Helping historic churches – our living heritage
We raise funds and provide £150,000 in grants for churches every year in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol.
Our church repair and improvement grants help these buildings stay alive as active centres of community life and landmarks of the wonderful architectural heritage of this area.
Our Region has more than 620 historic churches, chapels and meeting houses. They are beautiful focal points in the landscape and many double up as community centres as well as places of Christian worship.
Our supporters include individuals, families, churches and businesses with links to Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. Places of worship are encouraged to make an annual donation and take an active part in Ride+Stride each year.
Nowhere is history brought to life more intensely than in our church buildings. Often the oldest building in a community, they offer us the chance to stand, sit or kneel in exactly the same spot that ordinary people have done for many hundreds of years.
Whatever the age of the building, it tells us a huge amount about the aspirations and ideals of the individual or community which built it. From the fine ‘Wool’ churches of the Cotswolds, built with the earnings of the mediaeval wool trade, to the plain, classical lines of non-conformist meeting houses and more modern city churches, Gloucestershire has a wonderfully diverse selection.
Ride+Stride is an annual sponsored event in which people from all over the country raise money to support their local Christian places of worship. The event is operated in association with the National Churches Trust.
GHCT exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs.
GHCT exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs. All projects must demonstrate a real need and a well thought-out approach backed up by good advice from experts.
In order to keep making our grants, we need your help. We’d love to make bigger grants, and more of them, but can’t do that without more donations, from individuals and from churches.
If you are planning your Ride+Stride route for September 9th here are a number of events/attractions/routes that you may wish to build into your plans.
On Tuesday 26th September we are hosting a talk starting at 7pm, at St Matthew’s church, Cheltenham: “The Rise and Fall of the ENIGMA machine”.