...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive

Welcome to Somerset Churches Trust...

... an independent, non-denominational trust raising money for the repair and improvement of churches and chapels open for Christian worship in the historic county of Somerset. The Trust, founded in 1996 under the name Friends of Somerset Churches and Chapels, exists to encourage interest and the involvement of all members of the community in the magnificent heritage of our fine religious buildings. Already, since its founding, the Trust has made grants of almost £700,000 to over 300 churches and chapels in Somerset.

Change to Grant Policy and Closing Date

At their meeting on 17th July 2017 the trustees approved a change to the Grants Policy whereby applicants who are not already members of the trust must become members for at least three years in order for a grant to be paid.  This change will come into effect for applications considered by the trustees at their next meeting on 24th October 2017. Grant applications must normally be received one calendar month before the date of the trustees meeting at which the application will be considered.  The next closing date will be 24th September 2017 for the meeting on 24th October 2017.
Click here for more information on Grant Applications.

2017 Programme

Our Programme of Events is now available. Once again we have a fantastic variety of events including a tour of Glastonbury Abbey as part of our Annual Meeting, a Benedictine tour of Bath Abbey including medieval refreshments and an organ recital and talk in The Bishop's Palace Chapel in Wells not to mention visits to numerous churches and chapels all over Somerset. Do join us! Contact details are shown under the events section below or to see the full Programme of Events click here.

Church of the Month -  Kilve, The Blessed Virgin Mary

One of my favourite walks is along the North Somerset coast from KIlve to East Quantoxhead and the walk is never complete without a visit to The church of The Blessed Virgin Mary Kilve. An unusual white roughcast rendered building which stands out in the surrounding countryside. Built mainly in the fifteenth century it was restored in 1861. Of particular note is the window on the south side by Christopher Webb. If you enjoy looking at churches why not join us for one of our church crawls. The last one this year is on Saturday 14th October and starts at the URC Chapel Middle Lambrook. See Events for full details. Chris Hawkings.


Click here for the following:

Books for Sale
Annual Reports
Trustees Annual Reports and Accounts
Press Releases
Church Card Archive
Policies and Procedures

2016 Annual Report

Our Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30th June 2016 has now been sent to all members. As well as a lot of interesting articles it contains details of all our visits, grants and activities for the year. Click here to read the report.

A list showing all of the churches that will be open and offering hospitality on 9th September 2017 has now been published. Most will have refreshments and many someone there to welcome you. Why not visit some of the churches you have never been to before and make someone's day!

Members of the Trust filled St Benedict's Church Glastonbury on Saturday 8th April for their Annual Meeting on an unseasonably warm and sunny day with clear blue skies. Click on the heading for more about the day.

Gill Hawkings the Membership Secretary says "A Big Thank You to everyone who sent in revised Standing Orders and email addresses. Membership subscriptions play a vital role in enabling us to give grants to churches and chapels."

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