Community Engagement & Hard Hat Tours at St Leonard’s Church Flamstead

19 May, 2021

USL in collaboration with Flamstead Heritage welcomed eighty people from Flamstead and the local community as the first post-lockdown engagement activity with a Hard Hat Tour of the restoration project up on the scaffolding.

This community engagement event included many partners, advisors to the project as well as volunteers who made it all possible.  The project is emerging into its third and potentially most rewarding phase where the restoration is visibly brought to life and provides a vital opportunity to share both the richness of heritage and architecture together with social and religious significance.

Andrew Lambourne (Heritage Project Director from Flamstead) commented:

“Our contractors, USL, put in a great deal of effort to prepare the site to accommodate members of the public not used to climbing or navigating huge scaffolds, in a safe and secure way. They also went to the trouble of assembling an exhibition of interesting background information – which the weather then went to the trouble of dousing in a rainstorm of biblical proportions on the Tuesday. We will run the exhibition again, perhaps in the Village Hall!

Thanks also go to Bryan for constructing an impressive scale model of the structure of the nave roof complete with fold-back insulation and a removable copper bay, which will also be on show again; to Caroline, Pam and Hartley who loaned gazebos; and to Miranda and her team of volunteers who kindly stewarded. Everybody who joined a tour said how much they had enjoyed it, and the photos show just some of those moments. All it takes is for the opportunity to be provided, and St Leonard’s and all that the building embodies richly rewards anybody who wants to engage with it.”

Find out more about ‘Community Engagement’ & USL  

At USL, we understand the importance of preserving and engaging with your community to galvanised support.  Whilst restoration programmes seek to preserve the unique historical and cultural patrimony that affords buildings, renewal projects seek to deepen relationships as well as improving the community at large through dedicated engagement and outreach.

How USL is assisting Places of Worship and Historical Restoration projects across the UK to extend engagement:

  • USL will fully support you in your restoration or reordering project.
  • Provide specialist expertise on all construction elements for both Listed and Non-listed buildings.
  • Experienced in grants/funding procedures and requirements.
  • Years of project experience with English Heritage, National Trust, National Churches Trust, HLF and numerous other conservation trust bodies.
  • Your partners in growing your community engagement, fundraising initiatives, and events.
  • Enabling ‘Hard Hat Tours’ and ‘Heritage Open Day’ visits to increase engagement.
  • We ensure your buildings and congregation are safe and secure during the works process.
  • We are mindful to minimise any disruptions to the building’s day-to-day operations.

We will collaborate with you to help you visualise the full potential of your building.   To find out more, contact us today to speak to with one of our directors.

“ Thank you for today.  It was so interesting and informative and I simply loved being up there and seeing the work that has already been done.  Quite amazing, and the history of the building is really well, wow!,   The next stages will just bring it all together and I for one cannot wait to see the finished article.  Well done to you and the team."

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