Diocesan Advisory Committee (Care of Church Buildings), Pastoral & Closed Churches


Quick links and downloads

DAC Agenda



2014 DAC Dates


Guidance notes for Churchwardens


Ash Tree "Die back" - Chalara fraxinee 




Quinquennial Inspections of Churches and Reports




QR codes on headstones 

If a request is received to allow a QR code to be inscribed on to an existing headstone or to be incoroprated into a new headstone faculty permission must be sought via the Diocesan Registry

Please telephone Mrs Sarah Hart on 01722 432390 or e-mail registry@battbroadbent.co.uk


Church Commissioners Central Contents Register

The Church Commissioners hold lists of ecclesiastical items which are 'available to other churches' and 'wanted by other churches'.  Below are links to the lists as of July 2014 (produced quarterly). 

To avoid disappointment, please check with Liz Batty at the DAC (01962 737322) if you have items you wish to dispose of, or are thinking of acquiring from the list, as to what level of permission (Schedule B or Faculty) is required before progressing too far.

Items for sale                     

Items wanted           

Add an item to the list

Contact for suppliers              

Church commissioners disclaimer


DAC, Pastoral & Closed Churches

The focus of this team is to ensure that our churches and parishes are provisioned as best as possible to meet the needs of worshippers in terms of clergy provision and physical accommodation.

Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)
This covers anything relating to the care and maintenance of churches, their contents and surroundings and includes training of churchwardens. The DAC has the responsibility of advising the Chancellor and assisting the parishes in respect of all Faculty applications.

The DAC - along with their experts - will give advice to parishes relating to proposals for works and to agree how to progress with a scheme.  Where a scheme requires significant resource or substantial change, the parish should draw up a Statement of Significance and Need and consult national bodies, such as English Heritage, as well as the DAC. The DAC will advise when this is required and will provide guidance notes.

Once plans are developed into a formal, documented proposal, the proposal should be sent to the DAC, who then issue a certificate. The parish should display a public notice to give local residents and others the chance to make comments and objections.

The DAC, therefore, is responsible for the correct procedure by which churches are inspected, necessary works are noted, and the works undertaken in an orderly and lawful way.

The DAC is highly aware of its duty to maintain consecrated buildings, to be mindful of the rich Christian heritage old churches bear, and to have a full appreciation of the living needs the physical churches, ancient or modern, must meet. Few decisions are taken lightly, and full consultation is always sought, where it is appropriate.

In complex matters, where decisions are difficult or where objections have been raised, the Diocesan Chancellor will consider petitions and hold hearings at the consistory court.  The consistory court can enforce works to be carried out, or to be re-done if they do not meet the conditions laid down.

This area covers the legal aspects of amalgamation of parishes and includes parish boundary changes, disposal of or acquisition of, or designation of clergy houses in parishes and changes to the vesting of land. The administration of these processes is carried out by the Pastoral Secretary.

When an incumbent leaves a parish this creates a vacancy. The administration of the necessary processes required to fill the post via liaison with the patrons and interested parties is carried out by the Pastoral Secretary. Included in this is the process of suspending the presentation of the living to patrons to allow for pastoral re-organisation.

Closed Churches
The processes required to declare a church redundant are administered in this department. These include liaison with the parishioners and incumbent, investigations of shared or alternative uses or ownership and assessment of the importance architecturally of the building before instigation of the appropriate application via the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee. This also involves future involvement with closed churches to ensure that conditions attached to any sale or lease are adhered to.


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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre