Guidance Notes and Policies - An introduction

This section provides a number of guidance notes and policies around the care of church buildings and churchyards.

Please feel free to contact any of the Church Buildings and Pastoral Team for more information at any time.  However, all initial enquiries about works to your building or churchyard and queries about the faculty process or applying for consent should please be directed to the Church Buildings office on 01353 652729 or via dac@elydiocese.org.

More information on the team can be found here.


Church Heating

First published on: 15th June 2023

Presentations on different ways of heating your church, from a Diocesan heating seminar held in 2023


Terrier and Inventory and Church Logbook

First published on: 5th May 2022

Every church should keep an up-to-date list of its assets and significant occurrences within the building. These documents are now available as electronic versions to make things easier.


Solar Panels (PV)

First published on: 2nd December 2021

Guidance on solar panels as a tool for Net Zero Carbon


Churchyard Trees

First published on: 18th November 2021

Find out about guidance and regulations regarding planting and works to trees


Volunteering and Friends Groups

First published on: 12th May 2021

Guidance on all things volunteering in your church


Event Planning

First published on: 12th May 2021

Guidance on how to plan a church event


Night Shelters

First published on: 22nd February 2021

Advice and guidance on running church winter night shelter


Foodbanks

First published on: 22nd February 2021

Advice and guidance on running a community foodbank safely


Church Treasures

First published on: 10th August 2020

Advice on how to care for your church's treasures


Church Building Maintenance

First published on: 10th August 2020

Tips to schedule and carry out maintenance for your church building.


Heritage at Risk

First published on: 5th June 2020

Find out about Heritage at Risk in your area by searching the register


Internet Access / Telephone Lines

First published on: 15th May 2020

Information about the permissions needed to install telephone lines for internet access


Open and Welcome Churches

First published on: 6th May 2020

How to keep your church open for all and safely welcome everyone


Church Cleaning

First published on: 6th May 2020

Information and resources on how to keep your church clean


Green Health

First published on: 6th May 2020

Learn how to support your church's green spaces


Project Management

First published on: 15th April 2020

Developing a church building project, be it major repairs, re-ordering or adapting the building, is not a simple process.


Questionnaires/Surveys

First published on: 15th April 2020

How to make your survey a success


Community Engagement and Consultation

First published on: 15th April 2020

Good community engagement and consultation can be the key to success in any project


Rainwater Goods and Drainage

First published on: 6th March 2020

Guidance on how to keep your church dry


Footpaths and car parks

First published on: 2nd March 2020

Guidance on churchyard access routes and car parks

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