‘Angel’ award hopes for Saltaire United Reformed Church restoration work (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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‘Angel’ award hopes for Saltaire United Reformed Church restoration work
Volunteers who brought an iconic church back to life with no previous experience of restoring listed buildings find out next week if one of them has won an English Heritage prize.
Members of the will travel to London on Monday to see if church elder Len Morris has taken an English Heritage Angel Award.
A film telling the story of the rescue project will be shown during the ceremony at the Palace Theatre in the West End.
The Angel Awards, backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals from across the country who put hours of hard work, perseverance and imagination into saving derelict and severely-damaged historic landmarks.
Mr Morris is on a shortlist of 17 and all nominees have been filmed by award-winning filmmakers D R Hood and Hannah Robinson.
The video shows church elders and conservation architect Bill Glaister explain work done to restore the Grade I-listed building, built by Sir Titus Salt in 1859, and reveals how careful work has been done to repair windows, timbers, masonry and paint-work.
On Monday, the films will be shown to an audience of heritage officials and enthusiasts before the five Angel Award winners are announced.
Lord Lloyd Webber will be presenting an award, with author and historian Bettany Hughes, “Restoration Man” George Clarke, and Richard Chartres, Bishop of London.
Filmmaker Miss Hood said: “Filming the people short-listed for the Heritage Angels was a joy. They are all so passionate about the buildings and places they have saved and want others to enjoy them as they do. I hope our films help spread their infectious enthusiasm for the rich and varied heritage all around us and their incredible persistence in getting things done.”