The Church Repair Society is an association of parishes which subscribe to the society and have democratic control of it. All the officers and committee members are elected, unpaid volunteers. They share knowledge and information on all of the problems and difficulties besetting those responsible for the upkeep of our churches today.

The society was founded in 1984 in the north-east of the diocese and is a local, independent resource, recognised and supported by the diocesan office.

The Church Repair Society may be contacted via Mr Terry Bowker, Croft House, 12 School Lane, West Butterwick DN17 3LB (T: 01724 78 35 53).

Benefits of membership

Join the society and receive half the cost of your quinquennial inspection (up to a maximum of £250). You must be a member for the five-year period in which the inspection is carried out.

Enter your church into the repair scheme, for no additional cost, and we will offer:

  • a simple but reliable scheme for paying for repairs by regular saving
  • the opportunity to have the repairs and emergency work done quickly
  • an emergency loan facility
  • advice about finance and grants
  • good rates of interest on all savings
  • a way to prevent small problems growing into big ones
  • security for the future.

All Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) in the Diocese of Lincoln are invited to become members of the society, whether or not they intend to enter a building into the repair scheme, and the current subscription is £30 per annum.

The best time to enter a building into the scheme is immediately after a QI. This will show the surveyor’s estimated costs of repairs over the following five-year period. This forms the basis of the ‘Church Repair Rate’ which will be paid by the PCC into their repair fund during the following five-year period.

For further information, a leaflet produced by the Church Repair Society is available here, and an application form and a standing order instruction form are available here and here, respectively. A summary page, circulated in 2019, is available here.

Annual Report

See here for: The Annual Report for 2020 for the Church Repair Society