Christmas Carol Concert
On Wednesday 12th December 2018, we held our annual Carol concert for our Friends and supporters at St James' Church, Piccadilly.
A wonderful evening was had by all at our Carol concert at St James'. Hosted by Revd Lucy Winkett, our guests enjoyed readings by Sir Michael Palin and Martha Kearney, with musical performances by flautist Ianina Pietrantonio and Pimlico Musical Foundation choir. A joyous way to end the year!
You can view a selection of photos from the event here.
Churches of the South Downs tour
On 11 September 2018, Friends and supporters of the National Churches Trust joined us on a tour of some of the beautiful churches in the Sussex South Downs.
Liverpool churches tour
On 8 August 2018, Friends and supporters of the National Churches Trust joined us on a tour of some of Liverpool's most fascinating churches, led by Dr Matthew Byrne
We first visited St George's in Everton, the first of three churches erected by John Cragg, famed for its cast iron interior.
Next we headed to the Church of St Agnes and St Pancras in Toxteth Park, described by Pevsner as “by far the most beautiful Victorian church of Liverpool”
Final visit of the day was to the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth. The 17th century Puritan church with connections to the Salem Witch trials. An enjoyable day had by all!
More photos from the day can be found here
Celebrating 200 years of the Incorporated Church Building Society
On Tuesday 26th June 2018, the National Churches Trust held a special Evensong service of thanksgiving for Friends and supporters at St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our predecessor charity, the Incorporated Church Building Society.
The service was attended by special guests including His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Huw Edwards, Bill Bryson and Neil MacGregor. Read more here.
Photos from the evening can be found here.
Tour of Wren's churches
Our first tour of 2018 for Friends of the National Churches Trust was of Sir Christopher Wren’s London churches on 21 March.
38 Friends gathered at St Clement Danes, on the Strand, and were welcomed by the Revd David Osborn. Almost completely destroyed in the Blitz, St Clement Danes was restored to Wren’s original designs in the 1950s. Of particular interest are the ingenious pews designed by RAF engineers which can be expanded to accommodate extra people.
Our next stop was Temple Church, the church of the Inns of Court, where we were met by Verger John Shearer. He told some very entertaining stories about the rivalry between the Middle and Inner temples!
After lunch, we made our way to St Bride’s, Fleet Street, the Journalists’ Church. We took a fascinating trip down into the crypt to see Roman pavement dating from the second century, and the Charnel House with burials from the fifteenth century.
Our last stop was to visit St James’s Piccadilly where we were welcomed by Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of the church and also a Trustee of the National Churches Trust. Historian Ray Crocker gave a highly entertaining talk and explained that when built, the church with its wide central aisle and balconies was as important for the congregation to display themselves wearing the latest fashions as it was for worship.
More photos from the day are available here.