Desks in church vestries

I observed the above facility faculty notice during a wander around some churches in the City of London this week. (A facility faculty notice, for those who don’t know, is an application to The Powers That Be to make changes to a historic church. Well, more or less.) The notice reads: The grant of (three?)…

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I observed the above facility faculty notice during a wander around some churches in the City of London this week. (A facility faculty notice, for those who don’t know, is an application to The Powers That Be to make changes to a historic church. Well, more or less.) The notice reads:

The grant of (three?) licences for the use of a desk (and other facilities) in the Vestry of St Clement’s Church, Eastcheap 1 St Clement’s Court London EC4N 7HB for a term of 12 months from 1st January 2007

This intrigued me for these reasons:

  1. Do you need a licence to use a desk in a vestry? Perhaps readers can educate me. Do any of you have unlicenced desks in your vestries?
  2. Why do you need three licences for one desk? (I’m fairly sure that’s what is written, but not 100% certain owing to the fact the notice was written without the use of a desk.)
  3. What are the ‘other facilities’? I think this could be the key to this notice. The desk is there to make us think that the vestry is to be used for writing in service books and suchlike, but it is my suspicion that there are some unusual ‘other facilities’ being installed under the smokescreen of a desk, so to speak. Any suggestions?

More info about the church in question is here. It doesn’t mention the desk, which just goes to prove my point(s).

[Edited to change my facilities to faculties.]