Category: Good Practice

Explanations and investigations into good practice in managing buildings, grounds and facilities.

Teach
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AdventWords 2022: Teach

Photo: Tim Mossholder Quakers believe that we are all equal before G-D, and that the spirit of G-D is at work within each of, making us both teachers and students throughout our lives.  How does this work practically?  Well, as a facilitator or a teacher you aren’t just providing or pouring in information, but instead

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Together
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AdventWord 2022: Together

As a meeting ‘gathers’, as each individual ‘centers down’, there gradually develops a feeling of belonging to a group who are together seeking a sense of the Presence. The ‘I’ in us begins to feel like ‘we’. At some point – it may be early in the meeting or it may be later, or it

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Good Practice

Starting out fine… & finishing well

I’m a firm believer in planning and starting out new projects or years with the end in mind. At this time of year, people are usually thinking more about last December than next. Finishing off the previous year’s accounts and reports – and yet, realising what was stressful and ensuring that you don’t repeat any

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#AdventWord 2019: 19 Bless

By occupation he was a barber, and on moving into this district in 1937 from Swindon, he first took a shop in Wallington, and later one in a poor part of Croydon. Not all who went there did so for a shave or a haircut, but to enjoy its friendly atmosphere, and to talk to

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#AdventWord 2019: 16 Learn

Much of the work of meetings for church affairs and committees will be undertaken by Friends especially appointed by the meeting or committee responsible for the work, most often on the recommendation of a nominations committee. The process of appointment starts when the meeting identifies the need for a task to be performed. It is

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#AdventWord 2019: 15 Turn

Part of a series of art throughout London Underground Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Advices & Queries 28 Turn

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#AdventWord 2019: 13 Water

Today’s #AdventWord water has such symbolism and power. Over 70% of earth’s surface is covered in water, and all living organisms need water to live. Water can be seen both positively or negatively: washing clean or depositing detritus as it slows; creating landscapes or weathering/destroying as it moves; supporting you as you float or dragging

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#AdventWord 2019: 11 Confess

Confess makes me think of admitting that you’ve done something wrong, or perhaps something you’re uncertain about. I liked this idea of public confession – but mainly because it means that people are examining their lives. Of course the other part is that by reading what others have confessed someone may realise it isn’t just

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#AdventWord 2019: 4 Humble

String connection workshop activity at Managing our meeting houses conference at Woodbrooke The Lord has told you, ·human [ O man], what is good; he has told you what ·he wants [the Lord requires] from you: to do what is ·right to other people [just], love ·being kind to others [mercy; lovingkindness], and ·live humbly, obeying

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#AdventWord 2019: 3 Time

Today’s #AdventWord Time made me think of plans, calendars and schedules. It won’t surprise anyone who knows me that I have multiple to do lists, calendars for each ‘hat’ or role/client, not to mention lists of lists. They’re all reviewed regularly, in theory so nothing falls through – although of course it does. As I

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Building Management

National Guttering Day 2019

Did you know there was such a thing? SPAB (a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) founded this national day in 2002 to encourage people to look at their roofs and gutters as we go into winter. You can read about it on the SPAB blog where they have a useful ‘top ten tips’

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Finance

ACAT Conference 2019

This year’s ACAT (Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers) was held at Methodist Central Halls on October 19th. While Westminster was quiet when I arrived at 9:30 it was obviously preparing for the hordes of people expected later on. I always enjoy these conferences, they are a good reminder of the spiritual aspects to my

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Good Practice

Sharing generic email accounts

Generic Email I recommend generic email addresses to all clients, recommending them for a range of reasons: Correspondence is held in a role specific email box. When a new person starts they can catch up, or search for previous conversations. The generic email box means that when a person leaves the role, or doesn’t want

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Fire Alarm – Do Not Touch!

Fire! Fire is a serious risk. However, even if the equipment can be tempting to small people, I don’t recommend telling them taping the control panel shut, or posting signs telling people not to touch the fire alarm. I suspect those intent on fiddling will ignore the sign. While you definitely don’t want to confuse

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