Shropshire Historic Churches Trust



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.

For anyone wishing to join this event and have an enjoyable few hours cycling or walking round local churches the date is:

9th SEPTEMBER 2017, 

sponsor forms will be available in July and will be displayed on the notice board by the South door in church or by contacting me -                                                                                                    

  Sue Tansley, Local Organiser                                                                                                                                                       Telephone:  01691 652498

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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