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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 


The most senior bishops or archbishops of the 39 churches (also known as provinces) of the worldwide Anglican Communion are being asked to produce a picture of what God’s creation means to them. 

The Primates of 39 provinces from Australia to Zambia, who between them lead tens of millions of Christians, are being invited to create a picture of the environment in their province which can be presented at an event in Lambeth Palace during Creationtide 1 September – 4 October 2018 and exhibited on web sites as part of a programme leading up to the Lambeth Conference in 2020.

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Government confirms its commitment to funding LPOW

The Church Buildings Council is pleased to announce that it has received written confirmation from the Heritage Minister, John Glen MP, that following the General Election the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will continue at its current levels until March 2020.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman MP, who led discussions with government ministers on the importance of LPOW, said “I am delighted to be able to confirm the government’s continuing commitment to this vital grant scheme until 2020. All involved recognise the part these grants have to play in maintaining our nation’s largest group of historic and community buildings.”

There are no changes planned to the eligibility criteria or application process. More information on applying can be found on the dedicated website: