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The DAC Awards

by Helen Clemow last modified 24 Jun, 2019 03:59 PM

Exceptional applications which stand out.

During the course of its work, the DAC receives a great number of applications for advice on a wide range of proposals for churches.

Some of these applications stand out as exceptional – sometimes for the works proposed, but often for the preparation and management of a scheme from inception to the formal submission of application papers.

The Committee looked to find a way of recognizing and honouring the work and dedication of those responsible for these applications and decided to establish an award scheme.

The scheme is deliberately wide-ranging to reflect the broad range of applications looked at by the DAC but quality, presentation and result will always be prime considerations.


  • Great Cheverell St Peter for the "ambulant disabled" standard toilet, where previously there was no mains water or drainage
  • Heytesbury St Peter and St Paul for the replacement chancel lighting scheme, using programmable LEDs
  • Seend Holy Cross for a new toilet block in what was once a bier store
  • Great Bedwyn St Mary for meeting the challenge of cleaning a Grade 2 Walker Organ with 610 pipes, acquired from Romsey Abbey
  • Combe Bissett St Michael and All Angels for a sensitive, successful design for a 'Lest We Forget' Remembrance east window, facing a war memorial



  • Alton Barnes St Mary the Virgin for the major scheme of internal and external repair and conservation, new electrics, lighting and under-pew heating
  • Milton-on-Stour St Simon and St Jude for structural works to floor, major re-ordering and extension
  • Salisbury St Francis for extension to south side of church, new vestry and quiet room, new kitchen and storage, external access and planting


  • Downton St Laurence for a scheme of re-ordering and the provision of facilities, including a meeting room, lavatories and a servery, re-ordering of pews, ramped access and the introduction of a nave dais. Also, the installation of new porch doors
  • Warmwell Holy Trinity for the re-roofing of the nave


  • Bradford on Avon Holy Trinity for a major scheme of re-ordering, extension and development
  • Cranborne St Mary with St Bartholomew for the installation of a new lighting scheme
  • Damerham St George an extension for a lavatory between the south porch and the tower
  • Salisbury St Thomas Beckett for the new inner glass porch and glazed outer doors at the west end of the church
  • Tolpuddle St John the Evangelist for the extension for a lavatory, installation of a kitchenette/servery and re-ordering of the north transept


  • Blandford Forum St Peter and St Paul for the high tower and cupola repairs and improvements to access
  • Calne St Mary for the installation of a new gas fired water heating system
  • Mere St Michael the Archangel for the conservation of the King James II Coat of Arms
  • Moreton St Nicholas for the installation of the Laurence Whistler "Forgiveness Window"
  • Wareham Lady St Mary for the installation of anew gas boiler and associated works


  • Hawkchurch St John the Baptist for repairs and restoration to the bells and bell frame
  • Royal Wootton Bassett St Bartholomew and All Saints for re-ordering of the nave platform, Choir and Lady Chapel, new lighting and redecoration of the church
  • Woodford All Saints for the memorial window to David and Anne Rasch by Thomas Denny


  • Boyton St Mary the Virgin for the conservation of stained glass of international importance
  • Maiden Newton St Mary for restoration of the church following fire damage and re-ordering of the nave and south aisle
  • Puddletown St Mary the Virgin for the conservation of monuments in the Athelhampton Chapel
  • Salisbury St Martin for improvements to arrangements at the west entrance to the church


  • Fifield Bavant St Martin for proposals to renew electrics, installation of new heating and lighting, cleaning of the font, provision of new storage
  • Little Langford St Nicholas of Mira for proposals for a new bellcote


  • Chickerell St Mary for a two-storey extension on the north side of the chancel for a new vestry, lavatory and kitchen on the ground floor, with a meeting room on the second floor  and  major re-ordering of  the church interior
  • Savernake Forest St Katharine for an application to install a Griffen and Stroud organ at the west end of the church
  • Erlestoke Holy Saviour for a scheme involving the installation of lavatories, a kitchen area and new doorway  with ramped access on the north side of the church.  Also, moving the organ to the west end of the nave and re-positioning the font to provide space for the new facilities and for other community functions 

2009 DAC Awards

  • Lyme Regis St Michael the Archangel for a very fine organ case
  • Pimperne St Peter for a parish room on the north side of the church
  • Semley St Leonard for a replacement statue of a horseman by Mark Coreth

2008 DAC Awards

  • Homington St Mary the Virgin for a memorial to Professor Sir Ian McGregor
  • West Moors St Mary the Virgin for a new church hall

2007 DAC Awards

  • Beaminster St Mary of the Annunciation for the re-ordering of the Hillary Chapel
  • Nether Compton St Nicholas for the re-ordering of the north aisle and east end of the nave

2006 DAC Awards

  • Aldbourne St Michael for the refurbishment and re-instatement of the clock
  • Child Okeford St Nicholas for the re-ordering of the vestry to provide WC and storage
  • Marden All Saints for the proposals for a new panelled vestry, re-instatement of the west doors and storage facilities
  • Wyke Regis All Saints for a scheme involving alterations to the ground floor of the tower, to include the installation of a WC and kitchen facilities, upgrading of the choir vestry and alterations and repositioning of the tower screen

2005 DAC Awards

  • St Thomas’ Salisbury for works to the church’s ringing chamber
  • St Lawrence’s Hilmarton, whose scheme included tuning and re-hanging the church bells and improving visitor access to the bell tower
  • Christ Church, Warminster for its major re-ordering project conducted in 2004

All applications for DAC formal advice (given on a Notification of Advice) are automatically considered for an Award.

Contact the DAC:
01722 438654
Fax: 01722 411990 

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