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.

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 Next Event is the Autumn Talk and really is one not to be missed! 

Wednesday 21st November at 7.30 pm

Archaeology and Churches, by Bob Croft at Wells Museum Lecture Hall 8 Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE.


Bob Croft is the County Archaeologist for Somerset and also the manager of the Historic Environment and Estates Service of the South West Heritage Trust at the Somerset Heritage Centre. He is a long- standing member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, an active member of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, and a Trustee of Somerset Churches Trust.

Booking essential by 14th November. Tickets, £5, include a glass of wine – additional donations very welcome.
Write, enclosing SAE and cheque made out to Somerset Churches Trust to: David Sisson, Providence House, Blackford, Wedmore, BS28 4NA,
email: davidsisson@hotmail.com,
tel: 01934 713617.



For once we were lucky with the weather on Saturday 8th September for this year's Ride+Stride and it looks as though the day was a great success. Our coordinator, Michael Auton in the photo below looks happy! Many thanks to all those who provided refreshments and welcomed participants to their churches and chapels, thanks to all those who rode and strode and a big thank you to all those who have given sponsorship. We would be most grateful if  Remittance Forms are returned together with the total money collected (cheques only please - no cash) and all Sponsor Forms to Tony Davies, Treasurer, Somerset Churches Trust, 52 Purlewent Drive, Weston, Bath, BA1 4AZ . Cheques payable to "Somerset Churches Trust Bike Ride".

Michael Auton (centre) and friends at Peasedown St John

Publications

Click here for the following:Books for SaleAnnual ReportsTrustees Annual Reports and AccountsPress ReleasesChurch Card ArchiveChurches and Chapels Visited by DateChurches and Chapels visited by LocationPolicies and Procedures

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.”

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.

Mid Somerset Church Tour
Start Date/Time:
18 August 2018 14:30
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:

The churches to be visited boast fine rood screens from different periods as well as other notable features. Start at St Andrew, High Ham TA10 9BZ (right). This has ‘an outstandingly good’ rood screen dating from c1500. Elsewhere, the church has an excellent nave roof dating from
1476–77, chancel and chancel arch dating from a similar period, an unusual lectern and pulpit and lovely C15th stained glass figures in the chancel. On to St Mary, Chedzoy TA7 8RL, Grade I. Chancel rebuilt 1884–85, from which dates the rood screen, which has some ‘remarkably delicate’ carving for the date. Bench ends date from the C16th, and pulpit, organ seat, lectern and altar all date from 1620–1637. Finally, to Blessed Virgin Mary, Westonzoyland TA7 0EP, ‘the most splendid of Somerset Perpendicular churches’. The rood screen dates from 1935–36 by W.D. Caroe and is ‘the finest piece of church woodwork of the C19th or C20th in Somerset’. There is so much more to see in this iconic church including a museum display commemorating the battle of Sedgemoor, 1685, the night following which the church notoriously was used as a prison.

Book with William Newsom, email william@williamnewsom.co.uk, tel: 01963 441533. 

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