Save our Churches online auction


Heritage lovers have a chance to bid for some exclusive items in the National Churches Trust’s new ‘Save our Churches’ online auction which opens on 4 November and runs until 22 November.

Bidding opens on 4 November and runs until midday on 22 November. Taking part in the National Churches Trust’s online auction is easy - simply visit the auction website.

Bill Bryson


The ‘money-can’t buy’ items include:

Joining Bill Bryson OBE for tea, cake and conversation at London’s fashionable Delaunay Restaurant.

Taking part in a personal guided tour around the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College with legendary storyteller and Monty Python stalwart Michael Palin  to hear the story of the ill fated expedition of the ships Erebus and Terror.

Going on location with award-winning historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes OBE on her latest filming project.

Other items include exclusive behind the scenes tours of York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Churches at risk

Latest figures from Historic England, published in October, show that there are 913 places of worship on the 2019 ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, up from 911 in 2018. Last year, National Churches Trust grants helped to remove 23 churches from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

Bill Bryson OBE whose latest book The Body: A Guide for Occupants is shooting up the best-seller list, is a great fan of Britain’s churches. Bill said:

“One of the things that’s always struck me since the first day I came here more than 40 years ago was that what makes the British countryside glorious is the church. every single view that you  could think of that you've ever been knocked out by has a church in the middle of it.”

“I’m hoping that the bids to join me for tea and cake are suitably generous as our historic churches need a lot of money to keep their wonderful history and architecture safe for the future.”

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

“Churches and chapels are some of the UK’s most important historic buildings but many are under threat from leaking roofs, crumbling stonework and rotting timbers. Our ‘Save our Churches’ online auction, open to everyone, will help raise much needed funds to keep church buildings open and looking beautiful.”

Full details of items available.

On location with Bettany Hughes OBE

Enjoy a morning or afternoon on set with Bettany Hughes OBE, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Bettany will welcome a maximum of two people on location as she films her latest programme.

Tour of Lincoln Cathedral

A rare opportunity for up to four people to tour this famous cathedral guided by Nicholas Rank, Architect and Surveyor to Lincoln Cathedral. The tour includes seeing the medieval 13th century stained glass at close hand and the roof spaces which are not normally open to the public.  There is an added opportunity to be able to visit the masonry workshops to witness conservation taking place.  Also included is free entry to Lincoln Castle which houses the Cathedral’s copy of the Magna Carta and the imposing Victorian prison and a free night’s accommodation in a local hotel.

Tea and cake with Bill Bryson OBE

Tea for four people at the prestigious Delauney Hotel in central London with Bill Bryson OBE. Bill will talk about his love of churches, entertain you with anecdotes and promises not to eat all the cakes!

Michael Palin’s tour of the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

Visit the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich with Michael Palin.

Michael will show a party of up to four people around this fascinating chapel and talk about its history, which includes a marble memorial commemorating Sir John Franklin and the crews of the ships Erebus and Terror who lost their lives in the ill-fated expedition of 1845 to search for the North West Passage.

Tour of St Paul’s Cathedral

 A bespoke tour for up to four adults of St Paul's Cathedral, led by former Precentor, Revd. Lucy Winkett and an expert guide. The tour will include the cathedral’s treasures including the triforium and Wren’s Great Model. It  ends with reserved seats in the Quire to hear the world famous choir of St Paul’s sing Evensong.

A week in South West France

A week in a beautiful house sleeping 14 guests in South West France at the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Perfect for extended families or groups of friends alike, everyone finds a corner of the 45 acres to fall in love with. Whether it's the huge garden with its orchard, herbs, terraces, BBQ and luxury pool that delights in 13 hours of sun a day; the courtyard bordered by beautiful 13th Century barns or the oak and chestnut woods, swings, trails, dens and meadows.

Tea in the House of Lords

Lord Cormack, Vice President of the National Churches Trust for afternoon tea in the magnificent House of Lords.

Lord Cormack has a keen interest in heritage as the Founder and Chair of Heritage Matters and a Fellow of the Historical Society.

Royal memories

A copy of ‘Memories  of  90 Years’ lovingly written by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and signed by her son, the NCT’s Vice Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO, making this an exclusive memento signed by a member of the Royal Family.

Published in the year of her 90th birthday, these reminiscences from Princess Alice, offer insights into a bygone age.

Framed prints of historic churches

Selections of framed prints of churches from across the UK. The stunning prints were collected over many years by former National Churches Trust Friend and supporter David Johnston. In immaculate condition, and beautifully framed, they make an attractive feature for any wall. David’s wife has kindly donated the prints to the National Churches Trust as she knows he would have wanted them to be enjoyed by fellow church lovers.

Tour of York Minster

 An exclusive tour for four of York Minster led by their Master Mason. The prize will also include a visit to the York Glaziers Trust for a close-up look at their stunning stained glass projects. The day includes a scaffold tour, a visit to the Chapter House roof and the famous Masons Loft.