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Church spires could play a key role in bringing wifi, broadband and mobile access to rural areas through a new agreement between the Church of England and the Government.

The full press release can be read here.

Guidance on this can be found here.

8 tonnes of plastic is dumped in the sea every minute.

Globally, plastics have reached every part of the world’s oceans with the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ thought to be 6 times the size of the UK. 

Through reducing our own use of plastic we can take action, following the fifth mark of mission 'to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth'.

Join us in using this day by day Lent Plastics Challenge. Share your experience - successes and frustrations - with others using the Plastic-Less Lent 2018 Facebook page.

We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour....Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence … We have no such right." “The resolve to live differently should affect our various contributions to shaping the culture and society in which we live,” Pope Francis

The resource has been featured on the BBC website , in the Times, Independent and the New York Times.

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Following consultation with the Church Buildings Council and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, the Church and Cathedral Building Division of the Archbishops' Council have responded to the November 2017 consultation draft of the Historic England Conservation Principles.

Below is a link to our response letter to the Head of Planning Advice and Reform for Historic England. It is hoped that by making this public, the review process will be as open as possilbe given that the Division is the representative body for the largest single type of listed buildings in England, accounting for nearly half of all Grade I buildings.

Our Response

The Diocese of Ely, with support from Historic England and the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust, is seeking to appoint a full-time Historic Church Buildings Support Officer to work with the diocese's historic churches in Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk. 

The role will focus on the challenges of maintaining and repairing historic church buildings, many of them Grade I listed, in contexts ranging from urban and suburban Cambridge and Peterborough, through the diocese's diverse complement of market towns, to the sometimes remote churches of the Fens. 

The role is funded jointly by Historic England, the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust and the Ely Diocesan Board of Finance and is currently fully funded for three years. The future of the role will be reviewed towards the end of that period.

The closing date for applications is the 14th February. More information avaialbe on their website