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 […]

All Saints Waterden

A service of re-dedication of All Saints, Waterden, was attended by two council members of the Norfolk Churches Trust. A most moving service of Evensong was conducted by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick. Fiona Fraser, on behalf of the trust, which also contributed towards the £272,000 cost of restoration, read the […]

Stately Car Boot Sale May 2020

The highly successful Stately Car Boot Sale event will be back in May 2020 at the splendid Sennowe Park.  More details will be published as soon as they are available.