Development and repair
...put Protection in the place of Restoration, to stave off decay by daily care...William Morris, SPAB Manifesto 1877
Repairs and Maintenance
Regular maintenance is vital for any buildings, but especially so for an historic church. Start with the absolute basics - annual gutter and drain clearance. You WILL save money and effort in the longer term! Use a simple maintenance schedule to plan ahead - see below. Act on your architect's recommendations in your QI report. If you think you can't afford the work our Parish Resources team can help.
Remember you will need permission for most work in or on a church. See our DAC and Faculties page.
The Diocesan Grants Committee can award grants for church building repair and development up to a maximum value of £4000. Apply here
All consecrated churches are required to be inspected once every 5 years (a quinquennial inspection or QI) by an approved architect or surveyor. Their report should be used by your PCC to schedule maintenance and repairs over the following 5 year period. You'll receive a letter to let you know when your inspection is due and the Diocese pays the cost of the inspection. For more advice on how the QI system works, what to expect from your report and inspection, as well as selecting approved architects and surveyors, please contact us
Help and advice on repairs and maintenance
Change and Development
We're keen to develop the sustainable use of our church buildings so that they have a wider use in our communities. Perhaps you're wondering where to start with this, or whether you'll get permission to make changes? Sarah Perons, our Church Development Officer is here to help. She's looking at simplifying the management of buildings, working with parishes to explore additional uses for their buildings, as well as a new environmental sustainability project for churches and churchyards. Contact Sarah
Help and advice on project management and church development