Technical Advice


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Working on Churches
Legal position

Frequently asked questions
Commonly-asked topics

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

Church Recorders
Historical research by skilled volunteers on church artefacts and features of the building

Identifying needs
First and foremost, you need to identify exactly what the real needs are in your community.

Wider use of churches
Wider use of churches

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

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

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

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.

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.

Gutters
An overview of an essential aspect of annual church maintenance

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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