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Will Jones
 Energy Efficiency in Your Community Conference

Community Energy England and Carbon Coop have joined forces to bring a full day of workshops and presentations from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit. The event is focused on practical skills to enable Community Energy organisations and partners to initiate, improve and extend energy efficiency services in their area.

The day conference will take place on Thursday 19 April 2018, 10:00–16:30, at St Luke's Church, Great Colmore Street, Birmingham. Follow the link for more details and to book your place.

  Website:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-efficiency-in-your-community-tickets-43311716510.

Claire Strachan
 HLF Funding Support Workshop

If you are considering applying for Heritage Lottery funding do think about attending one of their very helpful funding support workshops, held monthly in Birmingham. These workshops are a great opportunity to find out about HLF funding, get tips on how to make a good application and network with other organisations from your area. You will also meet the development team for HLF in the West Midlands who will provide you with free advice and support.
For more information and to book a place please follow the weblink below.

  Website:  www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/events-and-workshops-west-midlands

Claire Strachan
 FREE training: Caring for your churchyard 15th May

Churchyards are important as a place of burial, but they also have significant ecological, archaeological and geological importance. However, caring for these places puts a lot of responsibility on PCC's which can make churchyards feel like a huge burden.

This FREE training session on May 15th (2:00pm - 4:30pm) will cover all the main areas of churchyard care and management, including:
Burial and commemoration
Flora and fauna
Maintenance/Health and safety
Churchyard Regulations and Faculty Jurisdiction
Churchyard Management Plans

For more information and to register please follow the weblink below.

  Website:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caring-for-your-churchyard-registration-43841122979
  Email:      claire.strachan@covcofe.org

Ryan Finnegan
 Scaffolding and Roof repairs

Historic England have noticed that a number of ancient churchyard crosses have been put at risk because the specifications for roof repairs and scaffolding have not explicitly stated that these should be properly protected before works begin.

Some of these are Scheduled Ancient Monuments in their own right and are vulnerable. Please could you ensure that what needs to be protected is spelt out as it’s not always obvious in standard specifications? We are highlighting this issue to the QI architects too.

Ryan Finnegan
 Wifi accord

You will have seen and heard much in the press last weekend about the Church of England accord with the Government to boost Wifi, broadband and mobile access in rural areas. Parish Buying is the lead for the church on the accord, and has provided this short update.

The accord is to provide a sense of direction not a national takeover. PB is doing a framework agreement and hopes to have suitable suppliers in place by June, able to work locally with parishes and dioceses. Optional: work to do on the place of connectivity in churches, sustainability, consistency of approach.

For guidance on telecoms in churches please click the link below.

  Website:  www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/open-sustainable/telecoms