Take part in the Friends' Vote 2021


Choose a church to receive a special grant of £10,000. 

Your support of our work as a Friend of the National Churches Trust means that we can keep churches, chapels and meeting houses in good repair, safeguarding their heritage and making sure they can continue to be open for the people and communities who rely on them.

This year we celebrate the 5th anniversary of our Friends’ Vote Grant. This special annual award enables you to have a say in the work that we do.

Each year we invite churches to whom we have already awarded a grant to let us know if they still need additional funding in order to complete their project. The four churches selected for the Friends’ Vote in 2021 have all been awarded grants from the National Churches Trust, but the effects of Covid-19 mean they are still short of the total amount of funding they need.  

The shortlisted churches are: 

1. St Peter ad Vincula, Ratley, Warwickshire

2. Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael, Workington, Cumbria

3. St Catherine, Sacombe, Hertfordshire

4. St Michael, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Cardiganshire

Please take a look at the information provided by the churches below.  Then go to the voting form at the bottom of the page and chose the church you think most in need of a funding boost. 

The deadline for voting is 5pm, Friday 10th September.  The winner will be announced on Monay 27th September.

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.


Friends' Vote shortlist 2021

All our shortlisted churches have created videos explaining why they need your support.   

1. St Peter ad Vincula, Ratley

St Peter ad Vincula is a Grade II* listed church. Building began in about 1340 in the Decorated style and was completed in the late 14th century in the Perpendicular style.

“We made a successful temporary repair to the roof last December because the plastic initially used on the south aisle roof after the theft of the lead in 2018 broke down during early 2020. This led to water coming into our lovely, listed medieval church in every rainstorm. Permanent repair is obviously necessary and desirable, and we intend to take the opportunity to complete further repairs (highlighted in the most recent Quinquennial Inspection) at the same time.”  

Andrea Harding-Smith, Volunteer Fundraiser

 St Peter ad Vincula, Ratley


2. Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael, Workington

A Grade II listed Gothic Revival church constructed between 1873-76 in local sandstone to replace the Mission Chapel of 1813. It was built by Benedictine Monks from St Laurence's Monastery, Ampleforth in spite of sectarian violence. The church is one of Edward Welby Pugin's last church designs and was completed after his death under the direction of his brothers.

From late 2018 until March 2020 our fundraising campaign raised £65,958.  Ongoing efforts of a small team throughout the pandemic has raised £14,165 through imaginative fundraising. A maintenance backlog now puts further pressure on our resources as we seek funds for urgent South Transept ‘Heritage at Risk’ repairs." 

Elaine Blackett-Ord

Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael, Workington


3. St Catherine, Sacombe, Hertfordshire

The oldest parts of the present building are Early English. The church was restored in 1855/6 with the roof, tower, vestry and west wall being rebuilt. The outside of the church was entirely refaced with flint.

The original tender was dated October 2018 with a projected start date of March 2019, however, a revised tender, received in May 2021, showed that costs for carpentry and joinery had increased by around 50% from £32k to £47k. Although we have raised more than the original cost of the scheme, Covid restrictions have made it impossible to undertake our planned fundraising events.” 

Ralph Paddock, Treasurer


St Catherine Sacombe


4. St Michael, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Cardiganshire

An important medieval church and one of very few complete Welsh Romanesque churches of cruciform plan with a central tower. In the sixteenth century there was an ambitious and prolonged programme to re-roof the church and refit the tower. 

“Due to the pandemic and the presence of bats at the church, the approach and timeline of the project has changed. Costs have unfortunately increased slightly since the initial costing of the project and being such an old building, necessary repairs that were not originally anticipated have come to light.  Our goal is to ensure that this magnificent building stands for at least another 500 years and continues to be a safe and welcoming place for the community and visitors. Should we be successful it would ensure that all phases of the repair work are fully completed without compromise.”  

Rhian Davies, Treasurer

Llanfihangel y Creuddynm St Michael

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