Churches Trust Forum Annual Conference

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016


2016 - Working together: celebrating and supporting churches through our network

The National Churches Trust, together with the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, welcomed delegates to York's Merchant Taylors' Hall on Thursday 19 May 2016 for the Churches Trusts Forum Annual Conference for county churches trusts.

The Churches Trusts Forum Annual Conference is open to trustees and other volunteers from county churches trusts and local trusts from across the United Kingdom. Other delegates included guests from the wider heritage and faith sectors.

This year the focus of the Conference was on craftsmanship and the beauty of churches. But the always important issues of fundraising, grants and partnership working were also high on the agenda.

The one-day conference was a stimulating mix of topical presentations, discussions and workshops with guest speakers and plenty of opportunity to network.

We were tweeting from the Conference, using the hashtag #CTFConference.

Speakers were:

  • The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield: "A little money can go a long way!"

John Mills, chairman of the Churches Trusts Forum, Tom Ramsden, chairman of the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, and Luke March, chairman of the National Churches Trust, began the day by welcoming delegates. Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, gave the closiing speech. 

The Marsh Awards

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener announced the winner and runner up of the first Marsh Awards for Innovative Projects.

The Space@St Andrew’s, a project to create a community area in the beautiful Grade II* listed church of St Andrew’s in the village of Blagdon in Somerset, won the first Marsh Awards. 

Recycles Club, Salvation Army Ilford, London was the runner up project. Participants in Recycles work with trained bike mechanics to recycle bikes so that they are ready for sale. 

'The Marsh Awards for Innovative Projects', run jointly by the National Churches Trust and the Marsh Christian Trust, are designed to show the positive impact that installing new facilities such as kitchens and toilets has on churches and local communities and on harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers.

More information about the Marsh Awards.

Merchant Taylors' Hall

The Merchant Taylors' Hall, the venue for the Conference, has stood for 600 years as an important part of York's past and present. It is a fascinating building and delegates had the opportunity to learn more about it, led by Dr Kate Giles from the University of York.

At the end of the day, delegates joined worshippers at York Minster for a service of Evensong. Sung by the famous York Minster Choristers, music included The Fifth Service by Tomkins and Venite: The Great Service by William Byrd.

More information

A range of downloads from the Conference will be available on our website on our Support for Local Trusts pages.