Changes to faculty rules from 1st July 2022
The national Church of England has changed some of the faculty rules to encourage churches to make changes that would help in our drive to become carbon net zero by 2030. You can read more about those changes here.
Much of the challenge regarding turning our church buildings carbon-neutral revolves around our heating systems and the way we use energy to heat and light those buildings. We've asked the University of Portsmouth to do some energy audits on four specific churches, to give us an idea of what is involved in older and newer buildings, urban and rural settings, and with larger and smaller congregations. Why not download the audit from the church that is the most similar to yours and see what they say?
Extension of LPOW
The government has formally confirmed the extension of the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (LPWGS) until March 2025.
Central contents register
Please find below the links for the Central Contents Register.
If you are not aware of what this is, Church Commissioners produce a list every quarter of ecclesiastical items that are in need of relocation i.e. pews, fonts etc. There is also a list of items that parishes are looking out for.
Remember to inform Vivienne Chick (details on the covering letter below) if you want to add or remove an item from the list.
|Covering letter (January 2020)||DFOs (January 2020)|
|Suppliers (January 2020)||Disclaimer (January 2020)|
|Items wanted (January 2020)||Items for sale (January 2020)|
Services currently available include gutter clearance, lightning protection system inspections, tree surveys and surgery and asbestos maintenance.
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New guidance on metal roof covering
When lead or copper roof coverings have been stolen, Historic England understands it may be too risky to replace with the same materials. It has found that the most appropriate and long-lasting alternative is terne-coated stainless steel; although for some buildings zinc, slates or tiles may be options. A good specification and experienced contractors are key to ensuring the performance of the replacement roof covering. HE has now published technical guidance about using terne-coated stainless steel for church roofs to address commonly raised questions.
Grants of £1,000 are available to churches for roof alarms from Allchurches Trust. This has been provided to county historic churches trusts and dioceses on the basis of a £1,000 grant per church. To see if you are in an eligible area visit the National Churches Trust website.