SOMERSET CHURCHES TRUST
...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive

The final number of participating churches is 180 for Ride+Stride 2019. There is still time to download the complete list.

Bishops Peter and Ruth officially launch our 2019 Ride+Stride at The Bishop's Palace in Wells.

Clergy on Penny Farthings launch 2019 Ride+Stride

Somerset Churches of the 20C
Start Date/Time:
23 March 2019 12:30
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:

This Crawl endeavours to highlight, in the small geographical area of Weston-super-Mare, the development of churches across the denominations resulting from the changing circumstances of the 20thC.

All Saints, All Saints Road, BS23 2NL. Arrive 12.30 for 1pm. ‘The finest church of entirely modern foundation in Somerset’ (Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate). Opened 1902, it is one of Royal Academician, George Bodley’s, last creations. Then to Corpus Christi, 14 Ellenborough Park South, BS23 1XW. The ‘new church’ of Corpus Christi was opened in 1929, exactly 100 years after the Catholic Emancipation Act. Catholic churches have a distinct character, in this case an Italianate appearance, internally driven largely by litur- gical function. On to Boulevard United Reformed, Waterloo Street, BS23 1LF. Built 1959 to the design of Gordon W. Jackson, this is a post war replacement of the original urban Gothic church, destroyed by bombing in the 2nd World War.

Lastly to St Paul, Walliscote Road, BA23 1EF. St Paul’s post- War rebuild was perhaps the town’s final architectural show of dominant ecclesiastical self-confidence, encompassing a variety of uses as well as showing external religiosity and is a very popular venue. Afternoon tea here – donations please.

Book with Philip Skelhorn, email: pjskelhorn@gmail.com, tel: 01963 220586.


Our Next Event is on Friday 11th October.

Fine Textiles in Bath Churches

A tour of three contrasting places of worship with notable textiles. Meet at St John’s Roman Catholic Church, South Parade, Bath BA2 4AF (public car parks nearby), an 1861 neo-Gothic city church with 15thC vestments still in use. On to St Mary, Bathwick, Darlington St, BA2 4EB (on-site parking available), a Somerset Gothic church which has a Willis organ, and again fine vestments. Finally to the University of Bath Chaplaincy, next to the University library, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY (car parks on campus) – a modern chaplaincy which has an elegant triptych based on a triquetra symbol. Tea here – donations please.
Book with Tony Davies, email: tony@anthonydavies.demon.co.uk, tel: 01225 336124.
 
St John the Evangelist RC Church Bath where we start our tour

Click here to see the full programme for 2019.

Notes from William's Travels
The first in an occasional series


William Newsom one of our trustees is on a mission to visit every church in Somerset. He is reporting back when he comes across anything unusual. There is always something new to discover in churches and William's first unusual find are mass dials. Sometimes known as scratch dials, these date from the time before clocks, and were a means of knowing when the next mass was to be said.  Effectively simple sundials, they are to be found scratched on the south facing wall of a church and are circular, usually about a foot wide, with a hole in the middle into which was fixed a wooden peg projecting out at right angles and various lines radiating out from the centre. As the sun traversed the sky the peg cast a shadow indicating the time at which services were held. Many churches in Somerset dating from the 15th century and earlier have them.  The church of Holy Trinity, Newton St Loe has two alongside the south porch.


The church of St Bartholomew’s, Ubly has one in the north porch which is in the wrong place as it was moved from the south wall when a major restoration was carried out in the 19
th century.


ROOF ALARM GRANTS DOUBLED TO £2,000

OFFER ENDS 31 DECEMBER 2019 - APPLY NOW

At the Annual Meeting held on 27th April Trustees agreed to match the £1,000 from Allchurches Trust towards the cost of installing a roof alarm. With metal prices on the rise theft of lead is more than likely to increase. Make the most of this one off opportunity to protect your church. Apply now before it's too late.
 


A Welcome from the Chairman

Welcome to our website. We are 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. I hope to meet you at one of our church crawls. If you need any information about our activities or how to apply for a grant do please get in touch. All the information you need is on our contacts page.
 Dr Axel Palmer Chairman

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 13th September 2019 for the October 2019 trustees meeting.   Click here for more information on Grant Applications.

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.


Publications

Click here for the following: Books for Sale, Annual ReportsTrustees Annual Reports and Accounts, Press Releases, Church Card Archive, Churches and Chapels Visited by DateChurches and Chapels visited by Location, Policies 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.”







Links Page

The Somerset Historic Environment Record is part of the much larger South West Heritage Trust website. Our Links Page has links to this website and over twenty other organisations concerned with religious and historic buildings.

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