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Please continue to let us know what is happening to help secure the future of historic religious buildings, so we can share it with others. The deadline for information to go in the next e-newsletter is Friday 28 October. Please email:

1. HRBA’s BIG UPDATE on Wednesday 30th November at St Albans Centre, Holborn, Central London
The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance's BIG UPDATE is your chance to keep up to date with what's happening to secure the future of historic religious buildings, and to chat to others with similar interests and concerns. The only event of its kind, it’s friendly, lively, and informal, combining short talks with time for questions and discussion. This year’s topics will be as wide ranging as ever. Confirmed presentations will be:
1. A new pilot maintenance initiative for places of worship across Yorkshire - Michael Murray, NCT
2. an update on Some Contemporary Challenges being faced by the Roman Catholic Church - Sophie Andreae, Vice Chairman Patrimony Committee, Chairman Patrimony Sub-Committee
3. The SPAB History at Your Feet project - floors: threats to and preservation of – Emma Lawrence, Head of Casework   SPAB
4. An update on the Cathedral and Church Buildings Sustainability Review
5. A system for automatically opening and locking church doors - Rachel Morley, Regional Estate Officer, CCT
6. A digital heritage information product that can be used to offer information to visitors via their smartphones and tablets - Neil Rathbone, Director, Webnebulus
7. How community-led planning practices can help churches – the Open University, Empowering Design Project
8. St Anne’s Church, Highgate, London and Power Up North London – putting solar panels up on the church roof and raising the money through selling community shares
You can now book via EVENTBRITE. We look forward to seeing you there!


2. 2016 the SPAB's Maintenance Co-ops Project Conference, Friends House, Euston, London 3 October
This final, free conference of the SPAB’s Maintenance Co-operatives Project will celebrate the project’s successes and look forward to what will happen after it finishes in March 2017. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for Maintenance Surgeries with members of the SPAB’s Technical Team to get advice on particular issues or problems at your place of worship.
3. Churchyard Trees Conferences, the Conservation Foundation
Liverpool – 6 October
London – 2 November
The conferences will support you to care for churchyard trees, reveal their importance to the community, and identify and record them. Speakers will include historic landscapes consultant Dr Hilary Taylor, arboricultural consultant Russell Ball, Caring for Gods Acre, and many more.
4. Rural Dreams and Visions – Releasing Hope in Norfolk, on Saturday 8 October 2016
A one day FREE conference focusing on enabling Christians in rural congregations to reach their communities through mission and the re-imagining of their churches and chapels.
The programme for the day will include brief talks from rural churches featuring re-ordering your church; lay led ministry and how to engage your communities in developing your plans.
As a practical exercise, the afternoon will be spent working in groups on a case study of a Norfolk church which faces the problem of a large, cold building, supported by a tiny congregation, set within a medium sized village.
5. Presentation of Major Parish Churches Research, 11 October (Doncaster) and 12 October (London)
 The event will present the findings of a research project commissioned by Historic England in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Greater Churches Network, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division and Doncaster Minster. This research focuses on highly significant buildings that provide functions and services to local and regional communities in addition to parish ministry. It has explored the current physical condition and the resources available to maintain, repair, manage and sustain these buildings.
To book your place – please register for ONE event only using the links below. If you are unable to attend, but would like a colleague to attend in your place, please forward them the links below.
Doncaster, 11th October, 13:30 – 16:00:
Christ Church Spitalfields, London, 12th October, 13:30 – 16:00:
6. Green Men and Griffins: Conference and Exhibition, 15 October, Hereford Cathedral
The culmination of Hereford Cathedral’s St John’s Walk restoration project is this conference offering insights into the challenges and excitement experienced when working on ancient buildings. Tickets are £15 which includes entry to the ‘What Lies Beneath’ exhibition showing recent discoveries and a Turner painting of the Walk. Tickets are available from the Cathedral shop or contact
7. The Churches Visitor and Tourism Association’s Annual Symposium, Saturday 22 October 2016
The 2016 Symposium is taking place in the Library of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans.
This will be an interactive workshop thinking about and discussing ‘The Contribution of Church Buildings to the Mission of the Church’. For more information and a booking form click here
8. Heritage & Research: bridging the gap, 26 October 2016, in Central London
This eighth Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate will explore how heritage research influences public and private sector decision-making – or not. Millions of choices are made in the property industry and by modest private owners every day, while champions like The Heritage Alliance need to access relevant and timely evidence to support their advocacy.
9. A Cachemaille-Day Day: a Study Trip to Some of his Churches in South and East London, 20th Century Society, 29 October
A C 20 Society Church Crawl focusing on the work the prolific and accomplished church architect, Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day famed for his expressionistic brick churches in the 1930's and his concrete framed churches of the 1950's some with fine glass and sculpture.
10. Scottish Catholic Architecture and Material Culture, Scottish Catholic Historical Association, Saturday, 29 October 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A one day conference exploring the heritage of the Catholic faith in Scotland. Book at
11. Training session on Energy Efficiency for Places of Worship, the SPAB’s Maintenance Co-Operatives Project, St Cuthbert's Plumbland, 9 November
This training will be delivered by Emma Greenshaw of Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS). Contact Sue Manson for info/booking if outside the Binsey area, 07776 197143
12. FRH Biennial conference, Vicenza, Italy, 9-11 November
Registration is now open for the fifth Future for Religious Heritage’s international conference. The theme is Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe. The three days will be dedicated to a keynote address, workshops, a plenary session and visits to the area. 
13. Care and Repair of Old Floors Seminar, the SPAB, Manchester Town Hall, 15 November
Responding to concerns raised about the loss of historic floors, especially those in historic places of worship, the SPAB have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the value of old floors and are also holding this major one-day seminar on caring and repairing old floors..

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14. St Paul’s Church, Chester on Top Ten Endangered Buildings list
St Paul's Church, Boughton, Chester, Cheshire (Grade II* 1876, extended 1902 John Douglas) has been included in the Victorian Society’s 2016 list of the Top Ten Endangered Buildings in England and Wales.
15. Churches switch to renewable energy
More than 3,500 churches have switched their electricity from fossil fuels to renewable energy, or have registered to do so, according to research published by Christian charities,  and nearly 700 churches from across denominations have so far individually signed up through the website promoted by Christian Aid and Tearfund.
16. Church of England Parish Finance statistics for 2014
The Church of England has published parish finance statistics for 2014. They reveal a record level of giving with total planned giving up £6 million at £329 million and total direct giving up £71 million at £481 million. Total parish income from giving, investments and other income sources was £989 million - an increase of £36 million on the previous year. Expenditure levels also rose by £28 million to £948 million in 2014, leaving the 12,000 parishes a surplus of £41 million over expenditure.
17. ChurchCare’s 2015 Grant Report for 2015
ChurchCare has published its grant report for 2015. Giving for 2015 included 29 grants amounting to £6,679,125 awarded to English Cathedrals through the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund and a total of £357,000 to churches for fabric repairs. Read the full report at

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18. The National Churches Trust has published the results of its Grants Stakeholder Consultation
The Consultation was based on a 12 question survey carried out in April 2016.  Responses were sought from grant-aided churches and amongst the wider church and heritage sector. You can read the results here:
19. Gloucester Cathedral is installing 200 solar panels
An integral part of their Project Pilgrim, Gloucester Cathedral has launched a new appeal to fund the placement of up to 200 solar panels on the South Nave roof of Gloucester Cathedral. They believe they are the oldest cathedral in England, possibly even the world to embrace this technology. It is anticipated that this will reduce the cathedral's annual energy costs by 25%, enough to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year! You can find out how you can sponsor a panel here:
20. Join FRH’s Conference on tourism, pilgrimage and religious heritage, November 2016 Italy
 The European network Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) will have its Biennial Conference from 9-11 November 2016 in Vicenza, Italy. Once again, it will bring together those committed to save and promote religious heritage across Europe (and beyond). Registration is open and you are welcome to join.
The Conference "Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe" will examine pilgrimage in both its traditional and modern sense. As such, it will likewise be an example of how to involve and engage people in religious heritage.
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21. The National Secular Society (NSS) queries state funding for churches
The NSS recently published a blog querying why so much money appears to be flowing from the Treasury to the Church of England to pay for repairs. “It would be interesting to know who accepts that the organisation owning 16,000 properties should not have to pay for them…..”
22. AIM Launches Admissions Charging Research
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just published new research which will help museums understand the impact of charging for admission, or not, on all aspects of operating a successful museum. Whilst acknowledging that charging for entry to places of worship raises particular issues, some of the findings may be of interest to cathedrals and churches who are thinking of introducing charging.
23. Reform to the Law Governing Burial and Cremation
Law Commission is considering wider matters of burial and cremation and whether the law on these matters needs revising as the 'the current legislation governing burial is inconsistent and spread across various Acts and Church Measures, some of which date back to the 19th century. It isn't as yet a formal consultation, but you can read more about the background on the Society of Antiquities website here

24. 2016 Church Architecture Awards shortlists announced
Three shortlists for the 2016 Church Architecture Awards have been announced by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust. Winning entries will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday, 3 November 2016.
25. Shortlist announced: Vote for your Angel
You have until 12 October to vote for your favourite Historic England Angel. These annual awards celebrate the efforts of local people who have saved historic buildings and places. The shortlisted entries are to be judged by a panel of experts for the five award categories, but the public has the chance to determine the winner of the sixth award. See the shortlist and vote here:
26. Reminder: Best Church Monument Guide Competition
The Church Monuments Society (CMS) is running a competition to find the best church guide book.
In 2016/17, the CMS will award a prize of £200 for the church guide or leaflet which provides the best guide to that church's funerary and other monuments. The closing date is 31 December 2016.

27. CVS Fundraising Training, Penrith Rugby Club, Winters Park, Penrith CA11 8RG, 15 November
This session has been specifically developed by Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service for church and faith based groups. It will provide an essential guide to identifying and applying for suitable funding for your church building, groups and community support. It will also include guidance on application form completion, monitoring and evaluation and much more.
Fee: £40 per person  (non- member)
Fee: £10 per person (CVS member*)
If your organisation becomes a member of Cumbria CVS (£30), the fee for this training will just be £10 as part of a one-off special introductory offer. * Membership of Cumbria CVS gives you access to reduced rates services, including training and a range of other benefits. To book visit:   
28. Two Giving to Heritage fundraising training workshops: London and Leeds

1. A new workshop Crowdfunding for Heritage & Using your Networks for Fundraising on 4  October 2016 at Stephens House & Gardens, London N3
This workshop demonstrates how to setup an effective crowdfunding project, including what type of projects and platforms are good for heritage organisations, how to use crowdfunding in your mix of other fundraising activities, and how to make best use of your networks. Case studies of successful (and unsuccessful) projects will be provided.

2.A workshop on Using Digital and Social Media on 6 October at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds.
This one day workshop is designed to help heritage organisations make the most of digital and social media tools to generate income and supports. It will give you some practical ideas to assist your organisation, assuming you have limited time and resources to fundraise and to extend that fundraising into the digital realm.
29. Historic England is running a free course on Managing Historic Places of Worship
Historic England are running a free day course designed especially for church officers and volunteers responsible for the fabric of a listed building. Some of Historic England’s key advisors will be on hand to help you think through your plans for maintaining, repairing developing and adapting your building – finding solutions which help you sustain and enhance it.
The courses are being run in the following locations:
30. More than Bricks and Stones: a training day on Unlocking the Potential of Heritage
Taking place on 24 November 2016 at St Clement's Church, Nottinghill, London and run by the National Churches Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the day will help you unlock the potential of your building's heritage and find tangible solutions to the challenge of engaging people with its architecture and history.
31. Study days on outcomes for people – HLF Applicants – London and Newcastle
If you are considering applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund, it is crucial to understand the range of criteria needed for a successful application, and then to put that into practice when delivering projects large or small. In association with the Heritage Lottery Fund and its Participation & Learning team, The Heritage Alliance is very pleased to announce two participant study days. These are focused on achieving HLF’s outcomes for people, including those to support learning, volunteering and skills development, as well as working with new audiences.
  • A London Workshop is taking place at the London Transport Museum on 28 October 2016
  • A Newcastle Workshop is taking place at The Institute of Mining in Newcastle Upon Tyne on 30 November 2016.
32. Toilets for Rural Churches
Installing a toilet in your church can make all the different to what activities can take place there.  Many of our rural churches are still not on main drainage and it is very expensive to get connected so a waterless or dry toilet can be an answer. Because there is a need from other organisations such as campsites, allotments etc. for such a facility, there are now several companies to chose from. The following are two which the HRBA have come across:
Natsol and Eco-toilets Obviously we cannot recommend either of these or any other company above another so bear in mind that there are other models of such toilet available and make sure you do some thorough research to get the best option for your church.
33. Counter Terrorism Advice for Churches from National Churchwatch
National Churchwatch is a multi-faith organisation dedicated to reducing crime in places of worship. It offers specialised advice on a variety of issues, including personal safety and building security.  On 30 August, National Churchwatch published a guidance note on Counter Terrorism Advice for Churches.

 It should be stressed that this is not advice from the Home Office itself. The National Counter Terroism Security Office's (part of the Home Office) advice on Counter Terroism Protective Security Advice for Places of Worship (2009) can be downloaded from here
34. Community Business Bright Ideas Fund launched on 30 September 2016
This £1.85 million Fund offers around 80 community groups, who work in England, with up to 15 days of tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their budding community business ideas. Jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the two-year programme will be delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality. It aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up their community business.
35. The Prince's Countryside Fund opened on 19th September 2016
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is now open for applications from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK. The aim of the funding is to have a long-term positive impact on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside by tackling key rural issues.
36. Big Lottery Fund Adds £4.1m to Celebrate UK
Celebrate UK provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies to hold one-off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important. This could be, for example, an event such as the Queen’s 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know the neighbours better.   
37. Aviva Invites Applications for UK Wide Community Fund
Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local residents. The grants will support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really cares about and are charitable in nature.,380AG,CBSZBZ,BL6QP,1

38. England's Historic Churches by Train by Murray Naylor
Travelling across England by train, Naylor selects thirty-two historic churches, relating their history and identifying those aspects which a visitor might overlook. A companion volume to England's Cathedrals by train, he provides further thought on how the Normans and Victorians helped to shape our lives, either in constructing cathedrals and churches or inventing railways.


39. The Heritage Lottery Fund are looking to recruit committee members for their various Committees
They are looking for applications from a wide range of people who will bring a range of skills and experience to the organisation.
This can mean a professional background in the heritage sector; a community or voluntary sector background, or for example, experience in economic regeneration, tourism, education or in the commercial sector. Members share their experience and learn from others on the committee. Many have found their committee member role has offered a personal development opportunity and has provided them with transferable skills which have helped further their careers. Closing date 3 October 2016.,4I9NM,5M6HB3,GO3AZ,1
40. National Churches Trust - Grants Committee members
The National Churches Trust’s Grants Committee has a responsibility towards allocating the Trust’s annual grants budget, which currently stands at £1,400,000, across a range of its grants programmes. The Committee meets three times a year to make the final decision on awards towards the repair, community, Cinnamon and project viability and development programmes. In addition it is approached via email four times a year to approve Partnership Grants. Further details about each of the grant programmes can be found on the website
They are looking for a new member to join them in 2017. They are interested in a mixture of backgrounds, skills and experiences but will be prioritising their search on a member with experience of leading a church building project, or of engaging the public with church heritage. Committee members are normally appointed for three years with potential for a second term. Members may on occasion be asked to attend opening services or to make post-award monitoring visits.
If you are interested please send them your CV and a covering letter expressing your interest by 14 October 2016. Please also save the date of 1 December 2016 to observe their grants committee meeting. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 31 October or 7 November 2016 at the NCT offices at 7 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QB.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Catherine Townsend, Grants Manager, on 020 7227 1933, or by email at
41. Voluntary DAC Caseworkers sought for the Diocese of Birmingham
The Chair of the Birmingham DAC is seeking to fill the following caseworker roles for the current six-year committee cycle of 2016-2021:
  • Architects with experience of work to listed buildings
  • Advisers on mechanical, electrical and heating systems
  • Advisers on churchyard maintenance, ecology and sustainability
  • Advisers on audio-visual systems
  • Advisers on accessibility and health and safety

The deadline for applications is 1st November 2016. For more information go to

42. Cathedral Archaeologist for Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Cathedral wishes to appoint a Cathedral Archaeologist to act as the professional advisor to the Chapter on all matters for which it has archaeological responsibility. Expressions of interest must be received by 24 October.
43. Interim Trust Administrator for Historic Chapels Trust
 3 days a week, fixed term to March 2017
Based St Georges German Church, Aldgate
Computer proficiency & admin experience essential
£18k (30k pro rata) for part time hours
Immediate start
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The deadline for information to go in the next e-newsletter is Friday 28 October though earlier submissions are encouraged! Please email:

Lucy Jacob
HRBA Newsletter Editor
1 October 2016

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