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Autumn Training from the Church Buildings Team

To book on any of the Autumn 2022 training sessions, please contact Rob Andrews, Team Coordinator (rob.andrews [at]

• Wednesday November 2, 18:30 – 19:30 – Heating/Energy Saving(Zoom)

• Wednesday November 9, 12:00 – 13:00 – Heating/Energy Saving (Zoom)

Energy saving and heating: This session is repeated across two days. It will cover some tips on quick and easy actions that can be taken to reduce energy use of church buildings and halls, followed by how to plan for the longer term by looking into options for an improved heating system. The first part of the session is intended to both aid PCCs in managing the increased cost of energy as we enter the winter months and to make lasting positive changes for the environment. The second part of the session will start PCCs on the journey towards replacing carbon-hungry heating systems with more sustainable installations.

• Wednesday November 16, 15:00 – 16:00 – Climate Resilience (in-person) 

Climate Resilience: This session will look at how we can protect our church buildings from harm and the impact of extreme weather, and become a climate resilient church. Church buildings are often solidly built and, when maintained well, have withstood the weather over the centuries. However, as the climate changes, and weather events becomes more extreme, they can become vulnerable. The session aims to help churches prepare for the warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers that climate change is causing, as well as for extreme weather events such as flooding and heatwaves.

• Wednesday March 15 (2023), 14:00 – 15:00 – Ecclesiastical – Health & Safety (Church House; in-person session) 

Understanding Health & Safety Responsibilities for Churches: Heather Ford, Church Insurance Consultant with Ecclesiastical will be leading this session on Health & Safety. Using easy to understand language, it will explain why managing health and safety effectively is important, provide an overview of health & legislation relevant to churches and offer a step by step guide and the tools to enable churches to feel more confident in managing their health and safety responsibilities.

Faculty Jurisdiction Rule changes 1 July 2022

As a part of the Church of England's commitment to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2030, the faculty jurisdiction rules have been amended to help churches meet their carbon reduction targets. The new rules, which take effect on 1st July 2022, require churches to have due regard to the Church Buildings Council's advice on Carbon Net Zero. To prepare parishes for these changes, the Diocese has produced a summary document of the rule amendments for the benefit of churchwardens and PCCs. This document can be downloaded here. 




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