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.
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.
Are you able to help us? The Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust is looking for a new chair to help steer us through the next stages of our development.
All churches need constant maintenance, renovation and improvement to keep them open and relevant for their communities.
After 15 months, a project to restore the bells at St Peter’s Newnham has finally been completed allowing the Sunday service ringing to restart after 25 years.