Prayers answered as listed Swindon church receives £14k roof grant

A LISTED Swindon church has been awarded a grant of more than £14,000 for its first refurbishment in 30 years. The Bath Road Methodist Church in Old Town applied for the grant as part of the Government’s Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund, the first fund of its kind. At the turn of the year, grants co-ordinator Steve Sparkes applied with the hope of fixing two serious leaks at the 135-year-old church, which have caused a permanent state of dampness. “No question, Read more [...]

Jeremy Clarkson and co’s backstage demands at Top Gear Live shows are …

Backstage luxuries demanded by Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters at Top Gear Live shows revealedThree-page catalogue includes over 20 bottles of wine, such as Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Sauvignon BlancIn case that runs out, they ask for two dozen bottles of Peroni beer, Bombay Sapphire gin, tonic and iceTheir drinks must be served on linen covered tables and the presenters must be based near to a McDonald'sBy Tom Kelly and Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail Published: 22:55 Read more [...]

War memorial in Gloucester given listed status

The war memorial was originally erected in 1920 as a tribute to the local men killed in World War One A war memorial in Gloucester has been given listed building status.The monument, at the junction of Green Lane and Hucclecote Road in Hucclecote, was put up in 1920 as a tribute to local men killed in World War One.It has been added to Historic England's list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest and is now Read more [...]

Bristol RPZ: Some parking signs may need listed building consent

The residents' parking zone signs were put up earlier this year English Heritage has told Bristol City Council it would be "prudent" to apply for listed building consent for some of its parking signs.Earlier this year, signs for the Clifton Village residents' parking zone appeared but some were fixed to railings which are Grade II* listed.It prompted complaints that the signs were spoiling a conservation area.The council said Read more [...]

Iconic A-listed building to get a face-lift boost

Historic building in line for a facelift An iconic A-listed building in Milngavie is to undergo renovation work with extensive roof repairs and a new lick of paint to the outside. The striking black and white structure on the corner of Douglas Street and Main Street above Boots the chemist – which owns the whole building – will be clad in scaffolding in order for the work to be carried out. It is expected the Read more [...]

Andreas Lubitz: inside the mind of a mass killer

On board for the short-haul flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf were 144 passengers and six crew. Among them were three Britons, including seven-month-old baby Julian Pracz-Bandres, and 16 children and two teachers from the Joseph König Gymnasium in Haltern am See, who were returning to Germany after a week-long foreign exchange in Spain. Haltern am See’s mayor would later describe Tuesday’s events as “the darkest day in the history of our city”. Andreas Lubitz’s remains are scattered Read more [...]

Istanbul’s new creative hub retains Ottoman flavour – for now

Just two miles north along the Golden Horn from Eminönü – the quarter known for Topkapi Palace, tour groups and Hagia Sophia – lies another Istanbul altogether. In the side-by-side quarters of Fener and Balat, lines of drying laundry stretch across steep, winding streets. Century-old Ottoman houses lean against each other in a kaleidoscope of reds, blues and greens. And art galleries and design shops dot the area along the water. Like the rest of Istanbul, Fener-Balat is changing. Unlike much Read more [...]