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Training – information and events

For repairs, maintenance, organising and funding church building projects and related subjects from the DAC team. See also DAC Events.

Upcoming 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.

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)

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.



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