SPAB’s FREE Faith in Maintenance Training Day at Cromford, Derbyshire

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Cromford, Derbyshire (DE4 3RQ)

Date: Friday July 7th

Held as part of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) annual summer Working Party

As part of our annual summer Working Party, this year taking place at the Lumsdale Valley, Derbyshire Sunday 2nd – Friday 7th July, we will be holding a free Faith in Maintenance Course for volunteers who look after places of worship. The course will take place at St Mary's Church, Cromford, Derbyshire.

The day provides practical, simple-to-follow training and advice to help people understand how the building they care for works, and how to ‘trouble shoot’ and solve problems caused by common problems like leaky gutters and blocked drains.

Our Faith in Maintenance day will help volunteers to:

  • Recognise potential problems
  • Tackle common maintenance tasks
  • Understand inspections and reports
  • Know when to call in an expert
  • Stay safe
  • Appreciate local building materials and construction methods

As well as talks, the day includes a practical observation exercise, looking at elements of church buildings and learning to identify issues. There are also opportunities for discussion with building professionals and other delegates who face similar issues. Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of the SPAB’s Good Maintenance Guide. (Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided, but lunch is not included.)

The course is presented free of charge as part of the SPAB’s annual week-long Working Party, this year taking place in Lumsdale and Cromford (2nd – 7th), in partnership with the Arkwright Society, as part of a wider programme of practical and educational activities arranged by the Society. For more information about the Working Party, go to:

To book a place or find out more contact the SPAB education team: 0207 456 0915 / email: (Bookings taken until Friday June 30th)


Media contacts: SPAB press office Kate Griffin 0207 456 0905 / Alison McClary 0207 456 0908

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris 140 years ago to care for and preserve the UK’s architectural heritage. Since its foundation, SPAB has been committed to maintenance matters, in line with William Morris’ exhortation to: “Stave off decay by daily care.”  Today it is a dynamic organisation, and registered charity (no. 231307), taking building conservation into the future.  To find out more visit