Technical Advice


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Health and Safety
Information to help PCCs ensure that the buildings and the people using them are kept safe

Means of escape
PCCs must ensure that there are adequate means of escape available to people whenever there is an event being held in the church

Frequently asked questions
Commonly-asked topics

Working on Churches
Legal position

Toilets and kitchens
Improving visitor facilities through capital redevelopment projects to install toilets, kitchenettes or tea stations.

SmartWater
SmartWater is a solution applied to lead with a unique forensic code which allows stolen lead to be identified back to its source.

Development and adaptation of church buildings
Many churches identify a need to adapt their church building to enhance worship. This can be a controversial issue.

Plaques
Diocesan guidance on the installation of memorial plaques in churches

Organs
Advice and links about maintaining pipe organs and replacing them

Metal Theft
Advice on assessing your particular risk, preventive measures, and what to do if you do suffer a lead theft

Noticeboards
Replacement of a church noticeboard will require a formal faculty application unless the materials, size and design are either a purely like-for-like with the old noticeboard and in line with the diocesan standard

Lighting
Lighting has a profound effect on the ambience of a church. You therefore need to consider a new light system really carefully, with advice from your church architect and possibly also a dedicated lighting consultant.

Lightning Protection
A lightning strike to a church can be devastating. A large church might expect to be struck by lightning once every 50 years. It's important to have suitable protection in place

Heritage Crime
Advice about minimising and reporting crime against church buildings and in churchyards

Heating
Advice about the nature and timing of work to heating systems.

Furniture
Many churches possess historic pews, furniture and other woodwork, all of which call for careful proactive maintenance.

Gutters
An overview of an essential aspect of annual church maintenance

Floodlighting
Floodlighting your church building can be an effective mission activity and/or security improvement.

Fire Safety
Advice for PCCs. PCCs have a duty of care towards people using their church buildings

Community use of churches
Advice on how parishes can realise the potential for mission and income generation from their church buildings and halls

Cleaning
Inappropriate or uninformed cleaning methods can destroy, rather than protect, our heritage - however well meant such activities might be by the individuals undertaking them

Clocks
It is advisable for a single person to be responsible for the routine maintenance of a turret clock, even though a rota of people may wind it.

Energy Use
Ways in which parishes can heat and manage their buildings more efficiently. There are also links to detailed guidance on analysing the environmental impact of your church building and the wider issue of caring for creation.

Church Halls
Managing, improving or building new church halls

Brasses
Most churches possess some brasses

Books
Books and historic documents are in danger from four main causes of damage: frequent past usage, current usage, storage conditions and their construction and materials.

Bats
It is an offence for anyone to kill, injure or capture a bat, or to disturb a colony in any way which is likely to have a negative impact on their continued survival

Asbestos
Each PCC has a duty in law actively to manage asbestos in its church and church hall in order to protect the well-being of anyone who may come into contact with the material

Access to historic buildings
Pointers to good practice in adapting churches to improve physical access

Bells
Bells and associated mechanisms require appropriate ongoing maintenance to keep them safe and working effectively

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