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Members are reminded that Church Recording at St Johnís Church, Buxton, will resume in April 2017.  If any member is interested in joining the Group, please contact Chairman, Peter Stubbs.

Church Recording which produces a detailed inventory for English parish churches started in 1973 and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.  A Church Record includes the recording of memorials, stonework, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, paintings, books and windows, together with any unusual miscellaneous items.

In 1973 John Pope Hennessy the then director of the Victoria and Albert Museum requested that Church Records be deposited in the National Art Library at the V & A.  Records are also deposited in the respective County Archives and presented to each church where a record has been created.

The 40 year anniversary of church recording in the North of England was celebrated in October this year at a service in St. Wilfred's Church, Harrogate.  A message was sent from Richard Chartres, Bishop of London in the following terms:

ďas Chairman of Church Buildings Nationwide I visit places of worship in every part of our country.  My experience is that one may take the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost part of the kingdom only to discover that NADFAS Church Recorders have already visited the destination.  I speak on behalf of the countless churches who, over the last 40 years, have been supported and enriched by NADFAS Church Recorders.  The ecclesiastical heritage of our country which we hold in trust for our whole community depends on the work of tens of thousands of heroic volunteers.  In this army NADFAS Church Recorders are in the first rank.Ē

The Record produced for St Leonardís Church, Monyash was presented on Sunday 27th October 2013 at the service
The Groupís Record of the contents of Christ Church, Burbage was presented to the parish at the 9.30 am Holy Communion service on Sunday 4th October 2012.   Copies of the Record are also being conveyed to the Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library, to the National Heritage Archive at Swindon to the central Church Buildings Library in London, and to the Derbyshire County Record Office at Matlock.  So one more record joins over two thousand already completed by NADFAS Recorders Groups across the country, to form a very valuable part of our national heritage archive.

During the year 2012 we have spent Tuesday mornings recording the contents of St Leonardís, Monyash and have nearly completed the actual recording.  During the autumn and winter months the Record will be compiled in preparation if its presentation in 2013.

In September 2011 when the Group attended a Sunday morning service at St Giles', Hartington. A presentation of a copy of the Record was made to the Churchwardens.  Other copies have gone to important national heritage libraries.

The Group recorded the contents of St Giles' Church during 2009 and 2010, meeting on Tuesday mornings from March to October.  The compilation and checking of the Record took place over the winter of 2010.

The Group has been recording the contents of Christ Church, Burbage, Buxton during 2011, the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Church.  We hope to complete and present this record during 2012.

After becoming very familiar with a Victorian parish church at Burbage we are moving in 2012 to St  Leonard's,  Monyash where we are starting on Tuesday 13th March to record the contents of this building which has its origins in the 12th century.  We are urgently looking for new members to join us in creating this new record.  If you are interested and wish to find out more please contact Anne or Brian Harris.






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