New heritage conservation group launched in Norfolk

A new heritage conservation group has been formally launched in Norfolk.  And two leading Norwich architects, who have led a number of major church restoration projects, are helping to lead the group.

The SPAB Norfolk group is open to all those interested in practical conservation techniques and caring for historic buildings. At the first annual meeting, Gethin Harvey, of Norwich-based Nicholas Warns Architects, was elected chairman and his colleague, Domenico D’Alessandro, secretary.

They have successfully completed projects, also supported with funds from the Norfolk Churches Trust, at churches including Snetterton and West Lexham.  Following the success of a hands-on event and working party at Feltwell St Nicholas, an inaugural meeting of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was held last year.

The new Norfolk group has a five-strong committee, which was duly elected at St Martin at Palace Plain Church last month.

A number of events have been planned including a return to Feltwell with the support of SPAB and other conservation organisations on September 9 and 10.

There will be a stand at the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s summer fair at Raveningham on Sunday, July 28 and a number of other site visits are planned.

Two meetings will be held at St Martin at Palace on July 24, 5.30pm and October 23, also 5.30pm. Other committee members include vice-chair Josh Halton-Farrow; events coordinator William Skinner; social media Mark Wilson.

SPAB is Britain’s oldest conservation body. Founded by William Morris in 1877 to care for the UK’s architectural heritage, today it helps to advise, educate and campaign for old buildings.

For programme details and how to join – email spabnorfolk@gmail.com

The group are looking for volunteers to help organise events – if you would like to be involved please email us info@spab.org.uk. You can join the SPAB online spab.org.uk where you can also find loads of free advice on caring for old buildings.

Photograph at Feltwell courtesy of Gethin Harvey