...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.

See Where We've Been on our Church Crawls!

A complete list is now available of every church and chapel we have ever visited since the trust was formed in 1996. You can search by the date of the first visit or alphabetically. Click on the links below to go straight to the lists. If there is somewhere we have missed where you would like to visit then do let us know.

Churches and Chapels visited by date of first visit.
Alphabetical list of churches and chapels visited.

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. 

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 14th September 2018 for the trustees meeting on 16th October 2018.Click here for more information on Grant Applications.

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.”

Bishop Peter and Jane Hancock with riders and striders


Ride+Stride 2018 is Here!

Do join in on Saturday 8th September. The List of "Participating Churches" is now available. Updated on 14th August to 120 churches! This shows all those churches that have signed up to Ride+Stride and shows if they have refreshments and/or toilets available. Please remember though that virtually every church in Somerset is usually open so you can plan a route anywhere in Somerset. All the forms and information you need to take part is on the Ride+Stride page. Click 2018 to go straight to the information you need.

Our Next Event - Churches of Mid Somerset with talks by Julian Orbach
High Ham St Andrew

St Andrews, High Ham


Blessed Virgin Mary, Westonzoyland

Our next event on Saturday 18th August is a tour of Mid Somerset churches where we will examine screens from three different periods. We are delighted to be able to announce that our guide will be Julian Orbach the editor of the newly revised Pevsner The Buildings of England - Somerset: South and West. Meet at 2.30 pm at St Andrew, High Ham TA10 9BZ  (pictured above) which has an outstandingly good rood screen from c1500. Then to St Mary, Chedzoy TA7 8RL where the rood screen dates from 1884. Finally to Blessed Virgin Mary, Westonzoyland TA7 0EP which features a screen from 1935 by WD Caroe. (pictured above )
Book with: William Newsom. 
email:  tel: 01963 441533 .
See the Events Calendar below for further details. 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. 


Click here for the following:
Books for Sale
Annual Reports
Trustees Annual Reports and Accounts
Press Releases
Church Card Archive
Churches and Chapels Visited by Date
Churches and Chapels visited by Location
Policies and Procedures

Fifteen hardy souls braved the wintery weather to enjoy a tour of Cheddar Churches and were rewarded with a wondrous spread at the Baptist Church.(pictured left)

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.

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