Civic Voice, the national organization for civic societies, is running a programme to survey 20,000 war memorials around the country so that funds can be made available to restore those that have deteriorated.
As every church has at least one memorial, perhaps a brass plate, a stained glass window or a stone cross in the churchyard, it is important that all of these are included in the programme.
Free training courses and guidance on how to obtain funding for repairs are provided – contact email@example.com.
CURRENT FACULTY RULES
The current Faculty Jurisdiction Rules came into force in January 2016. This means:
There is a national ‘A List’ of works which can be carried out on your church without a Faculty.
The A List can be found in Schedule I, Table 1 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1568/pdfs/uksi_20151568_en.pdf
There is a national ‘B List’ of works which can be carried out once the written permission of the Archdeacon has been obtained.
Most of these will be repairs and routine maintenance or small works identified in the QI report.
The Archdeacon must consult the DAC (usually via the Secretary) for informed informal advice, but this should be a speedy and simple process enabling parishes to get on with the work without delay.
The Archdeacon may set conditions on the way the works are carried out.
The B List can be found in Schedule I, Table 2 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1568/pdfs/uksi_20151568_en.pdf
All other works require a Faculty.
REGISTERING WITH THE ONLINE FACULTY SYSTEM (OFS):
It is recommended that each parish nominates at least two people who will register their church onto the system and administer faculty applications on behalf of the PCC.
All requests to register will have to be approved by the DAC secretary to ensure only those who have a right to use the system can do so.
Nominees could be one of the clergy and a churchwarden, the church treasurer, PCC member or parish secretary/administrator.
The OFS can be accessed by going to the following link.
Please click on "Register" at the top of the home page and complete your details and submit.
The DAC office will then recieve an email and one of us has to 'approve' your registration.
Please note that when you register there is one tab saying 'identity', into which you write contact details and another labelled 'profile'.
On the profile section please write/select the church for which you are representing otherwise even if you are approved you will not be able to start an application.
Anyone experiencing difficulties with their online application should contact the DAC office.
Nigel Sherratt (DAC Secretary) and Sarah Legg (DAC administrator) can be contacted by email: DAC@derby.anglican.org
Information on looking after, changing and developing your church
Churchcare provides a series of guidance notes relating to the care, use and development of church buildings. They they can be accessed here.
Help with looking after Historic Churches
Help with Financing the Repair of Historic Churches