The IHBC has teamed up with the Churches Conservation Trust’s (CCT) newly-launched Champing™ initiative to offer members special reductions in an innovative programme that offers camping overnight in historic churches to help create long-term sustainable uses and attract new audiences to church heritage.
IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘The IHBC is hugely excited about Champing™, the new ‘church camping’ initiative from the CCT, led by IHBC member Peter Aiers, and we hope our members will be too.’
So, in partnership with the IHBC and the CCT, the Champing™ team is offering IHBC members the opportunity to ‘champ’ at an exclusively reduced rate! We will also be sending members special notices of these select opportunities for reductions in this exciting and innovative new programme which will help bring new values and perspectives in the future of church buildings.’
The CCT’s Champing™ team writes:
Welcome to the world of Champing™
As you will be aware, we are always looking for new ways to increase revenue to meet the conservation needs of our ever-growing collection of churches. Champing™, the unique concept of camping overnight in historic churches, helps us create long-term sustainable uses for our beautiful buildings and attract new audiences to discover and love these churches.
Champing™ is the latest phenomenon in English camping since the re-purposing of the shepherds hut. It’s so good, we invented a new(ish) word for it and trademarked it. It’s new, different, exclusive, convenient, great value for money, great for the planet – oh, and it’s jolly good fun!
During our pilot season in the summer of 2015, hundreds of guests “champed” overnight in four of our beautiful churches. It was so popular that we soon knew we were on to a good thing and increased the Champing portfolio for 2016 to include ten churches across south east England.
With fundraising and some very hard work, we launched our brand new Champing™ website www.champing.co.uk in January. Have a look online today and you’ll see many beautiful photographs, glowing testimonials and a video showing us setting up and dismantling a champ in less than two minutes flat!
On our blog page, the “Champing™ Supremo” Peter Aiers, CCT Director South East explains how the concept came about, plus on our Champing™ TV page we show support from our chairman Loyd Grossman and a ringing endorsement from Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport & Heritage!
Our Champing™ in the Media page contains the many articles written by an excited press and you can conjure up the sounds of a champ by listening to our evocative piece on Radio 4’s You & Yours programme.
Most questions you may have are answered on our FAQ’s page, and the fortnightly blog includes a very ‘interesting’ approach to ecclesiastical architecture, amongst other things.
See the blog page
Please call the Champing Hotline on 0207 841 0436 or email our ChampBots at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
See the website at www.champing.co.uk