Maintenance and Security

Maintenance of our historic Church is the responsibility of the Churchwardens. The building is inspected every five years by an architect on behalf of the Diocese, and a separate bell survey is undertaken every two years. Most maintenance work is carried out by professional contractors who will have their own Health and Safety Policy and Insurance. Maintenance permitted by specific volunteers is covered in our Health and Safety document. See Policies: Health and Safety

Please contact the Churchwardens for any queries about maintenance of condition of the Church. Please see Contact and Find us for the Churchwardens’ contact details.


Professional contractors mow the grass in churchyards on both sides of the road. Other maintenance is carried out by the churchyard maintenance officer with volunteers, normally on a monthly basis.

Sadly we do not have resources to undertake more than basic maintenance of the churchyard, so we ask relatives and friends to tend the graves of their loved ones if they have special requirements. Please help by not leaving flowers in glass or plastic jars which can be blown over or disturbed by wildlife and get caught up in mowers. Artificial flowers are also not permitted in Church of England churchyards.

If you would like to join the churchyard working party, or have any queries please see Contact Us: Alphabetical List for the churchyard maintenance officer’s contact details, who will be pleased to hear from you.

St Giles Churchyard Working Party