...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive

Good News! Grants of up to £2,500 are available direct for Allchurches Trust.

We very much regret that due to the ongoing coronavirus situation our events planned for 25th April, 16th May and 6th June have been cancelled for this year.

We have another full programme of events for 2020. Details have been sent out to all members and can be downloaded from our website.


The full programme of events for 2020 is now available.

Due to coronavirus our events for April, May and June are cancelled. We hope to run them in 2021.
Depending on how the situation develops our next event is on Saturday 25th July which is a visit to churches in the Isle of Wedmore.

For full details of this and all our events click here.


"The Trust is alive and well, and hard at work in the historic county of Somerset promoting issues of importance to churches and chapels." Read the rest of Axel Palmer's Chairman's report together with a range of articles and a review of the year in our 2019 Annual Report.


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.

Ride+Stride for Churches: Somerset
Start Date/Time:
14 September 2019
Recurring Event:
One time event

Please support our biggest annual fundraiser. Raise money for the Trust and help us continue giving grants to churches, chapels and meeting houses in Somerset, and also support your own church, chapel or charity. Make this our biggest event to date.

  • Visit as few, or as many, of Somerset’s many wonderful places of worship as you like.

  • Take part on Saturday 14th September, or on any day from 7th to 22nd September.

  • Make up your own route, or download a walk or cycle route from our website.

  • Cycle, walk, drive a car or mobility scooter, or ride a horse*, with friends and family.

  • Not keen on cycling or walking, Make September 14th an Open Day or Activity Day.

    Hold a coffee morning, cream tea, treasure hunt, quiz evening or concert.

  • Can you help promote R+S to churches in your local area? Please call Michael Auton.

  • Nominate a church, chapel, or charity to receive 50% of the money you raise through

    sponsorship, or donate it all to the Trust.

  • Please help theTrust to continue giving grants to churches, chapels and meeting houses

    in Somerset.

    *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.

    Full details, and all the forms you need, will be on our website:

    Further information about Ride+Stride from: Michael Auton, tel: 07862 253514, email: He is waiting to hear from you!!


Easter 2020 has seen the successful completion of Somerset Churches Trust’s roof alarm grant campaign in conjunction with Allchurches Trust, the charitable owner of Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Against a background of continuing lead thefts from churches, Chris Hawkings (Trustee) led Somerset Churches Trust (SCT) in a pioneering project with Allchurches Trust. The partnership was to use SCT’s existing grant giving scheme to distribute funds to mainly rural churches in Somerset to enable them to install roof alarms.

Click here to read the full press Release

Roof Alarm Grants Still Available

We are pleased to announce that grants for roof alarms are now available direct from Allchurches Trust. Allchurches are offering grants of up to £2,500 subject to a maximum of 50% of the cost of the installation. Systems must have the approval of the church insurers and be subject to a five year maintenance contract. 

APPLY NOW by clicking on this link to Allchurches website where you will find an Application Form.

This year's event is due to take place on Saturday 12th September. We are still hoping to run this event but in the light of the ongoing coronavirus situation are awaiting guidance from the National Organisation and Government Guidance. We will announce here as soon as we can what we intend to do.

Annual Report and Accounts 2018-2019

Our Accounts for the year ending 30 June 2019 are now available.
Click here for the full report.

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. In view of the current coronavirus situation we are unable to visit churches to undertake assessments and we do not have trustee meetings at regular intervals. However, churches are still invited to submit applications for grants and we will respond as soon as we can. 
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.

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