Diocesan Advisory Committee (Care of church buildings)
Quick links and downloads
- DAC meeting agenda > 4 December 2013 (pdf)
- 2014 DAC Meeting, agenda & site visit dates > meeting dates (pdf)
- Ash Tree "Die back" Chalara fraxinee Advice note (pdf)
- Chancellor's directions for churchyard memorials & application to introduce a memorial (pdf)
- 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 email@example.com > Please see Registry letter on QR codes
- Quinquennial Inspections of Churches > Reimbursement of QI Fees Grid (pdf)
- Schedule to the Diocesan Scheme for the Inspection of Churches (pdf)
- Claiming reimbursement of QI report fees from the Diocesan Office > Notes to the Schedule to the Diocesan Scheme for the Inspection of Churches (pdf)
- Guidance notes for Churchwardens > Church Buildings and Faculties - Guidance notes for Churwardens (pdf)
- Permissions - Schedule A (known as "de-minimis" & Schedule B permission guidance notes
Church Commissioners Central Contents Register
The Church Commissioners hold a list of ecclesiastical items available to other churches and wanted by other churches. Below are links to the lists as of October 2013. Please check with Liz Batty at the DAC (01962 737322) if considering offering items you wish to dispose of or think of acquiring from the list on what level of permission (Schedule B or Faculty) is required before progressing too far in discussions to avoid disappointment.
Meet the DAC team:
Mrs Catherine Roberts, Head of DAC, Pastoral and Closed Churches
Tel: 01962 737306
Cathy directs the work of this department and manages the work of the Church Buildings Officer and the Administration Assistant. She is the DAC Secretary and therefore has a particular responsibility for all work relating to faculty applications, church buildings and their contents. She is also Pastoral Secretary and is tasked with delivering the practical out-workings of the statutory functions of the Diocese Pastoral and Mission Measure as determined by the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee. Cathy also acts as Designated Officer under the Patronage Benefices Measure 1986 to administer the processes when an incumbent leaves the parish and creates a vacancy.
Miss Liz Batty, Church Buildings Officer
Tel: 01962 737322
Liz works closely with Cathy in processing faculty applications and is the first point of contact for enquires by telephone and e-mail, Liz is happy to assist parishes through the faculty process. In addition to this she provides support to the Head of Department in the management of Closed Churches.
Mrs Dorothy Lewis, Administration Assistant
Tel: 01962 737308
Dorothy provides administration support to Liz and Cathy in processing faculty applications and also supports Cathy with the administration of pastoral schemes and the vacancy process.
The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)
The DAC can give advice, with experts they may have consulted, to discuss proposals for works and to agree how the DAC will assist in the scheme.
Where a scheme requires significant resources or substantial changes, the parish should draw up a Statement of Significance and Needs 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 ideas are developed into a formal, documented proposal, the proposal is sent to the DAC, who then issue a certificate. The parish then displays 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 constantly aware of its duties 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.
DAC, Pastoral & Closed Churches
The focus of this work 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.
Roles and responsibilities
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.
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 under the direction of the Head of this department.
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 under the direction of the Head of this department. Included in this is the process of suspending the presentation of the living to patrons to allow for pastoral re-organisation.
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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