Following a spate of lead thefts in the diocese, churches are being urged to install roof alarms. Without an alarm, insurance payments to cover any theft is limited but grants are available to help with alarm installation. Read this recent news post on the thefts for more information and some helpful links (Feb 2020).
The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the Care of Churches is a statutory committee. It exists to serve our parishes and to advise the diocesan chancellor on faculties.
Membership is made up of volunteer specialists, clerics and lay members – who are appointed by the Bishop’s Council – plus the three archdeacons.
The DAC can provide advice to churchwardens, parishes and clergy who are planning work to their churches. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, who have between them knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture, archaeology, art and history and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents. The committee members are supported by a team of consultants and specialist advisers.
More information on the function of DACs is on the ChurchCare website (administrated by the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England).