Lanercost dossal 19.6 (122) location detail

Cumbria has wonderful examples of all types of places of worship from mediaeval to modern and an active Churches Together in Cumbria group working ecumenically with many of them. This is being reflected in the membership and interest in the developing Maintenance Co-operatives.

What will being part of a Co-operative mean to you as a place of worship or as an individual volunteer?

It’s all about accessing support, information, advice and training. Find out more about the benefits of being part of a Co-operative here.

As well as providing training, hands-on workshops, Technical Advice and a Toolkit of useful templates, free technical advice on specific building issues is also available via the SPAB technical team.

Find out more about Co-operatives that are already up and running


Co-operatives include

  • A West Coast Co-operative based around Workington and Whitehaven
  • A Heart of Eden Co-operative based around Appleby in the east of Cumbria

Get in touch

Cumbria Project Officer Sue Manson is happy to come and talk to your local places of worship, Synod, local Deanery, Circuit or equivalent about the project if you’d like to find out more. She will also be pleased to add you to your local Cumbrian eNewsletter.

Poster Template for Maintenance Co-ops Events

Read about Sue's visit to see the Lanercost Priory dossal, designed by William Morris, on our blog

Presentations from Sarah Crossland of the National Churches Trust given at the Engaging with Communities training day in Cumbria on 5 April 2016 are below:

Open and Welcoming pdf

Open and Welcoming audio file

Friends Groups pdf

Friends Groups audio file

Some other useful presentations from recent events held in Cumbria are also below:

Approaching Community Engagement (presentation by Becky Payne, April 2016)

Different Models for Sharing the Burden (presentation by Becky Payne, April 2016)

The HLF GPOW Programme and Community Outcomes (presentation by Becky Payne, April 2016)

Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund (presentation by Ashlyn Whitty, Kendal, 8 January 2016)

You may find some useful events on the website of LAWSA, the Lancaster and Westmorland Society of Architects