Church Buildings Support Network

What is it?

A new form of support for parishes. The aim is to bring together people who are involved in looking after church buildings, to share experiences and resources and provide encouragement and support.

Who is it for?

Anyone involved (or considering becoming involved) in looking after church buildings - volunteers, paid workers, clergy, Friends Groups etc.

How does it work?

The network will start this year with a series of informal meetings, mostly online, but with one or two face-to-face gatherings.

It will be managed by Holly Robinson, the Diocese’s Historic Church Buildings Support Officer, but it will be shaped by the participants. Holly has already consulted with a small group of church volunteers to help launch the network. 

Details of the meetings will be published as far in advance as possible on this webpage and in Diocesan newsletters.

Do I need to join?

You don’t need to sign-up to become a member or attend every meeting. Booking is only required to help manage sessions.  Just join the sessions which interest you the most.

What if I am busy and can’t join a meeting?

Notes from the meetings will be published on this webpage and emailed directly to people on request.

Zoom meetings will be recorded in order to take detailed notes, but the recording will not be stored or published online.

What happens in the meetings?

The meetings will be informal with plenty of opportunities for discussion. If more than 15 people take part online, the group will split into smaller groups at appropriate points. Most of the meetings with have a theme as well as an opportunity for general discussion, but a few will be open.

In-person events will take place at a church. Refreshments will be provided.

The format is not set in stone.  It will develop according to feedback and may change depending upon the content.

Current Programme



April 17th


7pm – 8:30pm

Online: zoom

Focus on Heating

An opportunity to discuss heating with Geoffrey Hunter and Sacha Watson (our new Net Zero Carbon Officer).

Read the notes from this meeting here.

June 4th


7pm- 8:30pm

Online: zoom

Focus on Toilets and Kitchens

Chris Parker and Sue Garland talk about The Aisle Project at St Mary’s, Feltwell. Watch the presentation recording here: The Aisle Project

Please note the white box which appears on the right of the screen is to hide the video of participants.  Apologies for the text which is slightly cut-off as a result.

Read the notes from this meeting here

Link to fundraising video:

July 30th


10am - 2pm

St Mary's Church, Feltwell

Summer Gathering

Join us at St Mary’s for a tour, chat and lunch.

Find out about recent projects including toilet and kitchen, community café, foodbank and churchyard wall repair.

Lunch included – booking essential - please email, FREE, donations welome.

September 4th


7pm- 8:30pm

Online: zoom

Focus on Lighting

Speakers TBC


October/ November TBC

7pm – 8:30pm

Online: zoom

Focus on Friends Groups and community engagement

Speakers TBC


Questions or Comments

Any questions or comments, please contact Holly Robinson.

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