Lincolnshire has a rich religious heritage which is reflected in the hundreds of places of worship across the county. This ranges from the iconic Lincoln Cathedral, to the Wesley Memorial Chapel in Epworth, as well as a huge number of rural churches, chapels, and meetings houses.
Churches are the greatest glory of Lincolnshire. Nowhere else in the world are there so many magnificent churches in so small an area
But, as Lincolnshire Churches Trust say, “somebody has to maintain them”. Project Officer Stella Jackson, therefore, is working across the county to help those who look after these buildings, developing networks of volunteers who they can call on to lend a hand, and building capacity at the local level.
This includes training events, such as hands-on workshops (see events), as well as providing technical advice on specific building issues via the SPAB technical team. If you need help or advice with anything at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her!
There are six Maintenance Co-op groups in Lincolnshire and North Norfolk:
North Manlake – Near / between Scunthorpe & the Humber Bridge
Holland – South / East of Boston, incl Algarkirk and Benington
Lincoln City – City centre churches such as St Mary-le-Wigford
South Wolds – Horncastle and surrounding villages
Saxon Shore – North Norfolk: Brancaster and nearby coastal villages
South Lincolnshire– Barrowby (Grantham) and nearby churches
If you’re interested in joining any of these Co-ops, please let Stella know as new members are always welcome.
The groups all meet up regularly (once a quarter), and hold regular training events and working parties (all with a free lunch!). Everyone's welcome to come along to any of these, so have a look at the upcoming events in Lincolnshire for more information.
Click on the links below to access (hopefully) useful, Lincolnshire-specific information, including slides from presentations at training events.
Click here for Stella's project introduction/overview presentation
Click here for a document listing contractors based in Lincolnshire/E-Mids
Co-ops project information pack:
Training event presentations:
Click here for Stella's presentation on condition surveys and maintenance plans
Click here for the slides from a caring for churchyards sesssion
Click here for slides on project management and developing your ideas
Further information on a wide range of technical issues, from looking after windows to lightening protection, can be found on our techincal advice pages
Project Officer Stella Jackson is happy to come and talk to you about the project if you’d like to find out more. She will also be pleased to add you to her Lincolnshire Mailing list, and answer any questions that you might have about how to look after your building.