New Tourism Project

 AGM 7th March 2019 New Tourism Project – update from Wendy Coombey (SCTG Committee)

Discussions in Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group (HCTG) had brought people to a feeling of “bumping along but not expanding and not engaging with the general tourism sector. After discussion with SCTG and other interested organisations it was agreed to pull together a Tourism Project, managed by reps from the partners and financially managed through HCTG who would be the lead organisation. A Heritage Lottery application has passed the first hurdle in the process and we are waiting to hear this month (March 2019) whether it has succeeded in the second. It would fund:

  • Post holder working with Tourism Groups

  • Telling our church stories effectively

  • Demonstrating with new forms of technology so that if we engage more widely we can become more sustainable buildings.

  • We must engage and run pilot projects in volunteer churches

To this end training in new technology (eg contactless payment devices), engage in Social Media with Training in setting up Facebook pages and Instagram etc will be open to all member churches whether pilots or not.

Another aspect is working with the Church Conservation Trust (CCT and one of the partner groups) in the development of Camping pods inside open churches in very rural areas.

We will know by the end of March whether we have been successful.