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

William Newsom, trustee and organiser of the crawl welcomes Julian Orbach crawl leader at the church of St Mary Magdalene, Great Elm. Click on the heading for a full report of the day.

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.

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

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: www.somersetchurchestrust.org

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

Our Next Event is on Friday 1st November.

Autumn Talk

Friday 1st November 7.30 pm

Wells Museum Lecture Hall

Monuments and Effigies of Somerset



Our Autumn Talk is at Wells Museum Lecture Hall, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE. Our speaker is Dr. Tim Connor, an architectural historian who focuses on buildings and church monuments in Dorset and Somerset, and is hugely respected in this field. His study of early chest tombs in West Dorset and South Somerset appeared in 2014.

Tickets £5.00, to include a glass of wine/soft drink payable on the door. 

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     21st December 2019 for the trustees meeting on   21st January 2020.   
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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