The new rules governing licensing applications for Village Halls and other Community Premises have come into force, through the Dept. for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). This appears to make it simpler to apply for temporary licenses or variations to a current license. Churches per se do not need a licence for concert or theatre performances (although church halls do need a licence for such use), so long as no sales of alcohol take place. Find explanation / news release at: Find more at link . Find links to relevant applications forms at:

Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential

The paper has been produced by a working group comprising officials from Her Majesty’s Treasury, Communities and Local Government, Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Defra in conjunction with representatives of the Church of England. The paper should help dioceses and similar structures in other denominations and faiths to have a better understanding of how to access resources that will enable them to engage directly at a strategic level with the local and regional structures within which funding priorities and decisions are made. In turn, these structures and funders will be better equipped to understand the important role of the C of E and faith groups in delivering public services. A hard copy can be obtained from or read the full report on

Building Faith in our Future

To receive information and funding news relevant to church buildings register as a Building Faith Supporter and receive copies of the Building Faith in our Future e-bulletin, please contact: Becky Payne at: Email: ; Phone: 020 7898 1886

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

New resources relating to Faith in Maintenance see:


ACRE have produced a Briefing Paper on changes to be introduced to the Licensing Act 2003, which directly relate to alcohol sales in rural church & community premises. The ACRE briefing is at:


"Legislative Reform (Supervision of Alcohol Sales in Church & Village Halls etc.) Order 2009" A draft copy can be found at:


Do you run a charity shop? Do you run a village hall?

The Health and Safety Executive have added a relevant case study to their case study examples of risk assessments. Already available is one for a village hall. See

Related information is available at:





Coronavirus help

Coronavirus guidance for parishes

Coronavirus guidance for parishes

The latest from the Diocese of Derby during the coronavirus pandemic. Read More
Digital resources for parishes

Digital resources for parishes

Digital resources to help engage more online, navigate the legalities and receive online donations. Read More
Harvest resources in the pandemic

Harvest resources in the pandemic

Resources to help churches celebrate Harvest during the pandemic. Read More
Online services and Holy Communion

Online services and Holy Communion

Some church buildings may be closed, but there are plenty of online services to enjoy. Read More
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The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650


Map and parking information