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HRBA’s monthly series from ‘our Roving Reporter’
The Roving Reporter is taking a summer break, but will be back in the autumn. This is our series of short blogs where ‘our reporter’ describes a new idea or successful initiative being implemented in a historic religious building.
So do tell us about anything you have recently implemented that is working well.
Victorian Society’s Walking Tours and Autumn Talks
The Vic Soc's autumn event calendar is open for booking and includes walking tours of JF Bentley churches in Notting Hill and Bayswater and Woolwich Garrison Church and St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich

Timely Pointers to Heaven" CHCT On-Line Lectures
The Cambridge Historic Churches Trust are running monthly lectures from June until September covering sun-dials, clocks, towers and spires and change-ringing.
Leeds Minster: ‘noblest among the noble’ of the early-Victorian churches
Saturday 11 September 2021, 10.30am - 5.15 pm
A one-day Conference hosted by the Ecclesiological Society, with support from Leeds Civic Trust. The Minster is the most important church erected in England around 1840, at that ‘heady’ moment when Anglicanism was moving in a Higher direction thanks to the Tractarians, and Gothic authenticity was being promoted energetically by the Cambridge Camden Society. And it remains almost entirely unchanged. To book your ticket, please go to:
Ride+Stride for churches, 11 September 2021
Ride+Stride for churches is a sponsored bike ride or walk between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. It takes place every year on the second Saturday in September. The money raised helps to repair churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout England and

Graves, Shrouds and Epitaphs, 11 September 2021
The Church Monuments Society has arranged an afternoon of free lectures at the St Alban’s Centre, Holborn, after their AGM. The lectures planned are: Dr Christina Faraday, Vivit Post Funera Virtus: The Elizabethan and Jacobean Monuments in Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge’; Dr Stuart Prior and Dr Helen Frisby, ‘Grounds for Grave Concern: the life and work of the gravedigger’; and Prof. Madeleine Gray, ‘The Art of the Macabre in Medieval Wales’. The AGM is for members only but all are welcome at the lectures: no need to book, just turn up. More details at
HOLY GROUND: Art, faith and the natural environment, 17-19 September 2021
A weekend conference/retreat at Berwick Church, Sussex
co-hosted by Art and Christianity and Berwick Church
To mark the completion of a major project to conserve the Bloomsbury Group murals at Berwick Church (East Sussex), this event will explore how artists can contribute to the life of a church and its community, particularly in a rural setting and with respect for the natural environment. Speakers will address the remarkable mural-paintings that Berwick Church boasts, and newly commissioned artists will speak about their work in response to the church and its paintings.
Jewish Heritage Days: 1 September until 31 December 2021
B'nai B'rith UK has released a PDF of heritage activities for their European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage 2021. The theme for the 2021 European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage (September to December) will be 'Dialogue'.
The Lay Experience of the Medieval Cathedral, Saturday 2 October
The Annual Conference of the Ecclesiological Society, 2021. Our cathedrals are very familiar to us today, but how were they seen and experienced by medieval lay people? This conference seeks at answer that question so that we can better understand what it was like for ordinary folk to visit a cathedral – whether as part of a pilgrimage or more generally.
Save the Date: The joint Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust/Churches Trusts Forum Conference
Entitled ‘Church Buildings- Moving on from Covid’, the conference will take place on Thursday 21 October at St. Martin's House, Leicester Cathedral. More information will appear shortly.
Living amongst the Cities of the Dead: historic cemeteries of New Orleans, 28
October 2021

In this special lecture for Halloween, you’ll be spirited away to ghostly New Orleans to explore the history and architecture of its celebrated cemeteries, and the unique multi-cultural influences that have shaped the relationship between the city’s living and the dead. Known widely as the Cities of the Dead, the forty-two expansive necropolises of New Orleans embody a built heritage as colourful and as complex as the city itself.
The Chapels Society Conference: Communities of Dissent 1850-1914, Saturday 30 October, Oxford 
This is a one-day conference at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, which will explore chapels and chapel life in the Victorian and Edwardian heyday of chapel culture.
Further details
Virtual events calendar
The National Churches Trust is listing events on the 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.
Coronavirus advice page on HRBA website
HRBA continues to update its Coronavirus advice page on our website where we collate all the latest Covid-19 information which is relevant for places of worship. Here you will find updates on the latest guidance from the majority of denominations from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This also signposts to the Government published advice for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities which is relevant to churches, church halls as well as village halls. 

The Church of England and ChurchCare
The Church of England’s Coronavirus pages are being continually updated (the advice will be useful for all denominations). This includes Historic England’s and the Church Buildings Council’s guidance cleaning and disinfecting historic surfaces.
Safer public places: managing public outdoor settings
MHCLG has published new guidance for local authorities, owners and operators to support the safe use and management of outdoor public places while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains.
New Research says “Cathedrals matter”
In 2019, England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals contributed £235m to their local economies. They provided 6,065 jobs full time equivalent jobs and volunteering posts for 15,400 people who gave 906,000 hours of their time. They welcomed more than 14.6 million visits, 308,000 by schoolchildren for educational events, and 9.5m from tourists.You can download the reports, surveys and case studies here 
Third round of Culture Recovery Fund to secure future of thousands of organisations
Announced on 25 June, the final £300 million of the government’s £2 billion rescue package will support thousands of organisations in the run up to fuller reopening and beyond.
The funds will be used to boost three existing funding programmes:
1.An additional £35m for the Heritage Stimulus Fund which will continue to support major programmes of work and repair grants for heritage at risk, keeping nationally and internationally significant heritage assets in good condition and sustain the skilled workforce that looks after them. This is the one that will of most interest to places of worship.
2. £218.5 million for the third and final round of the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) will now provide further support as the cultural, heritage, and creative sectors move towards reopening at full capacity, underlining the government’s commitment to help them build back better as life returns to normal.
Deadline: 30 September 2021
3.An additional £20 million Cultural Asset Fund will support the National Heritage Memorial Fund’s (NHMF) COVID-19 Response Fund, creating a total of £40 million to save heritage assets at risk of loss, for the nation. Ends April 2023.
Listings Update for Two Historic Churches
Two important historic churches buildings have had their listings upgraded
to mark their connection with the Festival of Britain, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this summer.
Christ Church in Coventry and Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church in Tower Hamlets have been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.

Camping in churches has a record year, reports the Guardian
A recent Guardian article reported on the record numbers of people choosing to camp in churches this year due to the competition for campsite spaces. With more people holidaying in the UK, the CCT's champing initiative has never been more popular. 
Churches and Covid
The Centre for Christianity and Culture at the University of York has produced a special report for the Church of England that shows what Covid-19 has revealed about the value of churches. The report looks at the breadth of church life and puts mission in a broad context. It is has a lot in it that is encouraging, and where it challenges it does so thoughtfully.

Scottish Government: consultation on COVID-19 inquiry
The Scottish Government has announced a judge-led public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic to be set up by the end of the year and is consulting on the suggested approach. Comments should be e-mailed to: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 September.
This is not an issue on which HRBA can offer an opinion, but member Churches with congregations in Scotland may want to express a view.
The Heritage Alliance have launched two surveys
To gather insight and evidence from their members and across the broader sector. As we return to a level of ‘normality’ post-Covid and Parliament returns from recess, they are gathering your views and insights on a number of important areas of work.
These are crucial exercises in data collection which inform their policy work, building the basis of their briefs and influencing strategies, as well as informing the design of new sector facing projects.
1. Diversity & Accessibility in the Heritage Sector:
Please complete this survey by 10 September to help us understand the sector's engagement with Diversity and Inclusion issues and the support needed for heritage organisations to embed inclusive working, engage wider audiences and improve hiring practices.
 2.Accessibility & Heritage
Help us and Ecclesiastical [Alliance Corporate Partner] gain an understanding of how accessibility is being prioritised within the sector. Please contribute your insights, based on your experiences of working in heritage. The deadline for this survey has now also been extended to 10 September.
Nominations are now open for the Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings Campaign.
The annual Campaign shines the spotlight on listed buildings that are in dire need of repairs or are at risk of being lost completely if no action is taken.
Counter-terrorism: Religious Buildings
On 27 July, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office. Kevin Foster, answered a Written Question from Richard Fuller, MP about the impact on places of worship of the requirements of the Protect Duty
Cool Spaces and Cool Buildings
A government initiative to provide a map of cool and shaded places of refuge for people when temperatures are excessively high.  Places of worship and church yards are ideal as cool buildings  and spaces that can offer people somewhere to sit and something to drink.
In Greater London, Outdoor Cool Spaces were added to the Cool Spaces map on 1 June 2021 and Indoor Cool Spaces are expected to be added to the map when Government eases all COVID-19 restrictions. Other regions should be following suit so see what your local authority is doing. The London Cool Spaces map is here
And you can register here
Valuing Victorian church architecture
In a special guest blog for the National Churches Trust, Connor McNeill writes about how best to find solutions to the sometimes vexed issue of restoring or re-ordering a Victorian church. Connor is the Interim Churches Conservation Adviser at the Victorian Society
Charity Commission: Managing faith charities as trustees
The Charity Commission has renamed its 'Faith in good governance' guidance and has reordered it to make it easier to find information. The guidance is now called 'Managing faith charities as trustees'.
New report by the Campaign to End Loneliness:  Loneliness Beyond Covid  
The majority of adults think that loneliness is going to be a serious issue beyond Covid-19, according to an omnibus survey commissioned by Campaign to End Loneliness.
The report found that COVID-19 exacerbated existing inequalities, meaning that groups already at risk of loneliness – such as those who were poorer, in worse health or from ethnic minorities or LGBTQ+ communities – were at greater risk during the pandemic.  They also found that if you were already lonely before the pandemic, you were likely to become even more lonely.
You can read the report
Changing Places Prospectus Published
MHCLG has published a prospectus which sets out how district and unitary local authorities can access this £30 million Changing Places Fund, which is aimed at accelerating provision to larger accessible toilets in existing buildings in England.
Welcome Back Fund - Updated Guidance
MHCLG has now published a third version of the Guidance and FAQs on the Welcome Back Fund. This £56m Fund is being distributed to local authorities and partners to deliver activities to support the safe return to high streets and help 'build back better' from the pandemic.
Update on Cathedrals
You can read around up of what Cathedrals achieved in August and also see their September plans for visitor engagement as they re-open over the summer.
Church of England launches new pilgrim routes in one of Britain’s busiest holiday destinations
The new "Devon Pilgrim" offers people the chance to “take a journey of the heart” on routes which include Dartmoor and the ancient seat of the bishops of Exeter at Crediton.
Jewish Sites listed as world heritage sites
Future for Religious Heritage has an article about the announcement that the Jewish heritage sites of Worms, Speyer, and Mainz, Germany have been listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Also read about how EU Pilot project on reviving Europe’s Jewish cemeteries completes second phase.
Stories of Places & Spaces
This is a new project from the Council for British Archaeology to provide an opportunity for people to share thoughts, memories and responses to their favourite places through an interactive map. 
Do you have a place or space that is special to you? Share them with the CBA.
Churches with in National Parks: incredible churches, incredible landscapes
2021 is the 70th anniversary of the designation of the Peak District as the UKs first National Park.
From the rugged wilds of the Cairngorms in Scotland to the ancient woodlands of the New Forest, the ExploreChurches website showcases the rich variety of churches to be found in each Park.
New grants available for local heritage in Wales
Communities across Wales can now apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to help celebrate local heritage. Being offered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Arthur Rank Centre: Rural Isolation and Loneliness resource packs
You can order this FREE toolkit from the Arthur Rank Centre website and find out what steps that you can take to help tackle this ongoing societal issue.

New guidance notes from the Church of England on the ChurchCare website
The topics covered are:
Biomass and Solar PV
EV Charging
Heating principles, checklist and perspectives
Church Heating: Options appraisals and getting advice
 Bells – and permitted works under Lists A and B
An updated brief guide to church building works with archaeological implications
Updated guidance on Disposals and Loans to bring in line with the amended faculty rules
The Church of England’s Autumn Environment programme
This is part of a series of webinars and events designed to support and equip churches to reach the ambitious ‘net zero carbon ‘emissions target. Sessions being run this Autumn include
1. the all-important issue of environmental fundraising,
2. best heating and lighting solutions
3. net zero carbon topics covering heat pumps, "conservation pitfalls en route to net zero", how to navigate the faculty system, assessing embodied carbon in retrofit projects, and net zero schools (with many thanks to Lisa McIntyre, DAC Secretary for Leeds, who will be a panellist on how to navigate the faculty system),
Eco Church, and
4. a new “Season of Creation” series, on different aspects of environmental worship.
Bats and Church Building Works Q&A
Wednesday 20 October 13:00-14:00 via Zoom, hosted by the Bats in Churches project 
 Bats can be found in thousands of churches across England and they are protected by law. What does this mean for churches and planning works? In this free lunchtime session the project wants to give practical and useful information, including when bats should be considered and where you can go for advice. You'll also get a chance to ask any questions you may have. Register free
Good Housekeeping: Part 1: Caring for your old building’s historic fittings, fixtures and furnishings, 25 November 2021
SPAB has teamed up with ICON to offer an afternoon of online talks exploring good housekeeping for old houses and other buildings. Book for individual sessions or for the whole event.
Faith in Maintenance: Norwich
The SPAB has asked us to share details of a Faith in Maintenance online course, with online content to view and that concludes with a live Q&A session on Saturday 2 October. This is particularly intended for the Diocese of Norwich. Details here.
Rebuilding Heritage: free support for heritage organisations
The final round of Rebuilding Heritage’s offer of free one-to-one and group support ended on 27 July. However, you can still watch the webinar training sessions on financial literacy, digital marketing and workplace inclusion, in addition to offers of support in business planning, communications, fundraising for sustainability, legal issues, leadership and wellbeing, Managing Organisational Change, Clarifying your Mission, Communicating who you are and what you do.
Heritage Digital
This initiative is coming to an end. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Digital Skills for Heritage funding stream, this project aimed to increase the amount of free digital skills training and support available to heritage organisations. 
The key resources and webinars and a range of case studies are now accessible through the project portal and include Telling your Stories digitally, all things Social Media, generating content, guidance on copyright etc
Good News’: new competition launches for churches
Share your Good News for a chance to win £1,500 for your church plus £6,000 if you win the national prize. 
Run by Ecclesiastical, they are looking for bright ideas and success stories, community heroes and ingenuity in the face of all the challenges caused by the last year of  COVID-19. All entries must be submitted by the closing date 17 September 2021.
Churches Conservation Trust seeks new Chair and Trustees
CCT are looking for people with experience in both senior executive and non-executive roles who can contribute their expertise to work with CCT to achieve their ambitious strategy which is all about supporting and engaging communities.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 2 September 2021
Interviews are likely to take place w/c 27 September.
Diocese of Sheffield: Head of Church Buildings and DAC Secretary
Up to £45K, 35 hrs/week, based in Rotherham and homeworking.
The Diocese of Sheffield has an innovative opportunity for an experienced and collaborative individual to create a Church Buildings Team to work with its 205 churches and the clergy of its 176 parishes. The Diocese has a wide variety of theological perspectives in urban and rural church buildings, from significant Grade I to post-modern churches.
You will demonstrate an understanding of the value of heritage buildings to mission and greater community service as well as attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and to convey complex information to a wide range of audiences.
Closing date: 12 September at midnight
Interviews will be held on: 20 September or 23 September 2021
Norwich Historic Churches Trust: Operations Manager
Full time, 37.5 hours (although 30 hours would be considered)
£27,500 pa
NHCT is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and organised individual to take on the role of Operations Manager. We are a small, heritage charity caring for 18 medieval, redundant churches which have been repurposed for a variety of activities. This is a busy and varied leadership role with the opportunity to make a real impact in a small, heritage organisation.
 Closing date: 13th September
To apply visit:
Gloucester Cathedral: Visitor Welcome Manager
Full time: Salary:  £28,532 - £33,085 (18-month contract)
The post holder will be responsible for the front of house team who are the public face of our Cathedral. The ideal candidate will be experienced in leading a team with a proven track record of daily floor management and championing exceptional customer service.
Closing date:  13 September 2021
The Diocese of St Albans: Historic Church Buildings Support Officer.  
Do you have knowledge of historic church buildings and enthusiasm for securing their sustainable future? Have you experience of project management, accessing funding, and good interpersonal skills? If so, you could be the person they are looking for.   Applications close on Wednesday 15 September.
Diocese of Llandaff: Church Buildings Officer.
Full time: £25,800.
This role is first point of contact in the Church Buildings team working with a variety of churches with different needs so they're looking for someone who thrives on helping others develop their ideas and achieve their plans. The person appointed will act as DAC Secretary and will manage the online faculty system, as well as the systems for church inspections and energy audits.
There will be opportunities to be involved with their projects centred around Eco-church, churchyards and net-zero carbon as well as working with churches to encourage them to be open to visitors and the local community. 
Closing date for applications 12 noon Thursday 16th September.
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division: Data support Officer
The Data Support Officer will provide excellent and responsive support to the Division’s work by collecting, collating and disseminating heritage and environmental information about our church buildings to parishes, dioceses, heritage professionals and members of the public through the Church Heritage Record.
We would like to hear from you if you have the ability, motivation and commitment to give to this post on a part time basis working 14 hours per week (2 days) on a fixed term contract which is expected to last for 6 months.
Apply here by Sunday 19 September.
Two posts from the National Churches Trust:

1.Executive Assistant
Based in Westminster; Part time, 21 hours a week (flexibly arranged)
£16,200 - £19,200 (£27,000 - £32,000 per annum FTE, pro rata)
Are you an experienced executive assistant or governance officer who is looking for a challenging and rewarding new role? Are you inspired by church architecture?
An opportunity has arisen for an organised and self-motivated Executive Assistant to provide extensive and varied support to their Chief Executive and wider team.
Excellent communication and prioritisation skills, time management and strong attention to detail are essential. You will also act as Clerk to the Board of Trustees, so a diplomatic approach and style is essential.  Final closing date: Monday 20 September at 12 noon
2. Digital Engagement Officer
Based in Westminster; Full time: £24,000 – £28,000 pa depending on experience
Are you an experienced digital marketeer and used to creating engaging content for different social media platforms? Are you good at keeping multiple projects running at the same time? Could you help build their online presence and put the NCT brand in front of potential supporters and donors?
The new Digital Engagement Officer will play a vital role in the newly formed Engagement team, which brings together marketing, communications, public affairs and fundraising. With experience in digital marketing, social media and website management, you will have excellent organisational and planning skills, be able to manage a varied workload and be an effective team player.
Final closing date:  Monday 20 September at 12 noon
Diocese of Gloucester: Church Buildings Team administrator 
14 hours per week, worked over two or three days for an initial 12 months contract.
The purpose of this role is to offer flexible support to their small Diocesan Advisory Committee & Care of Churches Team. Together with Archdeacons and DAC Members, they tackle the challenges of maintaining and developing our 380 church buildings; over 90% of which are listed, for the wider mission of the Church, and as an integral part of our diocesan LIFE vision. The Team’s workload is busy and varied, and no one day is ever the same, the Administrator will play an essential part within this team, providing the much needed administrative support to this team. Deadline: Monday 20 September, 09.00.