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.
Before the first church visit it is suggested you arrive earlier and visit Ashton Windmill, Notting Hill Way, Chapel Allerton, BS28 4QF, very close to the first church, and the last surviving windmill in the South West.
Start at 2.00 pm at Chapel Allerton, Front Street, BS26 2PQ. Parking limited on verge opposite. Originally site of Norman church with font from that period. Also C13th lancet widows remain. Current main interest is Victorian rebuilding circa 1860 by C E Giles including reredos and intricately carved font and pulpit.
On to Holy Trinity, Church Road, Blackford BS28 4NR. Parking limited in lower section of pub car park and in Church Road. Rare octagonal Chapel style church with cupola, by Richard Carver 1823. Originally three galleries of which only west remains. Chancel extended in 1921. Refurbished over past 20 years.
Thence to St Mary, Church Street, Wedmore BS28 4AA. Parking limited near church but available in signed public car park 5 mins walk. Church Grade I, grand mainly perpendicular but with earlier works (south door). Norman font, wall painting circa 1520, C17th pulpit, and magnificent brass candelabra all make this a dramatic visit. Tea here – donations please.
Book with David Sisson, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, T: 01934 713617
We regret to announce that this funding has now been exhausted and we are no longer able to accept applications.
Our Accounts for the year ending 30 June 2019 are now available.
Click here for the full report.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for the following: Books for Sale, Annual ReportsTrustees Annual Reports and Accounts, Press Releases, Church Card Archive, Churches and Chapels Visited by Date, Churches and Chapels visited by Location, Policies and Procedures
“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.”
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.