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Terry Waite, Esq, CBE

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    SOP seeks a director and a treasurer  

    SOP has been campaigning for 25 years to promote the view that retaining a parsonage at the centre of the community is a potent symbol of the presence of the Church as well as a practical resource for local activity.  During this time its two successive directors have built a solid base, and attracted many supporters to SOP; while two treasurers have kept watch over its simple financial activities.  Both roles become vacant soon on the planned retirement of present office-holders.    

    SOP now seeks its next director and its next treasurer. The director is responsible for direction and strategy and coordinates activities.  We need a person with confidence to deal with Church hierarchy, a deep conviction that threatened parsonages should be saved wherever possible,  and competence in modern communications.  The treasurer is responsible for the financial activity and presenting the annual accounts to the AGM. 

    The roles are voluntary and unpaid,  though the director has received an honorarium.  There are 4 or 5 committee meetings each year and an AGM.  Much of the work is done from home.  Email as below for more information.

    Applications or Expressions of interest  to be made by 1st October by post or email to our Director,  Anthony Jennings, at Flat Z, 12-18 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QA,  email:


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Welcome to the Save Our Parsonages website.

SOP was set up in 1995 to oppose the sale by the Church of its traditional rectories and vicarages. It opposes such sales on pastoral, practical, and financial grounds, as well as for community and heritage reasons.

Traditional rectories and vicarages are part of our ecclesiastical heritage, just as much as churches, and they are also major resources for the Church. They are focal points for parish and community life. SOP's objectives are therefore based on the tripartite argument of mission, community and heritage.

The economic arguments for retaining these fine houses are equally strong. Sales bring short-term gains for the Church but long-term losses.

Clergy and parishioners alike regularly find themselves linked in opposition to ill-advised sales forced on them by remote diocesan representatives. SOP responds to requests for help and advice from parishes up and down the country when threatened with the disposal of their parsonage by their diocese. Our objectives are:

  • To encourage the Church to retain, use, value and maintain its historic rectories, vicarages and associated buildings and to recognize them as important assets and as fundamental to its mission;
  • To provide support and advice to parishes and communities that seek to retain their historic parsonages;
  • To research, study and promote understanding of the role of the traditional parsonage in the life of the clergy and the community at large;

In these ways, to facilitate the mission of the Church

SOP has a committee which holds regular meetings throughout the year, and our AGM is held at a traditional parsonage each year.