Celebrating the work of the National Churches Trust

Published: Friday, December 20, 2019


A special evening of Carols at St James's church, Piccadilly has taken place to celebrate the work of the National Churches Trust.

On 18 December 2019, over 400 of our Friends and supporters filled St James's church, Piccadilly to celebrate the Trust's work supporting church buildings throughout the UK and helping to keep them open for worship, community use and for future generations to enjoy.

A special thanks to everyone who attended and in particular to those who took part. These included Huw Edwards, Bill Bryson and Michael Palin, Vice-Presidents of the Trust, Dame Penelope Wilton, Joe Stilgoe, the Parkgate House School Choir, the ENO Quartet and also Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly. You can see a photo gallery of the event at the bottom of this page.

Thanks as well to our sponsors for the event, CCLA Investment Management Ltd and Distributed Sound & Video.

Our work in 2019

In 2019, the National Churches Trust has helped nearly 200 churches and chapels with grants to help keep them open and in good repair.

The Trust, through its MaintenanceBooker website has also made it easy for churches, chapels and meeting houses to book maintenance services through accredited and experienced contractors.  Simple tasks like keeping gutters clear and ensuring stonework is well looked after help keep church buildings in good condition and prevent large repair bills.

ExploreChurches, also supported by the National Churches Trust, has helped make it easy to discover the UK’s magnificent sacred heritage.  The website includes over 3,500 churches. Getting more people to value our shared heritage of church buildings is a great way of ensuring their long term sustainability.

This work would not be possible without the help of the people and organisations who support our work. We wish them, and everyone involved in looking after the UK's church buildings and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.






  • Joe Stilgoe

  • Parkgate House School Choir

  • Reverend Lucy Winkett

  • St James's church, Piccadilly

  • The ENO Quartet

  • Luke March, Chairman of the National Churches Trust and Michael Palin

  • Dame Penelope Wilton

  • Huw Edwards, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and Joe Stilgoe