Please read this:

Please do not ask me for (or expect) free help, advice, information, ideas of what it might cost, etc. etc.

I get a lot of emails asking me to spend my precious time providing answers - mostly to people who are 'just thinking about it' - yet not once has anyone offered to pay for my time and efforts, and only once has anyone actually bothered to thank me afterwards. A recent example was a Gary McDonald (named and shamed), who couldn't be bothered to thank me for the lengthy advice I responded to his request with. I received 2 emails shortly after; one from a student asking for a technical site plan, and one from someone "looking for some information on church conversion, the process and problems". These are typical of the enquiries I get, and as I said, I almost always receive no thanks for my helpful responses. For the first couple of hundred emails I was more than happy to oblige, but now I'm tired of the overwhelming lack of grace and gratitude. I am not a charity or government-funded advice centre - I am a private individual with better things to do with his time.

If you are seriously committed to the idea of a church conversion, and genuinely need advice and assistance, I now ask for a very reasonable up-front, non-refundable consultancy fee of £100 to deal with your initial enquiries. If you contact me in this regard, please make sure you agree to this in your initial email.

Thank you for your understanding.

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