Update: Spring Meeting Salisbury 2022

Friday, 6th and Saturday, 7th May 2022

EASA will be holding its first Spring Conference in two years this May. Members' mailing packs have been sent out to all members, but if you do not receive one in the next few days, or if you are not yet a member of EASA but would like to join us then please let us know using the “Contact Us” button at the foot of this page.

During the conference we will be visiting St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury to hear a variety of speakers who will explain why this church was this year’s winner of the 2021 “Presidents’ Award”. They will look at the history of the church and the subsequent re-ordering works carried out and the conservation of the Doom Painting of the Chancel Arch along with a look at the new altar and plans for the new font.

We shall also visit St John’s Church Bishopstone, a medieval church with links to Pugin situated in the countryside south west of Salisbury, as we progress to Donhead St Andrew. Here we shall look at the conservation and re-ordering work carried out to this parish church in 2019, where a small congregation have enabled a full upgrade of the church to better serve the whole local community. This church was “Highly Commended” in the 2021 “Presidents’ Award” and so is worth a visit for this alone.

The booking deadline for joining the conference is Friday, 8th April 2022 so do please give urgent thought to your attendance for what will be a very interesting and informative conference.



Wednesday 6th October 2021 5:00PM

"Further thoughts on the design and installation of these installations on sensitive sites"

EASA will be holding a further virtual evening meeting at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6 October 2021 developing our thoughts on Net Zero Carbon matters, with a seminar on “Solar photo-voltaic arrays at two cathedrals”. This is the third of our EASA Electronic Evenings looking at matters of sustainability and it follows up on our earlier session during the series last May, on the installation of photo-voltaic cells on church buildings.

Our speakers for the evening will discuss installations at Gloucester and Salisbury Cathedrals. Antony Feltham-King, Principal of St Ann’s Gate Architects, will tell us about the Gloucester project. This talk will range from the wider contextual issues through to design and how technical difficulties were overcome. Canon Dr. Robert Titley, Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, will then give a talk from the client’s perspective on the installation at Salisbury Cathedral.

The speakers will then be joined for a Q&A session by panelists Izaak Hudson, Architect to Salisbury Cathedral, and by Tom Crooks whose photovoltaic installation on a Grade 2 listed church in Sheffield was the subject of our May seminar.

The Q&A session will be chaired by Anna Joynt, who will field your questions as they are sent in via the chat line system. There may also be an opportunity here to continue the interesting discussions begun at the last EASA e-session on to what extent it might be acceptable to see photovoltaic cells on listed church buildings.


Thursday 23rd September 2021 5:00PM

Bats found in churches are a common issue when building conservation and repairwork is proposed. Help and support is often found through support from Natural England and other such ecological bodies, amongst whom is the “Bats in Churches Project”. To develop our knowledge further we will be running a seminar on the subject, which will take place at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 23rd September 2021. This meeting will follow our usual format for such events and will run for about an hour and a half, concluding with a Question and Answer session at the end.

The “Bats in Churches” project is a five year initiative that aims to help churches live more harmoniously with their bats and this seminar will give us all a chance to see what the project has been doing to assist churches from the larger bat mitigation projects down to the small scale and focused protection of particular heritage assets. Members of the project will join us to talk about their aims for the future and how these may be useful to the wider world of church architectural conservation.

After a brief introduction to the evening by Anna Joynt, the EASA Hon. President, Rachel Arnold, Bats in Churches Heritage Advisor for the Churches Conservation Trust, will introduce the project and its work. She will also outline the processes and timing issues involved with conservation projects where bats are present and look at the roles of the Ecologist and the Architect involved in these works. She will then touch on Class Licenses and the project’s future plans.

In order to illustrate the work carried out so far there will then be a presentation by EASA members of some case studies where repairworks and mitigation measures have been worked out with the Bats in Churches project. After which Rachel Arnold will look at examples of other mitigation measures introduced during the early phases of the project and she will then explain the different approaches adopted and provide further information on mitigation successes.

Claire Boothby, the Bats in Churches Training and Survey Officer, will talk about the bat species likely to be found in churches and their typical maternal and paternal roosting locations. She will also explain what to look out for and expect when carrying out bat surveys.

The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion responding to your questions, raised either by the talks, or your own encounters with bats around the country. This will be chaired by Anna Joynt, who will field your questions as they are sent in via the chat line system. The panel will include Rachel Arnold and Claire Boothby who will be joined by Honor Gay, the Bats in Churches Engagement Officer, along with the architects presenting the case studies.