The National Churches Trust responds to news of the planned church closures in Wigan.
We’re selling Christmas Cards for you to send to your friends and family this festive season. Five of the cards in each pack feature this picture of Currie Kirk Parish Church, Midlothian, Scotland and the other five feature a beautiful winter photo of Braithwell St James Church in South Yorkshire. Every purchase will help us to support churches to be well maintained and open for all.
Over 200 churches were nominated this year for the National Church Awards from across the UK, from which a judging panel selected the 45 finalists. There have been churches, chapels and meeting houses of all different sizes, styles and traditions, all showing that they do amazing things.
Church of the Week
Houghton on the Hill, Norfolk
Houghton on the Hill St Mary Church in Norfolk has stood since the 11th century. It is a Grade I Listed building that has served generations of villagers. But by the 20th century, the village population began to shrink and in 1937 St Mary’s Church was abandoned. During the 1990s, local resident Bob Davey found the church covered in ivy and, with a team of volunteers, they began restoring it. During this time, they discovered rare 11th century wall paintings inside. It didn’t take long for excitement to spread. The doors were opened again, and visitors encouraged to come. At this year’s National Church Awards, St Mary’s was a finalist in the ‘Open for Visitors’ category thanks to the brilliant welcome it gives to visitors near and far.View Houghton on the Hill St Mary
Over 2000 Churches and chapels
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To churches and chapels for urgent repairs, new facilities such as loos and kitchens and essential maintenance.
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Removed from the Heritage at Risk Register in 2022 with the support of our grants.