Here come the heroes

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Coun­try -

The 12 fi­nal­ists for this year’s his­toric eng­land An­gel Awards have been an­nounced. An ap­pren­tice mason who braved storms, fog and high winds to save a Lundy Is­land land­mark, broth­ers who trans­formed derelict Vic­to­rian baths into an in­door BMX park and a mile­stone devo­tee who has res­cued more than 150 mark­ers —and en­listed the help of The Prince of Wales in paint­ing Ro­man nu­mer­als on the Am­ner mile­stone on the San­dring­ham estate—are among the short­list of in­di­vid­u­als and groups who de­vote their time and en­ergy to en­sur­ing the sur­vival of his­toric sites.

A win­ner from each of four cat­e­gories will be se­lected by an ex­pert judg­ing panel, which in­cludes the Dean of West­min­ster, Baroness Young and his­toric eng­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Duncan Wil­son and is chaired by Andrew Lloy­d­web­ber, whose foun­da­tion also sup­ports the awards. The pub­lic has the chance to nom­i­nate two sep­a­rate win­ners—the his­toric eng­land Fol­low­ers’ and Tele­graph Read­ers’ Favourite awards. Visit www.his­tori­ceng­land.org.uk/an­gelawards to have your say; vot­ing closes on Novem­ber 5.

Since the eng­land awards launched in 2011, a Scot­tish her­itage An­gel Awards was founded in 2014 and the North­ern Ire­land her­itage An­gel Awards this year. Now, for the first time, Lord Lloyd-web­ber and a judge from each coun­try that hosts an An­gel Awards scheme will de­cide on an over­all win­ner. Spon­sored by Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion, the cham­pion will be an­nounced at the his­toric eng­land An­gel Awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don in Novem­ber.

‘I am al­ways im­pressed by the tire­less com­mit­ment shown by our An­gel Award nom­i­nees,’ says Mr Wil­son. ‘The va­ri­ety of this year’s short­list proves there are so many dif­fer­ent ways to en­gage with our rich le­gacy of his­toric build­ings and places and, as ever, the judg­ing panel will have their work cut out to choose the win­ners. It is es­sen­tial that we cham­pion the vol­un­teers and her­itage pro­fes­sion­als whose work en­sures we can con­tinue to en­joy eng­land’s won­der­ful his­toric sites for gen­er­a­tions to come.’

A mile­stone be­fore and af­ter it was res­cued

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