Take part in the Friends' Vote 2019
We want Friends of the National Churches Trust to help us by choosing a church to award a special grant of £10,000.
We invited churches to whom we had awarded a Repair or Community Grant in 2018 to let us know if they needed any additional funding prior to starting work on their project. We shortlisted four. Friends of the National Churches Trust can now take part in our work by choosing which one should be awarded an extra £10,000.
Voting has now closed and the winner will be announced on Monday 2 September
The four churches shortlisted are:
- All Saints, Isle Brewers, Somerset
- St Cynbryd, Llandulas, Conwy
- St Michael, Kirkby Thore, Cumbria
- St Just, St Just-in-Penwith, Cornwall
We asked each church to make a video, so they can tell you about themselves in their own words. Below, you can also find out more about each of the churches, and how the Friends grant would help them. More information and photos are also available on our ExploreChurches page for each church.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7222 0605.
1. All Saints, Isle Brewers
“The restoration of this rather unique Victorian Church has been a true labour of love for this small community of Isle Brewers. A great deal of effort has gone into securing financial support from generous organisations such as yourselves, yet after amassing a magnificent amount of money we remain just short of our final goal. A fantastic project where we are all now working very hard to try and close that last financial gap, so any additional assistance that could be considered would be gratefully received as it will help leave a Community legacy that will last for generations to come.”
2. St Michael, Kirkby Thore
“We are currently running two projects: this installation project and a major repair project. The overall purpose, begun back in 2014, is to return St Michael’s to the parish of Kirkby Thore, to whom it properly belongs in the best possible condition and with good basic facilities. We believe it will then be possible for the church to be used widely, socially and personally as well as for worship, and that people in the village and beyond will want to engage with their church for the benefit of themselves, the whole village, and beyond.”
3. St Cynbryd, Llandulas
“The funding is required to install kitchen facilities and toilets (including a disabled toilet). Though there is a water tap in the church, there are no facilities for washing up or drainage. Coffee is served after Sunday and other services and meetings and water has to be heated in a kettle. Toilets are urgently needed particularly for elderly persons and for young children at Messy Church and other occasions.”
4. St Just, St Just-in-Penwith
“St Just Church is located in an area of rural deprivation and has substantial potential to enhance its activities to further support community need. Replacing the large Cornish roof secures the building and protects Christian heritage from the 5th century, opens up the possibility of delivering more events and activities and the opportunity of developing a flexible community space with discreet facilities – there are none at present. Current activities focus on help, support, advice and guidance and of working together to benefit the vulnerable, older people and young families. Funding will help remove the Church from Historic England’s At Risk Register.”