Newsletter for Friends of the National Churches Trust launched

Published: Monday, July 23, 2012

 

The first issue of a newsletter for Friends of the National Churches Trust has been published.

The 8 page newsletter includes updates on the work of the National Churches Trust and highlights grants it has recently made to safeguard churches of all Christian denominations throughout the United Kingdom.  Also included in the twice yearly newsletter are details of events and special offers for Friends of the National Churches Trust.

In a front page article for the newsletter, BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Canon Roger Royle highlights the importance of the work of the National Churches Trust, which since 2007 has provided grants of over £8 million to almost 900 places of worship in the UK.  He said:

“In the United Kingdom we have a proud tradition of our churches and chapels
standing at the centre of our communities. They have been, and still are, pointers to
the fact that life has another dimension. Things spiritual matter as much as things
material.”

In the newsletter Canon Roger Royle also praises Friends of the National Churches Trust for their generosity, saying:

“The practical friendship you show to the National Churches Trust is invaluable. By your giving, you, along with others, enable people like the congregation of St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, Kent to keep a roof over their heads while they offer worship to God. The National Churches Trust awarded one of its largest grants of £40,000 towards major repairs at St Augustine’s and, my word, were the people grateful.”

“Norfolk is rich in beautiful churches. St Peter’s in Walpole is one of them. Known as the ‘Cathedral of the Fens‘ and the ‘Queen of the Marshlands‘, it is much loved locally and nationally.  Once again the National Churches Trust stepped in and gave £20,000 so the church could remain open.”

The launch of a newsletter for the Friends of the National Churches Trust, which drives the restoration and revitalisation of Britain’s churches, comes as the charity celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said:

In these tough economic times, places of worship are finding it harder than ever to pay for essential repairs. This is reflected in a major increase in the number of grant applications we are receiving. In the first five months of 2012, the Trust received 425 requests for grants, a rise of 40 per cent when compared to the same period in 2011.”

 "As a result, with our resources we are only able to support a small proportion of the many worthy projects that apply to us for funding. We rely on the generous support of trusts, foundations and individuals to continue our work supporting places of worship. So if you share our belief in the value of these buildings please consider supporting the National Churches Trust and becoming a Friend.”

You can become a Friend of the National Churches Trust for just £30.00p. Membership benefits include An Annual Review with articles and up to date news , Friends events and special offers , Regular newsletters with updates about our work, churches and heritage and a chance to become part of a growing network of people committed to  safeguarding the future of the United Kingdom’s 47.000 places of worship.

You can become a Friend of the National Churches Trust online or for more information email us at info@nationalchurchestrust.org or phone 0207 600 6090