The Church of England and “Festival Churches”: the Norwich model

Subsequent to previous posts on “Festival Churches”, Stuart Jones, of Birketts LLP and Registrar of the Diocese of Norwich, explains the Diocesan Churches Trust model further… 


The Norwich model referred to in paragraph III of Trevor Cooper’s original post (The festival church as the responsibility of a Diocesan Trust) envisages the grant of a lease of the bulk of the relevant church building by the Incumbent, acting with the PCC (if any remains), in favour of the Diocesan Churches Trust. The Trust has been established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation under the provisions of the Charities Act 2011. At present (February 2016) the four trustees are the three Archdeacons of the Diocese and the Diocesan Secretary. Continue reading