SOMERSET CHURCHES TRUST
...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.

Closing Dates for Grant Applications

In order to ensure sufficient time to process grant applications they 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 17 June 2017 for the meeting on 17th July 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.




Annual Meeting 8th April 2017

The Trust held it's Annual Meeting in St Benedict's Church, Glastonbury on 8th April. St Benedict's is a most wonderful light and airy building having been recently reordered by Architects Chedburn,Dudley and proved to be a perfect space for our meeting  We were given a fantastically warm welcome by the church and were treated to a fascinating talk by Mark Hutchinson of Glastonbury Abbey (pictured above) who later lead tours of the Abbey itself. See the News Item below for more about the day.

Publications
  

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 took part on 10th September 2016 and raised money for Somerset Churches Trust has now been published.

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."

Ride+Stride for Churches
Start Date/Time:
09 September 2017 10:00
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:
Be part of this great event which takes place all over the country!
Get sponsored or just make a donation to cycle, walk, ride on horseback or drive* to churches, chapels and meeting houses.
For more information contact:
The Ride+Stride Administrator Chris Hawkings, tel 01749 672327 or email chrishawkings@hotmail.co.uk or visit The Ride+Stride page.
*If you are on horseback you must have your own insurance and if you are driving you must check with your motor insurer that you are covered for this event.
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