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Repairing and Developing your Church

Repairs

Most churches in our diocese are medieval. It is important to use the correct materials and methods for repair and to seek professional advice.

Your architect or surveyor should produce a specification and schedule of works which describes the repair and details the materials to be used. The DAC will need to see this. The archdeacon will usually be able to authorise the repair without the need for a faculty but the paperwork will need to be seen by a DAC representative. Please allow four weeks for this process. The PDF downloads below are designed to guide you through this process.


Improvements

Churches do develop over time and they need to change to accommodate new needs or liturgical practice. However, PCCs need to make the case for such changes and this is done through the production of a Statement of Needs and a Statement of Significance.

The DAC may wish to visit the church to discuss your plans in the context of the building. Draft Statements are useful tools to prepare the DAC for the visit. The DAC may want other organisations to be part of the visit as they will have a say in allowing the works to proceed. Groups such as Historic England, the SPAB, the Victorian Society and the national Church Buildings Council won’t attend a site visit until they have seen your draft Statements.

Resources for community use

How can you open up your church more effectively to the local community or make the building better fit for mission? What are the practicalities of embarking on a community-led project? Here are some useful resources.


Maintaining Your Church

Churches are stout and simple and little can go wrong as long as you clean out gutters, downpipes and gullies. Regular maintenance can prevent costly repairs but sometimes past mistakes have to be remedied and major projects undertaken.

Who can help?

The National Churches Trust offers a comprehensive guide to caring for your church building including examples of maintenance calendars for regular checks on the aspects to keep an eye on. There’s also a helpful section on health and safety issues.

Managing your building/ Webpage - https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/building-advice/managing-your-building

Health and safety

If compliance with health and safety rules keeps you awake at night, Ecclesiastical Insurance has reassuring videos and downloadable guides to help you

Extra help

The Churchcare website offers help with caring for your building from quinquennial inspections and insurance to churchyards and archaeology. There’s an excellent Calendar of Care with a helpful checklist for every month of the year.

The Building Conservation website is a mine of information and you can search for building materials and practices.

Church Care | Webpage

Online faculty portal

Applications for faculties can be made using the online faculty portal. All supporting documents can be uploaded and regular emails inform you of your case's process through the system. Once registered you can apply for all future applications electronically.

Online Faculty Portal | Webpage

Emergencies

If an emergency repair is necessary then please contact your Archdeacon or the DAC Secretary.

Building Conservation | Webpage



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