Buildings

Lead thefts halve following roof alarm roll-out

Lead thefts halve following roof alarm roll-out

New figures released by Norfolk Police show that number of church lead theft incidents has dropped from 48 in the two years before the Roof Alarm Scheme was launched to 26 in the two years since.

Wed 4 Sep 2019
New Chancellor for the Diocese appointed

New Chancellor for the Diocese appointed

David Etherington QC has been licensed as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Norwich by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher.

Tue 3 Sep 2019
Historic finds at the medieval church of All Saints' Waterden in Norfolk

Historic finds at the medieval church of All Saints' Waterden in Norfolk

Three surprise findings have been uncovered during a £270,000 restoration of Waterden church in North Norfolk in the middle of fields near the site of the lost medieval village it served.

Sat 17 Aug 2019
Summer Surprise as St Andrew's Church, Thursford and All Saints' Church, Beighton Receive Funding Boost

Summer Surprise as St Andrew's Church, Thursford and All Saints' Church, Beighton Receive Funding Boost

Two much-loved Norfolk churches are to share in funding payouts from the National Churches Trust.

Tue 13 Aug 2019
National Churches Trust Grant Programmes for 2019-2023

National Churches Trust Grant Programmes for 2019-2023

If you need funding for a church maintenance or repair project, want to install a toilet or kitchen to improve community facilities, or are seeking early stage funding (such as for a feasibility report) for your place of worship, then the National Churches Trust grant schemes could help you.

Tue 23 Jul 2019
New online maintenance service launched by National Churches Trust

New online maintenance service launched by National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust (NCT) have launched a new online service called MaintenanceBooker.

Mon 1 Jul 2019
Enter your church building project for the Church Architecture Awards 2019

Enter your church building project for the Church Architecture Awards 2019

If your church has opened a new extension, completed a re-ordering scheme or undergone a major repair or conservation project, enter it for 2019 Church Architecture Awards!

Fri 17 May 2019
Government coastal funding for Corton Church tower restoration

Government coastal funding for Corton Church tower restoration

The congregation of St. Bartholomew's Church, Corton has been celebrating the award of a £28,300 grant from the government's Coastal Revival Fund (CRF).

Wed 27 Mar 2019
A mission project that  involves a building

A mission project that involves a building

During the early part of last summer, I drove over to Blakeney to hear a workshop led by Dr Nigel Walter who, by profession, is not only an architect but also a theologian, writes Fabric Officer Jamie Campbell

Sat 23 Mar 2019
Diocese of Norwich churches share in £430k grant boost

Diocese of Norwich churches share in £430k grant boost

Three historic churches in Norfolk are among 77 across the UK to share in a £430,000 Christmas grants payout from the National Churches Trust.

Thu 20 Dec 2018
Medieval church of All Saints' Waterden awarded National Lottery support

Medieval church of All Saints' Waterden awarded National Lottery support

South Creake PCC has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £182,000 for vital restoration work to the ancient church of All Saints’ Waterden. This hidden and remote North Norfolk gem nestles in the fields near the site of a lost medieval village.

Thu 18 Oct 2018
Bats In Churches

Bats In Churches

The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded £3.8 million for a project led by Natural England to save bats and protect churches  

Mon 15 Oct 2018
Cawston Parish Church wins National Lottery support for urgent repairs

Cawston Parish Church wins National Lottery support for urgent repairs

Cawston Parish Church has received a confirmed grant of £221,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major project which will weave together church and community.

Thu 9 Aug 2018
Roof Alarm Scheme saves churches over £2.5 million

Roof Alarm Scheme saves churches over £2.5 million

One year ago today the Diocese of Norwich launched an innovative ‘Roof Alarm Scheme’ to help protect Norfolk’s magnificent churches from the threat of lead thefts.

Fri 3 Aug 2018
Major repairs to St Nicholas, Salthouse

Major repairs to St Nicholas, Salthouse

Andrew Wigley, Churchwarden and Joint Project Co-ordinator shares the story of their successful application for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and the difference it will make to their community.

Thu 12 Jul 2018
Open Churches Week is growing!

Open Churches Week is growing!

For over 10 years, Open Churches Week has been an annual celebration where churches across the Diocese hold a variety of events in their church, inviting the local community in and enabling visitors to come and explore the building.

Thu 12 Jul 2018
A place of welcome and hospitality

A place of welcome and hospitality

Open Welcome is a new resource from Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre. It is designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors.

Thu 12 Jul 2018
200 years of supporting the Diocese of Norwich's churches

200 years of supporting the Diocese of Norwich's churches

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS), set up in 1818, which helped to build and enlarge many hundreds of Anglican churches.

Sat 2 Jun 2018
Over £100k Heritage Lottery funding for Norwich church

Over £100k Heritage Lottery funding for Norwich church

Tue 20 Mar 2018
'Bat nights' in churches

'Bat nights' in churches

Many churches in Norfolk are home to significant bat populations, and several churches have held bat nights to raise awareness of the role church buildings play.

Tue 13 Mar 2018
Frozen pipes and church buildings

Frozen pipes and church buildings

Cold weather can cause freezing to occur in church water pipes, especially if the system has been unused for a number of days. Frozen water inside pipes can cause them to split, producing leaks once thawing occurrs.

Wed 28 Feb 2018
Sowing seeds and branching out...

Sowing seeds and branching out...

The Revd Canon Andrew Beane shares how the Aylsham & District Team Ministry are using local history as a mission opportunity:

Mon 22 Jan 2018
Christmas funding boost for St Cuthbert's church, Thetford

Christmas funding boost for St Cuthbert's church, Thetford

St Cuthbert’s church in Thetford has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £20,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant.

Thu 21 Dec 2017
Early Christmas present to help turn Caston Church into Community Hub

Early Christmas present to help turn Caston Church into Community Hub

Holy Cross church has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £15,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant to help install a kitchen and engage their local community.

Tue 19 Dec 2017
HLF Bats in Churches (BiC) Project Survey

HLF Bats in Churches (BiC) Project Survey

The HLF Bats in Churches Project has released a survey to help shape the project

Wed 15 Nov 2017
Saving Knapton's Angels - how external funding saved the church's future

Saving Knapton's Angels - how external funding saved the church's future

Thu 9 Nov 2017
Raise the Alarm

Raise the Alarm

Churches across Norfolk have been suffering from a sustained spate of lead thefts with, on average, three to five churches targeted every month. Katherine Limbach outlines the new initiative to alarm church buildings, launched this summer.

Thu 26 Oct 2017
Do you think your church is welcoming? Nominate your church today!

Do you think your church is welcoming? Nominate your church today!

Four out of five people in Britain visit a church in the course of a year – but what impact does it have?

Mon 4 Sep 2017
Closure of the HLF Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) scheme

Closure of the HLF Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) scheme

The Heritage Lottery Fund will announce this week that its Grants for Places of Worship scheme is to cease in 2018.

Mon 3 Apr 2017
Introducing...Spire Support Services

Introducing...Spire Support Services

Spire Support Services Ltd is a company wholly owned by the Diocese of Norwich - Developing and adapting your church for today's needs.

Fri 31 Mar 2017
Churchyards: vital stepping stones for wildlife

Churchyards: vital stepping stones for wildlife

Working for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Team, Gemma Walker invites us to record the wildlife found in our churchyard spaces.

Wed 1 Mar 2017
Greening our churches

Greening our churches

During the course of many conversations I have had with parishes one question is raised fairly frequently: “What can WE do to make our church and churchyard more environmentally friendly?” Now that’s an interesting question!

Wed 1 Mar 2017
Guidance on keeping church buildings safe

Guidance on keeping church buildings safe

There are a number of useful websites and resources providing handy tips and guides on how to keep your church building safe

Mon 13 Feb 2017
Churches urged to be winter-ready this year  as cold spells takes hold

Churches urged to be winter-ready this year as cold spells takes hold

With the cold spell now well underway and the first of the seasonal storms already taking hold Ecclesiastical Insurance is advising churches to get ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ for winter.

Sat 3 Dec 2016
Lead Theft - a reminder to be vigilant

Lead Theft - a reminder to be vigilant

There have been a number of incidents in the south of our region over the last few weeks, where churches have been again targeted by lead thieves.

Mon 12 Sep 2016
Advice and guidance on security for places of worship

Advice and guidance on security for places of worship

The government have issued advice and guidance on personal security and security for places of worship.

Wed 27 Jul 2016
Are your services accessible to those with disabilities?

Are your services accessible to those with disabilities?

As a church, hopefully it goes without saying, that we are all inclusive, but sometimes we overlook the little things that we can do to help somebody with a disability.

Wed 1 Jun 2016
Competition to find the church with brightest local community ideas opens

Competition to find the church with brightest local community ideas opens

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has this week a launched national competition to find the church with the brightest idea to help its local community.

Thu 26 May 2016