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Read our latest blogs and stories of churches we have helped and the people who help look after churches to keep them open, in good repair and being used for the benefit of local communities.

Holy Trinity Church Wensley
Peter K Burian, CC BY-SA 4.0

What happens if a church has to close?

The National Churches Trust is dedicated to supporting churches so that they can stay open as places of worship. Sometimes, however, churches do have to close.

St Mary the Virgin
Geoff Pullin

Grant of the Month: St Mary, Badby

One of the main ways we help keep the UK’s churches open and in use is through our grant awards. Last year we gave £5.1 million of funding for vital church repairs, maintenance, and new facilities.

Holy Trinity church, Norton Juxta Cross
David P Howard

Grant of the Month: Holy Trinity, Norton Juxta Twycross

In a new feature, we take a closer look at how our funding is making a difference to churches and the people who use them. This week it's Holy Trinity church in the Leicestershire village of Norton Juxta Twycross.

St Barnebas, Cambridge
Archangel

Churches are our living heritage

Nigel Walter, Director of Archangel Architects and Trustee of the National Churches Trust, spoke about his 'narrative approach' developed to address the nature and challenges of living religious heritage at an online masterclass for the Future for Religious Heritage (FRH), a not-for-profit organisation of charities and conservation professionals working to protect religious heritage buildings across Europe.

Church recorders
Eddie Tulasiewicz

Find out how to become a Church Recorder

The voluntary work of church recording involves a team of up to ten people researching and documenting the artistic and historical heritage of a church.

Waltham Forest Engineering

Waltham Forest Engineering

When thieves stole a beautiful brass pulpit rail from a Victorian church in Kent, a replica was made by Waltham Forest Engineering Ltd (WFE), which undertakes heritage metalwork projects across London and the South East.

Light installation by McGregor Bowes Architects
McGregor Bowes

McGregor Bowes Conservation Architects

The attraction of conservation architecture is that you are always working with the best quality materials and working with tradespeople who are highly skilled.

Watts & Co stole

Watts & Co.

Watts & Co has been making ecclesiastical clothing and furnishings since 1874. It is associated with beautiful embroidered vestments, in fine silks hand-crafted at their London premises.