Championing the cause of churches

Published: Thursday, July 23, 2015


The National Churches Trust has published its Annual Review for 2014 - 2015.

The Review covers the work of the Trust and includes full details of the support it has provided to assist churches and chapels throughout the UK.

This year, the Annual Review includes a special feature article by Michael Palin, who reveals seven of his favourite churches.  Other feature articles include:

  • Painter Gerard Stamp writing about his watercolour paintings of churches in Norfolk.
  • 20th Century Society Hon. Secretary Robert Drake, who writes about the work of the 20th Century Society in preserving the heritage of modern churches.
  • Primrose Wilson, Trustee of the Ulster Historic Churches Trust, who writes about Ulster's Ecclesiastical Heritage.

Download the National Churches Trust Annual Review 2014 - 2015

Introducing the Annual Review, Luke March, Chairman of the National Churches Trust said:

"Grant funding remains at the core of our work. In 2014, thanks to the generous support of Trusts, Friends and supporters, and through legacies which in any one year
can provide up to half of our income, we were able to help 119 churches, chapels and meeting houses with grant funding for urgent repairs and with the installation
of essential community facilities such as improved access, kitchens and toilets. The wide remit of the Trust means that our focus is not only on the many listed church
buildings in England but on churches, chapels and meeting houses of all types and denominations throughout the UK."

"There are 42,000 Christian places of worship in the UK, many of which simply do not have the means to pay for repairs and new facilities themselves, so funding for the repair of churches from a wide range of sources, including from the National Churches Trust, will be needed for many years to come. That’s why we continue to increase our fundraising efforts and expand our group of Friends, so that we can do more in the future to keep churches at the heart of their communities."

"In January 2015, an opinion poll we commissioned showed that 74% of British people thought that churches and chapels were a vital part of the UK’s heritage and history. These precious buildings form an irreplaceable part of our heritage and are an increasingly vital element of community life. The Trust’s work over the last year shows the difference that can be made and I look forward to working with staff and Trustees to build on this success in the coming year."