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The floor of a church or cathedral can be one of the most significant features of the building. But how well do we understand the importance of a floor or the most appropriate way of maintaining or repairing it? Replacing an entire floor is a major undertaking that needs careful thought as to the impact on the fabric and visual appearance of the building. ChurchCare are therefore pleased to be able to announce the launch of a guidance note, developed jointly with the Society for the Protection of Ancient buildings, which addresses these issues in detail. To read more please click here for the guidance note.

We are delighted to welcome Becky Clark as the new Director of ChurchCare from the beginning of 2017.

Becky has been Senior Cathedrals Officer in the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division since 2013 and formerly worked at English Heritage, Surrey County Council and the National Trust.

In her new role Becky will be Secretary to both the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) and Church Buildings Council (CBC) as well as a member of the Archbishops' Council senior management team and the NCI Senior Leadership Group (SLG).

Secretary General, William Nye, said: 'I know that Becky's wealth of experience working in the heritage sector, leadership qualities, personal faith and her commitment to church buildings, equip her admirably to support the Church as it is transformed through Renewal and Reform.'

Becky was appointed from a field of external and internal candidates by a panel including members of the CFCE and CBC. Becky will start in her new role in January.

A lifelong Christian, Becky worships at a church near her home in South London. Becky trained as an archaeologist at Oxford University and holds a Masters in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham. She is currently completing an MBA through Warwick Business School with a dissertation studying models of Church leadership.

"I am honoured to have been offered this opportunity and excited about the opportunities it presents to support the incredible work churches and cathedrals are doing to further mission, support and foster communities, and provide salt and light to the world.

"As a historian I know that England's churches and cathedrals represent a unique shared history and experience, and as a Christian I see that these buildings continue to offer many ways to tell people the good news of Christ. It is by respecting and embracing both of these aspects that we can demonstrate the relevance, importance and joyfulness of churches well into the future."

Major Parish Churches

The Historic England research report on Major Parich Churches has now been published. The CBC has also published its criteria for Major Parish Churches and the list of 300 churches from which the case studies for the research were chosen. Dioceses and parishes are now invited to propose additions to the CBC list if they wish. Details can be found on the new Major Parish Church page on ChurchCare.

Help switching your church or your own energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Church of England and its environmental campaign Shrinking the Footprint have signed up to the Big Church Switch, a campaign led by Christian Aid and Tearfund. The Big Church Switch calls on churches and individual Christians of all denominations to switch their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy. By using clean, renewable energy the Church can demonstrate its commitment to care for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.

Find out more here.

Be inspired by Anna's journey to turn her church green.