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Arson-hit church rises from the ashes to be local hub

A historic Grade II-listed church in Birmingham destroyed by fire has recovered to become a thriving community hub.

St Barnabas Church in Erdington was ravaged by fire in an arson attack in 2007, but has recovered so well that it has now been removed from the English Heritage 'at risk' register.

St Barnabas Church in Erdington, which reopened last year after being targeted by arsonists in 2007 Credit: ITV News Central

The church, which dates back to 1824, reopened in December last year with a special dedication ceremony. It is now a popular meeting place for community groups, and holds regular coffee mornings.

The congregation were forced to worship in other locations while the restoration works were carried out.

The church is now used as a community hub Credit: ITV News Central
The interior of the rebuilt St Barnabas Church Credit: ITV News Central

Army of heritage fans to save historic landmarks

An "army" of heritage fans will be recruited to help restore historic listed buildings to their former glory, it was announced today.

As it announces its latest 'at risk' register of landmark buildings slipping into disrepair, English Heritage said it wanted to recruit volunteers for next year to help survey around 345,000 Grade II-listed libraries, homes, factories and other buildings.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, is recruiting volunteers Credit: Chris Ison/PA

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said the scheme is being rolled out after a "successful" trial with 350 volunteers covering seven areas including Worcester.

"It means we will eventually get, for the first time, a complete picture of the condition of all England's listed heritage," he added.

"We can use this information to decide how best to deploy our national expertise to help owners and all those tackling heritage at risk on the ground."

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Roof concerns place manor house on 'at risk' register

The 18th century Manor House at Thorpe Mandeville is among the buildings to be added to the English Heritage 'at risk' register.

There have been concerns over the lack of repairs to the sloping roof, with evidence of slates slipping out of position, missing tiles and leaking gutters.

The Manor House at Thorpe Mandeville Credit: English Heritage

Historic windmill saved thanks to volunteers

A 200-year-old mill in Nottinghamshire has been taken off the English Heritage 'at risk' register thanks to the work of volunteers.

North Leverton Windmill in Retford is among 30 sites in the East Midlands to make it off this year's list.

North Leverton Windmill in Retford is among those landmarks off the 'at risk' register Credit: Steve Etherington/EMPICS Sport

The mill began producing animal feed and flour in 1813 but fell into disrepair.

Thanks to volunteers and local businesses, extensive repairs were carried out and it is now fully operational once more.

Fire-ravaged Birmingham church no longer 'at risk'

An 18th century church in Birmingham which was destroyed in a blaze has been removed from English Heritage's 'at risk' register.

St Barnabas Church in Erdington was reopened last year after the devastating blaze five years earlier.

How it looks today: the rebuilt St Barnabas Church in Erdington Credit: ITV News Central

The blaze ripped through the Grade II-listed building in an arson attack in 2007, taking the roof and most of the stained glass windows with it.

After a huge fundraising effort with more than £5million spent on restoring it, it reopened in December with a special dedication ceremony.

The devastation following the fire in 2007 Credit: ITV News Central

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England's largest St George's flag put up in Nottingham

Council House, Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

The largest St George's flag in England has been placed across the front of the Council House in Nottingham today in celebration of St George's Day.

To mark the occasion, the city hosted a lunch time concert in the Old Market Square with artists playing traditional English Music.

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