The CVTA NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2019 provides a brief summary of the Presentations from the Symposium and AGM held in Worcester.
These range from hearing about how Worcester Cathedral works in partnership with other churches and communities in the city of Worcester to how the Methodist Church is now looking strategically at how it uses its building for both mission and building partnerships with other religious and secular organisations;
David Gambier, a tourism professional based in Oxfordshire, spoke of the importance of appreciating linkages between local churches, places of historical significance in terms of persons and events and of the availability of facilities for refreshments
The Ven. Simon Lumby, Archdeacon of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe and Emly focused on the significance of open spaces and how church buildings with their roots in history speak both of the presence of God and of peoples’ response to that presence in times past, present and future, with the importance of pilgrimage in many parts of the Emerald Isle.
Keith Cheetham talked about his work over many years telling people from across the world about topics of historical and cultural interest, particularly within the Black Country. Although this did not happen at Worcester, on many occasions he lectures in costume and has written books on tourism related issues some of which have been translated into other languages.
The Revd. Capt. Clive Deverell, the incumbent of a number of parishes on the edge on Swindon, spoke about joint working with Mrs. Janet Cooper-Tydeman, a representative of a local Arts Society and of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) to open one of their churches which attracts enormous numbers of visitors on account of its interior decoration.
The last Presentation was given by The Revd. Dr. Robert Barlow, an incumbent in Worcester Diocese, who previously was Rector of a number of rural parishes and is now a Rector within a more urban setting and who shared with us some of his findings from research he had done on the way in which those living within multi-parish benefices are and are not willing to travel across the benefice to share in worship in churches other than their own within the benefice.
The newsletter also includes a fascinating article submitted by Ian Thomas, Wales Official Tour Guide – Group Travel Organiser, founder member of Church Tourism activities in Wales about how you can combine bus travel with visiting churches!