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 renovation and maintenance 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.
The current pandemic means that for the first time The Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust is going to hold its AGM via the Zoom video conferencing application. The AGM will be held on Zoom on 8th June at 5pm.
We're pleased to announce our Annual Report for 2019 has now been published and is available on our website. In 2019, the Trust provided £152,000 in church maintenance grants for fabric repair and improvements to churches used for Christian worship throughout the...
With the current social distancing restrictions and the closure of places of worship, supporters of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust will not be surprised that there is uncertainty regarding this year’s Ride+Stride event.