Top Tips for winter church maintenance
It’s that time of year again when the weather sets in and we need to be extra vigilant in looking after our churches.
There are a number of very simple and practical ways that we can help stave off deterioration of the fabric of the building:
- Check to see if there is any evidence of leaks or damage to roofs during heavy rain
- Ensure that exposed water/ heating pipes and water tanks are protected from frost
- Clear leaves and other debris from rainwater pipes and gutters
- Clear away any plant growth from walls and/or rainwater goods, as these will create blockages and cause water damage if left untreated. It should be noted, however, that some plants are very rare so advice should be taken from the Care of Churches Office before these are removed
- If possible try and make any gaps in the tower bird-proof before the nesting season begins
- Check masonry for signs of water or frost damage and report any serious deterioration
- Should there be a heavy snow fall make sure that parapet and valley gutters are cleared of blockages as melt water can cause internal damage
- If your church has snow boards and/or access walkways check to see that they are in a good state of repair
- Check airbricks and ventilation systems to make sure that they are free from obstructions
- Any flagpoles or weathervanes should be monitored for stability, especially if high winds are expected
- See that external lighting is in good working order.
Prevention rather than cure is an appropriate motto when it comes to church buildings and by following these basic checks we make it much less likely that damage will occur to our wonderful churches.
This article is from...
Articles in this issue...
PCC Health check
In the last edition of PCC news I looked at the responsibilities for individuals as PCC members.More
Your quinquennial inspection report
The Quinquennial Inspection report describes the condition of the church building prepared by an architect or surveyor whose name is on the list approved for the purpose by the DAC.More
Wretham embraces heritage to encourage visitors
John Kitson, the church secretary contacted me to tell me about the exciting things that they are doing at their church to encourage more visitors.More
Camping near Burnham Market
Another good news story! Burnham Breck have just finished their first season of providing camping facilities on five acres of secluded grassland, which has been untouched for generations.More
Gospel singing brings in the crowds
As editor of your newspaper, I am always searching out examples of good practice to share with you.More
Simple ideas for engaging with families this Christmas
We know that there can be constraints on what churches and church congregations feel they can offer to Children, Youth and Families especially if there aren’t any or relatively few who already come to the church, but there are many ways that your church can offer a warm welcome to Children, Youth and Families whatever your circumstances.More
Practical tips shared by ‘most welcoming churches’
Following this year’s awards the judges have written the following lines as a check list for your own churches.More
TRiO – A wonderful response
Parish Share is a contribution by churches towards the cost of the mission and ministry of the Church in the Diocese, which is primarily the cost of the clergy.More