Take part in the Friends' Vote 2020


Friends of the National Churches Trust can choose a church to award a special grant of £10,000. 

We invited churches to whom we had awarded a Cornerstone grant in 2019 to let us know if they needed any additional funding prior to starting work on their project. We shortlisted four.

Now, as a Friend of the National Churches Trust you can take an active part in our work by choosing which one should be awarded an extra grant of £10,000.

The deadline for voting is 5pm, Friday 16 October. The winner will be announced on Monday 2 November. Please take a look at the information provided by the four churches and also watch their videos. Then go to the voting form at the bottom of the page and make your selection. Please note that you can only vote for one church!

The four churches shortlisted are:

  1. St Peter in the Wood, Appleshaw, Hampshire
  2. St Nicholas, Churchstoke, Powys
  3. Cathedral of St Machar, Aberdeen
  4. St James, Leckhampstead, Berkshire

Please note that only Friends of the National Churches Trust can vote. If you would like to become a Friend you can join online.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@nationalchurchestrust.org or phone 020 7222 0605.


1. St Peter in the Wood, Appleshaw  

“The original objectives of our appeal remain the same, which are to preserve a building of architectural interest at the centre of community life and which continues to provide all the usual services of the Church of England calendar. However, although we have raised a considerable part of the appeal total for stages 1 and 2, we are short of funding to complete the refurbishment of the windows. They are rusty, not watertight and need critical attention. The extra grant would move us towards completing this part of the project.”

Find out more about St Peter's on ExploreChurches 

St Peter Appleshaw


 2.  St Nicholas, Churchstoke

"The Coronavirus pandemic has affected our funds. We were expecting to raise the shortfall by community fundraising but this cannot now happen. The need for our project however has increased: loneliness and isolation felt by many in our community over the past months point to a need for a place to meet where social distancing can be carried out easily. Our church building is ideal; it’s large and spacious and we wish to offer hospitality, including toilets, to local people who need to meet in safety.”

Find out more about St Nicholas on ExploreChurches

St Nicholas Church Stoke


3.  Cathedral of St Machar, Aberdeen 

"Our aim was to be fully funded by June 2020. We have not reached our target because congregational fund-raising activities stopped in March, and because our appeal to Aberdeen business has not succeeded. We wrote to potential donors in February, but begging letters must be followed up and the visits and meetings we had planned were prevented by the pandemic. Now, we are unsure of the financial status of many of the companies we approached and cannot be confident about raising the necessary £100,000 from business.”

Find out more about the Cathedral of St Machar on ExploreChurches

Cathedral of St Machar Aberdeen


 4.  St James, Leckhampstead 

“Scaffolding was put in places at the beginning of March 2020 ahead of our roof replacement project. However work to remove the tiles could not begin due to Covid19 government restrictions.  Once works could re-commence suppliers could not supply the required wooden battens due to Covid19. Unfortunately, the accumulated delays did not allow the builder to start the works before the bat restrictions from 1 May to 30 August 2020 prevented any further works.  Works will now commence on 1 September 2020.  The current funding shortfall relates to all the costs incurred due to the delay in the project caused by Covid19.”

Find out more about St James on ExploreChurches

St James Leckhampstead


Previous winners

The 2019 winner of the Friends Vote Grant was St Just, St-Just-in-Penwith which was awarded an additional £10,000 to help fund a major repair project to reroof the church and undertake masonry repairs. The Friends of the National Churches Trust Grant scheme started in 2017 when St Mary Magdalene, in Paddington, west London, was awarded the first ever Friends of the National Churches Trust Grant of £10,000. The 2018 winner was St Botolph, Boston, Lincolnshire. 

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