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Special book offer for members

An exclusive money-saving offer on an inspiring book about East Anglian churches is available from a Norwich publisher. Author and Norfolk Churches Trust member Peter Tolhurst is offering a special discount on his newly-published book, Brilliant Beacons – Portraits of East Anglian Churches. Members can obtain a copy of the hardback 188-page book for £25, […]

Norwich diocese initiative offers solutions for small parishes

Dozens of churches in the diocese of Norwich are serving very small populations, delegates were told at the Faith and Place conference last week. Matthew McDade, of the Norwich Diocesan Churches Trust, said that a new approach had been launched in 2015. The trust was designed to offer a practical means of helping to remove […]

New approaches needed to help stewards of rural churches

A new funding approach to support and care for isolated rural churches will be needed, delegates at Norwich Cathedral were told. Trevor Cooper, chairman of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, said that about 1,400 churches were in parishes with populations of less than 200 people. It was almost as if the population of the City […]

Lobby to support national funding for isolated rural churches

  Remote and isolated rural churches urgently need support, said the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge. The challenge to support hundreds if not thousands of churches in thinly-populated parishes must be recognised by central government, he said. In an upbeat speech, he said that many churches were currently in a much […]

Trust hosts national conference for first time in 43 years

For the first time in its 43-year history, the Norfolk Churches Trust arranged and hosted a national conference of sister heritage charities. The 100-strong gathering at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry included representatives from at least 15 county trusts across the country from Cornwall to Nottingham. One delegate from the United States, Christopher Munoz, of the United […]

The Prince of Wales congratulates the Norfolk Church Trust

A special message of congratulations by the Prince of Wales has praised the Norfolk Churches Trust. The charity’s patron, Prince Charles said: “I am enormously proud of how much has been achieved over the past 43 years.” He sent this message to about 100 delegates and speakers at the first national conference, which was hosted by […]

Trust goes from strength to strength members told at 43rd annual meeting

A 10% membership increase has enabled the Norfolk Churches Trust to help safeguard places of worship across the county. A total of more than £182,000 has been pledged to 48 churches for repairs and restoration work, said the Trust’s chairman Peter Sheppard. As the trust holds one of its biggest events, the annual Bike Ride […]

Royal recognition for Best Bike, Ride and Drive fundraiser

An outstanding fundraiser has been royally recognised for their support of the Norfolk Churches Trust for the second year running. The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Agnew presents top fundraiser, Paul Nicholls, with The Prince of Wales’s Certificate supported by members of the Burgh Castle congregation at Burgh Castle Church. Paul Nicholls received a signed […]