Spring Meeting Salisbury 2022

Friday, 6th and Saturday, 7th May 2022

EASA will be holding its first Spring Conference in two years this May. Members' mailing packs have been sent out to all members, but if you do not receive one in the next few days, or if you are not yet a member of EASA but would like to join us then please let us know using the “Contact Us” button at the foot of this page.

During the conference we will be visiting St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury to hear a variety of speakers who will explain why this church was this year’s winner of the 2021 “Presidents’ Award”. They will look at the history of the church and the subsequent re-ordering works carried out and the conservation of the Doom Painting of the Chancel Arch along with a look at the new altar and plans for the new font.

We shall also visit St John’s Church Bishopstone, a medieval church with links to Pugin situated in the countryside south west of Salisbury, as we progress to Donhead St Andrew. Here we shall look at the conservation and re-ordering work carried out to this parish church in 2019, where a small congregation have enabled a full upgrade of the church to better serve the whole local community. This church was “Highly Commended” in the 2021 “Presidents’ Award” and so is worth a visit for this alone.

The booking deadline for joining the conference is Friday, 8th April 2022 so do please give urgent thought to your attendance for what will be a very interesting and informative conference.

AGM 2021

We were delighted to be able to hold a successful face-to-face AGM and Autumn meeting back in November, which included a number of virtual attendees and speakers.

Covid 19 Advice

Can we encourage you to continue to monitor the Coronavirus pages on the Church of England website, which details arrangements for architects, surveyors and contractors to visit churches in the course of their work, providing they are able to do so safely. See


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As these challenging times are still with us, HRBA continues to operate and the e-newsletter, as you can see, is still coming out every month so please continue to send us any news or items of interest. We are receiving emails and will do our best to answer promptly.
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HRBA’s monthly series from ‘our Roving Reporter’
You can read a new story about the ‘One Bread Café’, a community café set up in All Saints’ Church, Hove, in December 2021 and who have major building plans in development.
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Booking NOW OPEN for HRBA’s Big Update on Wednesday 27 April 2022
The Big Update is taking place on Wednesday 27 April 2022 at St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall . (Good news: we have managed to keep prices at the 2019 level).
It will follow the usual format of presenters giving 20-minute talks on a wide range of topical and inspirational subjects. There will also be videos and interviews.  And if you would like to participate in the ‘Your Big Update’ session by telling us about a new project or initiative in 3 minutes, please contact Becky Payne on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Wales: Faith in the Future FREE seminars 2022
Tuesday 8 March 1.30pm – 3.30pm: : innovative ways to raise funds and income
Tuesday 29 March 2022 1.30pm – 4pm: rising to the climate change challenge
Heritage Alliance: Heritage Day 2022, 9 and 10 March - Booking Now Open!
The Heritage Alliance’s annual conference, Heritage Day 2022, will take place over 9 and 10 March as a hybrid event, combining accessible virtual sessions on Wednesday morning followed by an in-person event on Thursday afternoon. The event will feature Heritage Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP and Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Simon Thurley FSA and will conclude with an in-person networking afternoon reception at the historic Christ Church Spitalfields in London.
ICON: Stone & Wall Paintings Group: Conservation of the magnificent interiors at St Mary’s, Lydiard Tregoze, 7 April 2022.
To be held at Lydiard House Conference Centre, Lydiard Park, Swindon SN5 3PA
The project aims included conserving the buildings extensive & nationally significant medieval wall paintings, 17th Century monuments, ancient carved woodwork and star-spangled ceiling. The grant enabled the church to carry out the conservation work, environmental improvements and access improvements to St Mary’s Church -
as well as the delivery of a specialist training programme & associated learning, volunteering and community engagement activities. This included hands on conservation workshops and skills training. programme of works at the Church which have been supported by the National Lottery
Caring for God's Acre: Beautiful Burial Ground Conference, in Sheffield, Tuesday 15 March 2022
An inspiring day discovering how to transform burial grounds into havens for people, wildlife and heritage. Limited places, £15 to include lunch and refreshments.
Growing the Rural Church, Diocese of Exeter and the Plunkett Foundation: Setting up a community business in your church, online, 23 March 2022
Growing the Rural Church, Diocese of Exeter and the Plunkett Foundation have come together to  deliver a webinar on setting up community businesses in places of worship. The webinar is aimed at places of worship and communities within Devon and they it will inspire more groups to explore locating in active places of worship, and give them to access to funding from Allchurches Trust to enable them to progress their projects.
National Lottery: Open Week, Nationwide, 19 - 27 March 2022
The National Lottery is calling for organisations that they support to register their interest in participating in National Lottery Open Week from Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 March 2022During this week, National Lottery players are invited to visit heritage sites and use their lottery tickets to access a special offer registered by organisations and advertised through the National Lottery listings page. Last year’s Open Week attracted almost 25,000 national lottery players to 650 sites across the UK.
Cambridge Historic Churches Trust: Annual Conference, ‘Radiancy Divine – Light and Heat in Church’, Saturday, 2 April 2022,
The programme should be not only of general and antiquarian interest but include information helpful to churchwardens and others with practical responsibility for churches. More information and booking here:
Getting Ready for the Great Big Green Week, Online, 21 April 2022
The Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from the 24 September - 2 October 2022, which falls during the Church's Season of Creation, giving Christian groups the perfect opportunity to join in.
This event being held on Zoom on 21 April shows how your church and congregation can take part.
Chapels Society: Communities of Dissent 1850-1914: a conference in association with Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Saturday 30 April 2022
Between 1850 and 1914 Nonconformity reached a peak of presence and status in communities throughout England and Wales. The main part of the Conference will look at recent research recording this period of chapel and churches life. The final session of the conference will explore how best, in the twenty-first century, the legacy of chapel culture can be saved, recorded and made known.

Virtual events calendar
The National Churches Trust are listing events on their website, so that you can support some of the lectures, talks, plays and concerts that are taking place in the UK's church buildings as well as attending conferences and training sessions.


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