...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.

Grants Available for Roof Alarms

With an award of £30,000 from Allchurches Trust we can grant up to £1,000 per installation including systems that are already in the process of being put in. The grants are on condition that churches must be members or become members of Somerset Churches Trust for a period of at least 3 years, that the alarm is approved by insurers and is maintained for at least 5 years. For an Application Form please go to our Grants Application Forms page. Our grant scheme has been featured on a number of BBC West news reports. Click here to see the report by Lee Madan of the BBC including comments from the Rector of Cheddar and our Chairman Axel Palmer.

2017 Annual Report sent to all members

Our Chairman, Dr Axel Palmer has written to all individual and church members of the trust enclosing a copy of the Annual Report and Accounts for 2017 together with our programme for 2018 and a membership application form to pass on to encourage new members. To see the letter click here. 

Our Patron Kevin McCloud, the presenter of Grand Designs says:

“Our churches are literally our historic and cultural touchstones – in our landscapes, built environment, family histories and our communities.
They embody faith, beauty, craftsmanship and collective memory. So we should cherish them.”

St Hugh's Church, Charterhouse on Mendip

Annual Meeting, Talk and Tour
Saturday 14th April 2.00pm

Our next event is the Annual Meeting to be held at St Hugh's Church, Charterhouse on Mendip. This church in the Arts and Crafts style has a fascinating history. After the meeting there will be a talk about the church and a tour of the surrounding area including the lead workings which were important from Roman times until the C.19th. Not to be missed! Booking essential. See the Events Calendar for details about booking.

2018 Programme of Events

The rest of our programme for 2018 comprises a very varied programme featuring churches and chapels of all denominations. Our Church tour in June includes organ recitals at three churches near Bath and our November talk is by Bob Croft the County Archaeologist. All events are on a Saturday except for the November talk which is on Wednesday.

See the Events Calendar below for brief details including the start time and starting point. For full details of each event click here for the complete programme. You can download this and print it off.

We look forward to seeing you and do please feel free to bring along someone with you and introduce them to the Trust. Our first event is a tour of Cheddar churches starting at St Andrew's (shown above) at 2.00 pm on Saturday 17th March 2018.


Click here for the following:
Books for Sale
Annual Reports
Trustees Annual Reports and Accounts
Press Releases
Church Card Archive
Policies and Procedures
Grant Applications and Closing Date

We welcome applications from churches and chapels of all denominations for grants towards repairs and improvements to enable wider community use subject to our grant terms and conditions. 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. 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 16th March 2018 for the trustees meeting on 14th April 2018.
Click here for more information on Grant Applications.

The Somerset Churches Trust/Allchurches Trust Scheme for grants towards roof alarms has been featured on a number of news reports by BBC West. Click on heading for link to the report.

We are delighted to be able to announce that for another year we have been granted additional funding for grants from the National Churches Trust. Click on the heading for more information or go to our Grants Page.

Dr Axel Palmer was interviewed on 14 January 2018 by BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Somerset about the theft of lead from church roofs and the joint SCT and Allchurches Trust initiative to provide funds toward the installation of roof alarms. Axel said that the theft of lead from church roofs is a heritage crime. The intiative has also received wide coverage in local newspapers across the county.

14 Apr 18 02:00 PM Annual Meeting, Talk & Tour
19 May 18 01:30 PM South Somerset Church Tour
16 Jun 18 02:00 PM Churches near Bath and Organ Recitals
21 Jul 18 02:00 PM Medieval Churches of the SW Mendips
18 Aug 18 02:30 PM Mid Somerset Church Tour
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