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Last updated 25th July 2022

Churchwardens' briefings


The Archdeacons are keen to support you as you take up the important role of Churchwarden - whether for the first time or as an expereienced warden.

Their annual briefings (visitations) are aimed particularly for new wardens, but all are welcome to attend the training/briefing event in each Archdeaconry once a year. 

The Archdeacons lead guest speakers through topics of interest, and encourage questions, so that we share information and experience.   

If you have queries, please contact either Archdeacons' office.

Churchwardens' Briefings 2022

As usual we held two briefings, one in each Archdeaconry.

The presentation used at past training events is still a helpful resource, but certain aspects may need updating.

The Archdeacons also suggest this booklist for Churchwardens and PCC members - many of the books may be available second hand via the usual websites.  You could also ask if previous wardens have a copies they could pass on to you.  Some books have been updated, such as the Practical Church Management and make sure you are using the Church Representation Rules 2020

The national Parish Resources website is a great source of information for Churchwardens. 

We recommend that Churchwardens apply for a CofE Portal account Once registered you have easy access to a number of useful tools and national church websites in one place. 

Useful information and links 

Heather Ford, BA(Hons) PG Dip, Church Insurance Consultant in the Church Operations Team at Ecclesiastical (www.ecclesiastical.com) covered aspects of insurance.

Details of what Heather covered here and her 2022 Presentation is here

Heather has provided  links to various website resources referred to in the presentation and an electronic copy of role resume together with contact details.   

There are various inspection regimes for system and items in the church building and the details can be found below.



Helpful guidance

Electrical Installation

5 years

Church Electrical Wiring | Risk Management (ecclesiastical.com)


Lightning Conductor

4 years

Church Lightning Advice | Risk Management (ecclesiastical.com)

Smart water

5 years

SmartWater For Churches | Risk Management (ecclesiastical.com)

Alarm Systems


church-security-alarms.pdf (ecclesiastical.com)

Fire extinguishers


Church firefighting equipment guidance (ecclesiastical.com)

Fixed heating systems


Church Heating Systems | Risk Management (ecclesiastical.com)

In addition Ecclesiastical has produced a risk management tool for open churches, for heat pumps and information about PAT testing is available from HSE

Ecclestiastical has produced a Risk Management Calendar to use throughout the year and topics will be featured on a monthly e-newsletter. To sign up for this please see their website by clicking: Newsletter sign-up page

Rev Canon Andrew Holliday is the new Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC). He introduced the role of the DAC, building matters, and faculties.  The DAC has its own section on the Diocesan website.

Canon Prof John Rodwell gave an overview of the excellent practical support available to manage land and buildings to achieve carbon neutrality - and to encourage you to become 'wardens of creation'.  His presentation is here together with some useful links here.  You may want to keep an eye on the Creation Care and Environment section of the website. Carbon Neutral guidance notes are here.

The Registrar, Lisa Moncur, and Paddy Brown, Clerk to the Registry, presented on Churchyard regulations and marriage documentation/issues.  

At the Blackburn Briefing, Mark Ireland introduced Andrew Holliday, Heather Short and John Rodwell.  As well as the above information Archdeacon Mark presented three further useful documents




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