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Training – information and events

Upcoming events

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Past events – programmes and presentations

Faculty Rules and other training

An update on the law and guidance on Quinquennial Inspections and Professional Advisers including appointing an Inspector was part of the workshops for parishes in early 2020.

See DAC Events for the presentations.


From Vision to Reality: Developing your project and making it happen

Whether it’s repairs, new facilities or spaces, or other changes to your church building, this day workshop will take you from having the right goal and project to finding the resources to deliver it.

Saturday 11 January, 2020 – St Lawrence Church, High Street, Abbots Langley WD5 0AS.

Programme and speakers

Welcome slide

Developing a Vision – Becky Payne’s presentation

Developing the right project – Wendy Coombey’s presentation

St Nicholas, Stevenage – Anthony Taylor’s presentation

St Mary, Luton – Revd Mike Jones’ presentation

Fundraising – Helen Simpkiss’ presentation

St Michael, Shefford – Pat Goulding and Revd Roni Goodman’s presentation

St Leonard, Flamstead – Revd Thomas Sander’s presentation

Help available from the Diocese – Emma Critchley’s notes and David Bevan’s presentation 

Thanks to everyone who came, contributed and made it such a successful and enjoyable day. And extra thanks to Carol, Andy and Lucy who made us so welcome at St Lawrence.


Church Maintenance Workshop for St Albans Parishes

How to organise maintenance by contractors and the safe cleaning of your church

Saturday 24 November, 2018 – St Stephen’s Church, Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2PT

The programme

Maintenance, contractors and specialists: advice from a church architect – Mark Eddison – Presentation and notes

Organising maintenance by contractors – David Bevan – Presentation

MaintenanceBooker: booking contractors online – Cicely Barnett – Presentationvideos and contact details and contractors involved

Safe cleaning and conservation: caring for your church and its contents – Claire Fry – Presentation and further information and contact details

This workshop complemented the Church Maintenance Workshop held in April which introduced maintenance and focused on the role of parish volunteers – see two entries below for the programme and presentations.


Training for churchwardens 2018

Sessions for new (and some continuing) churchwardens took place in June, July and September for the St Albans, Bedford and Hertford Archdeaconries.

Presentations given by the DAC Pastoral and Advisory Secretary and Historic Church Buildings Support Officer – some of which overlap – are here:

Caring for and changing your church building – the DAC

Caring for your church and working with your architect

Helping your church and making a big noise

QI reports, follow-up and help

Lynne Ingham, Church Insurance Consultant at Ecclesiastical Insurance, provided an introduction to Insurance and Risk Management, which covered the following areas: Background to Ecclesiastical; Valuations; Insurance cover; Advice & Guidance; and Claims. Further information on these topics can be found on the Ecclesiastical website, Church Matters, by following this link .

Architect Mike Dales’ presentation to Bedford Archdeaconry churchwardens is not included because the picture slides were a prompt to his talk and are not helpful on their own.


Church Maintenance Workshop for St Albans Parishes

Regular maintenance and how parishes and volunteers should go about it

14 April 2018 – St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF

Programme and presentations by James Innerdale (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) – IntroductionMaintenanceManaging Maintenance and Baseline Survey and Maintenance Plans

For information on SPAB’s Faith in Maintenance and Maintenance Co-operatives Project click here


Church architects and surveyors – summer workshop

30 June 2017 – St Andrew’s Centre, St Andrew’s Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ

Programme and presentations


Tackling Church Repairs – Parish Workshop

A workshop for parishes on organising and funding church repair projects

25 March 2017 – Linslade Community Hall, St Barnabas Church, Waterloo Road, Linslade LU7 2NR

Programme, presentations and other useful information

Feature on SeeRound Online (April 17 Page 4)


Training for Heritage Fundraisers

The Institute of Fundraising provides workshops, one-to-one sessions and webinairs (online presentations)

The webinairs include case studies which may not be the same as your church project but give good and creative ideas you can use. See:

  • Fundraising Planning & Developing a Mixed Fundraising Mode (St John the Baptist, Kingston Lisle)
  • Case for Support – St Nicholas Chapel
  • The Case for Support & Getting Your Message Right

Other helpful webinairs cover Event Fundraising, Digital Fundraising and Trusts, Foundations & Appeals.

The Institute of Fundraising is a valuable source for all sorts of information about fundraising.

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