Clergy housing

Hand holding key to the door

Flourish House will be closed for the Easter bank holiday period from Thursday 14th April to Tuesday 19th April 2022 (inclusive), the property helpdesk will not be monitored during this period, with normal service resuming on Wednesday 20th April 2022. Should you require assistance, we have created an emergency list of contractors which may be helpful. All these contractors have generously offered to provide cover and have instructions to make safe in the first instance.

Easter property cover

Should you require assistance, we have created an emergency list of contractors which may be helpful. All these contractors have generously offered to provide cover and have instructions to make safe in the first instance. Please note not all contractors are available all the time and we have indicated on the list their availability. If you have an emergency, please follow these steps:

  • Contact an appropriate contractor from the list and explain you are housed by the Diocese Bath & Wells.
  • Explain the issue.
  • Contractor will then assess the urgency and either agree a call out or offer advice over the phone and/or schedule a call out at an appropriate time.
  • Email the property helpdesk to let us know what you have arranged.

Please note, this is not a free service, so please be mindful of increased expenditure for holiday call outs. A dripping tap on Easter Monday is not an emergency! If you cannot find a contractor local to you, then select one that is the nearest main town or you can source your own.

Easter property cover - downloadable guidance

Easter cover contractor emergency contact list

Roman Glass branch list

Property team

The property team supports clergy and their families with accommodation appropriate to their needs and, as far as possible, relieves them of domestic concerns in order that they may concentrate upon their pastoral responsibilities.

  • James Millard, the Head of Property and Glebe also has overall responsibility for the diocese’s residential (homes of the clergy) and Glebe.
  • Owain Wynne, Diocesan Surveyor Property Manager
  • Ali Walker and Annabel Cook, Property Co-ordinators, manage the vacant property processes and oversee the day-to-day management of the housing portfolio including planned maintenance and reactive repairs of around 250 clergy homes.
  • Property Administrator, Suzette Berry, provides front line response to housing enquiries in addition to providing admin support for the team.

The property department is committed to delivering a high standard of service. Please contact the department if you have any questions or concerns regarding clergy housing matters.

Clergy Housing Guide

An A-Z guide for those living in clergy housing is now available to download. The guide is introduced by Bishop Ruth and Dr Axel Palmer, Chair of the diocese’s Housing Committee.

The guide contains the information needed to clarify the responsibilities of living in a clergy home and to help clergy and their family enjoy their home.

Bishop Ruth says, “Living in a clergy house is quite different from being in rented accommodation. It may not be a home that the clergy and their family has chosen but it is a home and a base for ministry for a time, which will then be passed on to their successor.”

The guide includes information on everything from alarms and alterations to washing lines and warranties. It also contains emergency contact information and the contact details of the property team.

It can be downloaded below or viewed online on the Diocese of Bath and Wells Issuu page.

Clergy Housing Guide cover

Who to contact

Find the contact details of the Property team or email the property helpdesk.

Downloads

Clergy Housing Guide - September 2021

Lodging refugees in clergy homes guidance - March 2022

Easter property cover - downloadable guidance

Easter cover contractor emergency contact list

Roman Glass branch list