St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rowington Close, Paddington. London. W2 5TF

We were delighted to be able to hold a successful face-to-face AGM and Autumn meeting back in November, which included a number of virtual attendees and speakers.

We are now progressing our programme for 2022 when we hope to be able to see more of you again, hopefully to including the previously postponed meeting in Salisbury. 

Covid 19 Advice

Can we encourage you to continue to monitor the Coronavirus pages on the Church of England website, which details arrangements for architects, surveyors and contractors to visit churches in the course of their work, providing they are able to do so safely. See

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As these challenging times are still with us, HRBA continues to operate and the e-newsletter, as you can see, is still coming out every month so please continue to send us any news or items of interest. We are receiving emails and will do our best to answer promptly. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HRBA’s monthly series from ‘our Roving Reporter’
The Roving Reporter is taking a summer break, but will be back in the autumn. This is our series of short blogs where ‘our reporter’ describes a new idea or successful initiative being implemented in a historic religious building.
So do tell us about anything you have recently implemented that is working well.
Victorian Society’s Walking Tours and Autumn Talks
The Vic Soc's autumn event calendar is open for booking and includes walking tours of JF Bentley churches in Notting Hill and Bayswater and Woolwich Garrison Church and St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich

Timely Pointers to Heaven" CHCT On-Line Lectures
The Cambridge Historic Churches Trust are running monthly lectures from June until September covering sun-dials, clocks, towers and spires and change-ringing.
Leeds Minster: ‘noblest among the noble’ of the early-Victorian churches
Saturday 11 September 2021, 10.30am - 5.15 pm
A one-day Conference hosted by the Ecclesiological Society, with support from Leeds Civic Trust. The Minster is the most important church erected in England around 1840, at that ‘heady’ moment when Anglicanism was moving in a Higher direction thanks to the Tractarians, and Gothic authenticity was being promoted energetically by the Cambridge Camden Society. And it remains almost entirely unchanged. To book your ticket, please go to:
Ride+Stride for churches, 11 September 2021
Ride+Stride for churches is a sponsored bike ride or walk between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. It takes place every year on the second Saturday in September. The money raised helps to repair churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout England and

Graves, Shrouds and Epitaphs, 11 September 2021
The Church Monuments Society has arranged an afternoon of free lectures at the St Alban’s Centre, Holborn, after their AGM. The lectures planned are: Dr Christina Faraday, Vivit Post Funera Virtus: The Elizabethan and Jacobean Monuments in Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge’; Dr Stuart Prior and Dr Helen Frisby, ‘Grounds for Grave Concern: the life and work of the gravedigger’; and Prof. Madeleine Gray, ‘The Art of the Macabre in Medieval Wales’. The AGM is for members only but all are welcome at the lectures: no need to book, just turn up. More details at
HOLY GROUND: Art, faith and the natural environment, 17-19 September 2021
A weekend conference/retreat at Berwick Church, Sussex
co-hosted by Art and Christianity and Berwick Church
To mark the completion of a major project to conserve the Bloomsbury Group murals at Berwick Church (East Sussex), this event will explore how artists can contribute to the life of a church and its community, particularly in a rural setting and with respect for the natural environment. Speakers will address the remarkable mural-paintings that Berwick Church boasts, and newly commissioned artists will speak about their work in response to the church and its paintings.
Jewish Heritage Days: 1 September until 31 December 2021
B'nai B'rith UK has released a PDF of heritage activities for their European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage 2021. The theme for the 2021 European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage (September to December) will be 'Dialogue'.
The Lay Experience of the Medieval Cathedral, Saturday 2 October
The Annual Conference of the Ecclesiological Society, 2021. Our cathedrals are very familiar to us today, but how were they seen and experienced by medieval lay people? This conference seeks at answer that question so that we can better understand what it was like for ordinary folk to visit a cathedral – whether as part of a pilgrimage or more generally.
Save the Date: The joint Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust/Churches Trusts Forum Conference
Entitled ‘Church Buildings- Moving on from Covid’, the conference will take place on Thursday 21 October at St. Martin's House, Leicester Cathedral. More information will appear shortly.
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