The first annual Historic Churches Conference for the Diocese of East Anglia will take place on Friday June 24 at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich between 10.30am-4.30pm.
This event is being organised by Eloise Limmer, Historic Churches Support Officer for the Diocese, and its focus will be on supporting those that care for the 23 listed churches in the Diocese, although the talks will be of interest to others too. There is no charge to attend.
The key guest speaker will be Sophie Andreae, Vice Chair of the Patrimony Committee at the Bishops Conference of England and Wales talking about the role of the Patrimony Committee and the funding landscape for historic places of worship.
Members of the Historic Churches Committee will be in attendance to describe the role of the Committee and explain the Faculty process. St John’s Cathedral architect, Suzi Pendlebury, will highlight the importance of maintenance when caring for historic buildings with the opportunity for a tour of the works that have been done at the Cathedral. Sandra Portas, Diocesan Stewardship and Fundraising Officer, will present advice on applying for external funding.
Eloise Limmer said: “We hope the conference will become an annual event where people from all the parishes with listed churches come together to develop their knowledge about how best to care for these special buildings. It will be a great opportunity to come together and share experiences as well as having a chance to discuss ideas with members of the Historic Churches Committee and other experts.
“Caring for these buildings can be a daunting prospect so this is a chance for parishes to get support and information and provide feedback on how the Diocese can better support them. There will be a particular focus on external funding opportunities which should be of interest to a lot of parishes!”
All are welcome but it is expected that all parishes with listed churches send at least one representative.
To book or for more details, email Eloise at email@example.com
Pictured above is guest speaker Sophie Andreae, Vice Chair of the Patrimony Committee at the CBCEW.