Each Diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) which advises the Chancellor upon faculty applications.
The DAC includes members with expertise in particular areas relating to church buildings, such as architecture, organs, archaeology, etc. The DAC’s main role is in advising the Chancellor of the Diocese in connection with applications for faculties to authorise the carrying out of works to churches and churchyards. However, the DAC is always willing to give advice to parishes prior to their making applications for Faculties.
Llandaff DAC members:
The Archdeacon of Llandaff
The Archdeacon of Morgannwg
Ms Tracey Connelly (Local Authorities)
Mr Stefan Horowskyj (Architect)
Canon Steven Kirk
Mrs Judith Leigh (Amenity Societies)
Professor Judi Loach (Architectural Historian)
Canon Philip Masson
Professor Denys Pringle (Archaeology)
Ms Amanda Needham (Architect)
Mr Stephen Moore (Organ Advisor)
Mr David Moore (Bell Advisor)
Mr Oliver Fairclough (Art Advisor)
The fully-completed Faculty form together with PCC Resolution, copy Form 2 and all supporting documentation must be with the Care of Churches department at the Diocesan Office before close of business (5pm) on the following dates:
For the February meeting – Friday 19th January
For the April meeting – by Friday 6th April
For the June meeting – by Friday 18th May
For the July meeting – by Friday 22rd June
For the September meeting – by Friday 24th August
For the October meeting – by Friday 5th October
For the December meeting – by Friday 16th November
Please make sure that full specifications of work are supplied together with supporting plans (A3 is the largest size we can photocopy) and photographs (preferably digital). Incomplete information may mean that consideration of your application has to be adjourned to the next meeting.
Note that the final decision on any faculty application rests with the Chancellor of the Diocese, His Honour Judge Andrew Keyser QC. It is the Chancellor alone who may grant a faculty – the DAC may only recommend a proposal.
The Church in Wales has produced guidance on various topics relevant to church buildings. Click the link below to find these:
Practical information and guidance for parishes on how to best care for your church
The Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment division. Cadw’s mission is to protect, conserve, and to promote an appreciation of the built heritage of Wales.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
Advises on the care of old buildings, runs training courses and campaigns to save buildings at risk.
ICON – The Conservation Register
Holds information on conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland. You can use this website to find a local conservator-restorer and for guidance on caring for art, antiques and decorative features of buildings.
The Twentieth Century Society
Aims to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
The Victorian Society
The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts.
The Ancient Monuments Society
Dedicated to the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship in the UK.
The Georgian Group
The group campaigns against the neglect, maltreatment and destruction of Georgian buildings, parks and gardens in England and Wales.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage and repair grants.
Llandaff & Monmouth Diocesan Association of Bell Ringers
Bell ringing information and advice. Limited grants may be available for bell restoration. See Bell Restoration Fund (BRF) entry under the “Association” menu.
Church of England “Churchcare” site
Maintaining a church involves a myriad of different tasks from Health and Safety issues to repairing roofs, from insuring the church to fundraising. The website is a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone involved in the running of a church.NB this is a C of E site so not all regulations will apply to Wales.
Churchyards and their care