Training – information and events
For repairs, maintenance, organising and funding church building projects and related subjects from the DAC team. See also DAC Events.
Gutters, Drains and Other Things of the Kingdom
Sessions for churchwardens in each archdeaconry during September/October will include contributions on Basic Maintenance and Understanding and Using QI Reports from the DAC team. Look out for details.
Past events – programmes and presentations
Online workshop for Quinquennial Inspectors, Friday 9th July 2021
This Zoom workshop covered delivering net zero carbon, best practice Quinquennial Inspections, funding challenges, repairs and maintenance, revised guidance and DAC updates.
Inspectors working in the Diocese and and DAC members spoke and those taking part debated hot topics. Here are the workshop programme and recording of the workshop.
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.
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
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 – Presentation, videos 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) – Introduction, Maintenance, Managing 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
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)
The Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising is a valuable source for all sorts of information about fundraising.
It can give support and training for those working with heritage. At the time of writing (August 2021) it is offering a ‘Rebuilding Heritage’ programme.