Shropshire Historic Churches Trust



Why not consider participating in the above event by visiting the local churches in your town or rural area. The event enables one to enjoy a ride or walk locally visiting participating churches. Refreshments may be available at each church/chapel and the distance travelled is entirely up to
you. Our church gains by receiving half of the money you raise.
Health and Safety – Cyclists must wear a safety helmet and suitable clothing and make sure that their bicycles are in good working order, also it is important to adhere to the Highway Code at all times. Young people may take part but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
People will be needed to sit in church and welcome visitors for one or two hours between 10 am and 6 pm to offer refreshments and make sure  visitors sign in. If you could help with this, you may also get sponsorship for ‘church sitting’ on the day. A form will be put on the table at the back
of the Church at the beginning of August to sign up for refreshments.
More information and Sponsorship Forms can be obtained from the notice board by St Oswald’s South door, inside the church or from Sue Tansley (Tel: 01691-652498).
Sadly during the last two years two of our regular Cycle Riders have left the area, if you are a cyclist and could manage about 20 miles, I know the remaining team would be grateful for your company. They ride at least 16-20 miles round different villages, mainly on country roads, it would be enjoyable for whoever takes part to have company on their journeys! Don’t forget that you
can also get a group together to walk in town and perhaps enjoy a lunch on the way. Any questions, please contact me.
Sue Tansley
Local Contact


Last September four cyclists and 2 walkers (plus dogs) made a wonderful contribution to the Shropshire Historic Trust’s Ride and Stride Event to raise money for repairs to our needy churches. (For details of the Trust, see below)

OUR Grand Total was £1,383.75 including gift aid.  We have received half of this towards our church.  We also came SECOND highest earner and will be getting another certificate in May (£597 more than we raised in 2015). 

The total raised by SHCT was £28,396, £2000 more than they received in 2015.

Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

Shropshire is richly endowed with historic churches ....

There are over 350 churches in regular use, most over 700 years old.  Many of our churches are Listed Buildings, which signifies that they are of outstanding architectural and historic interest.  Responsibility for their maintenance and repair falls upon the individual parishes; they are not maintained or financed by the Church Commissioners, Diocese or State.  In Shropshire most churches are in rural areas where the congregations are often small and need help to cope with repairs, which are often urgent and expensive.

The Trust has now completed 21 years of work and has now given 232 grants to some 170 churches, worth almost £500,000.  The average grant in 2012 was just under £4,000, over 3 times the average grant awarded at the turn of the century.  Rarely is the SHCT the only grant provider, churches having to search diligently for other sources to raise substantial sums, with the hope that English Heritage will come to their rescue.

The work that our churches most often need is repair to the fabric: stone, brick, slate and wood.  With our unforgiving wet climate, leaking roofs, defective gutters, down-pipes and drains feature more than anything. Our advice is to seek help early from the Trust to prevent small problems becoming big ones. 



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