SPAB National Maintenance Week

National Maintenance Week begins on Friday – a gentle reminder to prepare your property for the worst that winter can bring. Good Maintenance is a year-round activity. Find out how you can get SPAB’s fun handy pocket ‘Love Your Building’ calendar here:

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Crossing the Threshold

First created by the Diocese of Hereford in 2009 and revised in 2013, a new and expanded Crossing the Threshold Toolkit, funded by the AllChurches Trust, with a new introduction by NCT’s Vice President, Huw Edwards, was launched on Friday.

The toolkit is a fantastic resource for any congregation that wants to make changes at their church or anyone who wants to understand more about how it all works.

It is a large document (268 pages) it may be easier reading on screen or printing off the chapters that are of interest.  See the link below and scroll down on it to download.

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Funding & Information Day for Places of Worship

Your Invitation to join us

The Churches Trust for Cumbria are delighted to ask you join us for a Funding and Information day.

This is a chance to hear about current grants, advice and support for places of worship.

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Louise and Laura will discuss their new grant schemes for places of worship.  Our Heritage (grants up to £100K) and Heritage Grants (over £100k).

A successful bid was made by The Wreay Heritage Centre, Raymond Whittaker will take us through his experience of the process.

The National Churches Trust support a wide variety of projects through their grant programmes. Nigel Mills will introduce us to them.

The All Churches Trust give grants to benefit Christian churches, charities and their communities, find out more from Peter Mojsa.

Historic England’s Development Management team will offer advice on managing change and adapting historic places of worship to address the needs of 21st century communities.

And finally, but not least meet Cumbria Voluntary Services (CVS) who can help you with funding advice and support.

You will have the chance to meet the speakers over lunch to find out how they can help you with your place of worship.

Date: Wednesday 27th September, 2017

Time: 10.00-15:00 (Registration from 9.30)

VenuePenrith Methodist Church, Penrith

We hope that this will prove to be a worthwhile day and look forward to seeing you there.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To reserve your place, please contact me.

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Fabric Repairs

Grants are available for PCCs towards the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The grants are offered by The Wolfson Foundation and ChurchCare in partnership.

Next closing date: 29 January 2018 for a June funding decision

There are two application deadlines each year, in spring and autumn, with grants awarded in June and December respectively.

For more details see:

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National Churches Trust – five point plan

A five point plan to secure the future of the UK’s church buildings has been set out by the National Churches Trust.

1. Prioritise the maintenance of church buildings.

It is often more cost-effective to look after historic churches through regular maintenance rather than having to undertake often expensive structural repairs because the condition of a building has been allowed to deteriorate.

The funding paradigm should therefore move away from repair and replacement to maintenance and conservation.

New ways should also be found to help the volunteers who look after church buildings to keep them in good repair. The National Churches Trust’s ‘MaintenanceBooker’ website, launched in February 2017, shows how new technology can make it easier to get professional help to maintain church buildings.

 2. Make more churches centres for the community.

More churches need modern facilities, such as toilets, kitchens and heating.  Modern facilities mean that church buildings can be used as venues for the arts, leisure, social action and other community activities and can host facilities such as post offices and libraries. (Main photo shows the Post Office at St James’ church, West Hampstead (c) GraingePhotography)

The use of church buildings as ‘community hubs’ has the strong support of the public. 83% of British adults think that churches, chapels and meeting houses play an important role for society as they provide a space in which community activities can take place, according to the National Churches Trust’s December 2016 ComRes opinion poll on church heritage.

 3. Put churches firmly on the visitor and tourist map.

Churches, chapels and meeting houses are treasure houses of heritage and history and much more should be done to help churches attract visitors. As well as bringing new people through the doors, attracting visitors brings with it additional income through donations and gift purchases.

The National Churches Trust’s ExploreChurches website, launched in November 2016 and developed in close co-operation with partners in the tourism, heritage and church sectors, provides the UK with a high quality website for church visitors and tourism.

4. Create a one-stop shop for churches applying for funding for repairs and maintenance.

The UK’s churches will always require funding from a variety of sources to pay for repairs, maintenance and new facilities. But churches seeking funding have to navigate a complex web of grant-giving trusts, foundations and heritage organisations to access the money they need.

The church heritage sector should streamline the grant application process, possibly through creating a funding portal. This would allow churches to submit one application to reach as many potential funders as possible.

5. Open church buildings every day.

Church buildings need to be open every day so the public can enjoy their beauty, history and sense of prayerfulness.

There is still a widespread view that churches need to be kept locked to prevent theft or vandalism. But an open church can often be safer as the local community then becomes more engaged with the building.


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Church Tourism Workshop

A special day of workshops is to explore church tourism and look at the potential to welcome visitors and share your church’s story.

Sarah Crossland from the National Churches Trust and trustee of The Churches Visitor and Tourism Association will help lead the day to be held at St Mary’s Church, Ambleside, LA22 9DH on Monday 17 July.

A morning workshop from 10am to 12noon will consider how churches can create the perfect welcome and explore use of digital technology to help explain and promote heritage.

An afternoon workshop from 1pm to 3.30pm is open to all and provides an opportunity for churches and chapels around north Windermere to consider the development of a Pilgrimage Trail.

A donation of £5 is requested.

For further details or to book your place contact Jayne Potts.

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Site Visit and Social at St Oswald’s, Grasmere

The following training event is to be held on the 16th and 17th June 2017, 9.00 – 16.30

Each day will consist of a ‘hard hat’ tour of the scaffolding to the roof of the tower, talks in the church hall and demonstrations in the site compound. UK Restoration Services staff will be onsite undertaking:
Hard cement mortar removal
Mixing Hot Lime Mortar
Lime Pointing inc packing joints
Please let us know if you are interested in giving a 10-minute presentation of current or recent projects, successes and failures, whether as the contractor or professional. There are Power Point facilities in the meeting room.
A buffet lunch will be provided by UK Restoration Services; a donation to the church of £20 will be requested. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements (e.g. pescatarian, gluten free, vegan).
Part of the day will be spent outdoors so please do wear warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring your own PPE if you have it: hi-vis jacket and boots for the site visit and gloves and goggles if you want to participate in the demonstrations. Please let us know if you wish UK Restoration Services to provide PPE and let us know your show size and jacket size.
Free admission

to book contact Building Limes Forum or via facebook link
For further info contact UK Restoration Services at




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Christian Innovation Grants





Together, we have 20 Christian Innovation Grants of £2,000 on offer for new community projects led by local churches and Christians. Each £2,000 grant will provide essential seed funding to enable the 20 best ideas to come to life and grow, creating new ways for churches to engage with their local community.

We are looking to support projects that offer better solutions to local problems; that make a positive difference to the most vulnerable; and express the love of Jesus beyond the church and out into the community.

Put simply, we are looking for new ways of harnessing church resources and passion for the benefit of the wider community. So, if your church is running a great social action project then, take a look at the Christian Innovation Grants.

As a recent Apple adverts says,

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do,”

or as Jesus says,

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” Mark 10:27.




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Funding News

Jewson’s ‘Building Better Communities’ funding is back for 2017
The building firm are offering regional project prizes of £500 to £10,000 and the top regional project will receive £50,000. You can nominate any community building that is making a difference in your community and needs building support eg: a new roof or other renovation works. You can also nominate your Trade Hero who could win £50,000 to help them complete a community project.

To find out more, or to nominate, see


Cinnamon Network Project Lab 2017
Project Lab 2017 is looking for church-based social action projects with a youth focus.
Specifically they are looking for social action projects that: – could be adopted and run by an average sized church – are simple and replicable – are bold and want to grow – have a track record in their local community – are well led and want to inspire other churches – have a vision to grow nationally – have some resources to continue their current work – respond to social needs in the community.
Applications are welcome from a local church or a group of churches working in partnership. Your application will be entered into a competition – the lucky winners will receive financial support for their projects.

You can read about the 2016 competition here

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The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in the UK to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Church Buildings are eligible, however they must be able to prove that the building is being adapted for new uses.  If your project is encouraging a range of uses this may be worth looking at.


For further information click here.

There is a northern support officer please contact me if you would like their contact details.

2017 Deadlines

10th May 2017 for 21st June Council meeting
16th August 2017 for 27th September Council meeting
1st November 2017 for 13th December Council meeting

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