted projects and vote for their favourite.

 

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