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

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.

Trust Treasurer Tony Davies has now released our Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 30 June 2019.

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

Wiveliscombe Churches - Cancelled
Start Date/Time:
06 June 2020 14:00
End Date/Time:
06 June 2020 17:00
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:

Wiveliscombe Churches - Cancelled


Lead Roof Alarm Grants


We regret to announce that this funding has now been exhausted and we are no longer able to accept applications.

Annual Report and Accounts 2018-2019

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

2020 EVENTS PROGRAMME

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.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

"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.











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  
27th March 2020 for the trustees meeting on   25th April 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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