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Faith in Maintenance - FREE online workshop

Do you worry about damp in your church building? Are you concerned that small problems could develop into costly repairs?

Maintenance might not be the most glamorous side of managing historic places of worship, but it can make all the difference.

A little time spent on a basic building ‘MOT’ can save a great deal of money at a later date, but where do you start and what should you do? This FREE workshop will help you understand how your building works and how to spot and tackle common problems.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, this workshop will be delivered online as a combination of a pre-recorded presentation and videos, and a live session on 27 March 2021 (10:00 - 13:00).


See below for more details.

To book contact Holly Isted - email: or phone: 07948 350211

Faith in Maintenance

The routine care of places of worship: a guide for volunteers

A bespoke course for the Diocese of Ely, presented by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

Live session: Saturday 27 March 2021, 10:00 - 13:00 (Online via Zoom) + Pre-recorded presentation (x1) and church maintenance videos (x 5) will be made available in advance of this date.

This beginner/intermediate-level course is designed to help those who care for places of worship to understand their faith building and take practical action to look after it. This enduringly popular course was originally designed for the SPAB’s award-winning Faith in Maintenance project to support and advise volunteers caring for faith buildings of all types.

The workshop will include the following presentations:

Places of Worship in Context, Geoffrey Hunter, DAC Secretary and Head of the Church Buildings and Pastoral Department (pre-recorded)

  • An overview of historic faith buildings in the local area.
  • Traditional materials and building construction techniques.

Maintenance, James Innerdale - an accredited architect, historic buildings consultant and former SPAB technical officer. (live session)

  • What is maintenance? Why do buildings decay?
  • Why is maintenance important? What should we look for?

Managing Maintenance, James Innerdale (live session)

  • Planning for the routine care of historic places of worship.
  • Understanding the role of professional inspections and reports,
  • Managing relationships with professionals, contractors and specialists.

Staying safe, James Innerdale (live session)

  • Risk assessment, working at height, fire safety.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. The SPAB remains true to its founding principles and is now the oldest and most technically expert building conservation charity in the UK, fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. The SPAB is a membership organisation and offers training, events and expert advice, as well as publishing a quarterly Magazine, technical pamphlets and advice notes.

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First published on: 3rd March 2021
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