Applications open - John Betjeman Award for church repair

Recognising excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths in England and Wales, the John Betjeman Award is open for applications until 26 February. Shortlisted and winning entries are featured on the SPAB website and in the SPAB Magazine.

The award is given for repairs to a specific element of a building, rather than for a general programme of works, and projects must have been completed within the previous 18 months. Work of any scale is eligible, but must be to the fabric of the building (e.g. tower, wall, roof, floor) or to a significant element of its furnishing (e.g. monument, screen, tomb, pew, pulpit). Cathedrals are not eligible.

Importantly, the award is always made to the building rather than to an individual, so this is a chance for a whole community to celebrate the quality of work completed in its building. The award takes the form of a certificate featuring an image of Inglesham Church in Wiltshire, a favourite church of Betjeman’s and the subject of an early SPAB campaign by the Society’s founder, William Morris. This striking image was created for the SPAB by artist and friend of Betjeman, John Piper.

Entries are now invited for the 2019 Award.  The closing date is 26 February 2019.

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