Caring for Churches

How to care for our churches


Caring for Cumbria's Churches

The Caring for Cumbria’s Churches project, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, focuses on improving the sustainability and resilience of church buildings across Cumbria.

This ecumenical project aims to provide those who care for church buildings with a series of “tools” to help manage these unique buildings, realise their potential as community assets and raise their profile as places of valuable heritage interest.


Maintenance Checklist

Places of worship require regular care and maintenance. Good preventative maintenance and timely repairs can help to sustain these valuable heritage assets. The maintenance checklist offers an editable template to help manage maintenance and repairs.

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The series of videos aims to help us to better understand these unique ‘living’ buildings, explore their potential as places of worship, heritage and community assets for the future.

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Sustainability Rosette

For a church to be sustainable, it should be reasonably healthy in all of the petals.
By carefully considering each petal, you will be able to identify and prioritise areas of need and create an action plan to help you realise your vision.

Use the Sustainability Rosette Buildings Audit and Questionnaire to assess the buildings in your Mission Community.

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Sustainability Rosette video

Caring for Cumbria’s Churches Conference
zoom webinar – Friday April 30th, 2021

The House of Good Report – Lord Inglewood, National Churches Trust Q&A.
“Churches and Chapels: the long view” – Trevor Cooper, Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
Caring for Cumbria’s Churches Project – Jayne Potts, Churches Trust for Cumbria
Statements of significance – Marion Barter, Historic Buildings Advisor
Ecclesiastical Insurance – Heather Ford, Church Insurance Consultant Q&A
‘Going Forward’ – Richard Teal, Methodist President & Peter Aiers,  CEO Churches Conservation Trust

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