Marsh Church and Community Volunteer Awards 2019 - Winners


In their second year, the Marsh Church and Community Volunteer Awards, run jointly by the National Churches Trust and the Marsh Christian Trust, celebrate people who have had great ideas for using churches, have contributed significantly to the sustainability of church buildings, or who have helped their local community through or in their church building with exceptional dedication and kindness.

Each winning volunteer received a prize of £250.

The awards were presented by Nick Carter on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust.

The 2019 winners

  • Barbara Lewis, Annan United Reformed Church, Scotland. 
For her dedication engaging young people through music and fundraising for the church and other causes.
  • Chris Baily, Art in the Churches, Yorkshire, England. 
For innovation by local people attracting audiences to churches through art and the “Sculpt” trail.
  • David Furnival, Chairman, Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust, England 
 For engaging new audiences with churches through Music in Quiet Places, a successful concert series bringing high quality performances to local people and providing opportunities for young people.
  • Graham Harris BEM, The Friends of Leigh Church, Somerset, England. For his dedication and service to his church, community and for encouraging visitors and helping the Somerset Churches Trust through the East Mendips Churches Heritage Trail.
  • Peter and Hilary Lovitt, St German’s, Cardiff, Wales.For their dedication in serving people who are homeless in Cardiff, for saving a heritage building and contributing to the community. 
  • Theophilia Shaw, St Peter’s, Walworth, London, England. For exceptional volunteering within the church and community, inspiring young people and helping people in crisis and need. 
  • The Ulster Historic Churches Trust Trustees, Northern Ireland 
 For helping local people to address and tackle maintenance through the Maintenance Project in Northern Ireland, where supporting good maintenance practice is essential to the sustainability of churches.