The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches, known as the DAC, is a statutory body set up under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991.
Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship; the care and maintenance of church buildings and their contents; and the care and maintenance of churchyards.
For the most part, the DAC advises churchwardens, PCCs and clergy who are planning work to their churches, and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, supported by a team of consultants and advisers on specialised topics such as bells, brasses, clocks, lighting, organs and trees.
Caring for church buildings is a great challenge for churchwardens and PCCs. The DAC provides advice, support, and encouragement at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion, whether it be quinquennial repairs, reordering, or a new extension, whether on a small or large scale. As well as producing guidance notes and other published material (see below), the DAC and its consultants are happy to visit parishes to offer their expertise and experience – the earlier in the process, the better.
DAC Design Awards Scheme
The DAC administers the Design Awards Scheme, which recognises excellence in design and craftsmanship, and to encourage the commissioning of individual designs rather than resorting to standard catalogue items. The scheme applies to everything which requires faculty consent, from small items such as candlesticks and light fittings, to stained glass, memorials, sculpture, paintings, furniture, etc., through to reordering schemes, whole building developments, cremated-remains areas in churchyards, or tree planting projects
The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, presented nine Design Awards at a celebration luncheon at the Diocesan Office in July 2015.
Risk Assessment of your church
- How to carry out Risk Assessment of your church - Ecclesiastical Insurance Link
- How Use fire-risk-assessment-form - Ecclesiastical Insurance
- PDF - General Risk Assessment Form - Eccelesiastical Insurance
- A & B Lists (Rules 3.2 and 3.3)
- Agenda and Meeting Dates 2016
- Churchyard Handbook 2012 Edition
- ChurchCare (CBC) Guidance Notes Including - Funding - Sources of Funding for Conservation Projects
- Charitable Grants for Churches
- Essex Police - Crime Prevention Strategy
- CR1 Memorial Headstone Application
- The DAC and the Faculty Process - Under Revision
- DAC Constitution
- DAC Advisors
- DAC Members
- The Changing Church - a guide to developing and adapting church buildings
- Redundant Organs guidance
- Useful Addresses e.g. Registry, SPAB, Historic England & Others
- The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 #1568 (Came into force 1st January 2016)
The following websites also contain useful information and advice:
- Ancients Monuments Society
- Church Care (Church Buildings Council)
- Ecclesiastical Insurance
- Historic England
- Essex County Council
- Friends of Essex Churches Trust
- Funds for Historic Buildings
- Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Victorian Society
- Natural England
- Faith in Maintenance
- Building Conservation
- War Memorial Trust
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