Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust


September 12

Meet the Trustees

The YHCT is run by a group of dedicated Trustees who give up their time and share their knowledge and expertise to ensure the Trust is well managed and continues to support the need of the places of worship across Yorkshire.

Earlier this year, we were delighted to be joined by Jane Crease, who tells us a bit about herself: 

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September 11

Grants awarded 2018 – 2019

Trustees were delighted to award the following churches funding between October 2018 and September 2019:

Bierley,  St John £4000

Newton-on-Ouse, All Saints £7000

Leeds, St Matthew £5650

Gomersal Methodist Church £2500

Alne, St Mary £8000

Shipley, St Paul £6750

Long Preston, St Mary £500

Saltburn, Emmanuel £4000

Slingsby, All Saints £4000

Harrogate, St Peter  £2000

Cowgill, St John £4000

Honley, St Mary the Virgin £4000

Heeley, Christ Church £8750

East Morton, St Luke £3000

Hoyland, St Peter £3000

Middleton Tyas, St Michael & All Angels £2000

Sessay, St Cuthbert £4000

Whixley, Church of the Ascension £1000

Ulley, Holy Trinity £2500

Boynton, St Andrew £5000

Barnburgh, St Peter £5000

Nunburnholme, St James £4000

North Ferriby, All Saints £4000

Clayton West, All Saints   £3000

Felkirk, St Peter£3000

Stillingfleet, St Helen £2000

Wetherby, St James £2000

Sheffield, Tapton Hill Congregational Church £2000

Ripon, St Wilfrid £4000

Roundhay, St Edmund £5000

Heeley, Christ Church £4000

Cleckheaton, St John £3000

Long Marston, All Saints,  £2000

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September 11

St Peter’s Church, Hoyland: The church on the Hill

St Peter’s, Hoyland is a meticulously maintained Grade II listed church built in 1830 by Watson, Pritchett and Watson. The original light and lofty rectangular Low Church box survives but severe mining subsidence has transformed the interior, most recently in the 1990s.

This church is a great example of how an inventive transformation of the interior has ensured the building is wholly fit for purpose for the future.  A quirky vaulted ceiling has been installed to conceal the steel corseting of 1924. At the same time a coffee hub has been formed under the rear gallery and the gallery itself has been turned into a meeting-room, separated from the nave by glass partitions. The result is characterful , endearing  and well worth a visit!

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August 26

We must keep faith in our historic churches – Tom Ramsden, Chairman of YHCT

You may have seen alarming headlines decrying the ‘crumbling of our Cathedrals’ and the ‘crisis’ of an ageing population putting Britain’s churches at risk of disrepair and closure.

It is a fact that the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services falls year on year and this is the continuation of a trend seen over recent decades. These statistics reflect changes in modern society. We are becoming more secular – fewer people identify themselves as religious and fewer people identify themselves as being Christian.

The good news is that many places of worship, especially those in Yorkshire, are taking on board the need to ensure their church buildings have overlapping religious and community uses to ensure their future sustainability. They are opening up as spaces where playgroups meet, for food banks, hosting post offices, where concerts, talks and art exhibitions are put on and where drop-in sessions for the elderly and vulnerable are held.

This is where the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust comes into play. It is thanks to the generosity of our many Friends and donors that we are able to help churches foot their repair and maintenance bills and be in a position to open up for wider uses.

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May 2

Ride +Stride Art Trail

If you are planning on taking part in Ride +Stride this year, why not consider following the ‘Sculpt – art in the churches’ trail?

Taking place on Saturday 14th September, Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride, walk or drive between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside, towns and cities.  Participants help raise vital funds for the restoration and preservation of the our historic churches, chapels and meeting houses.

50% of the money you raise can be given to a church of your choice, the remaining goes to the Trust to help support the thousands of churches we have in the county.

The Sculpt project involves international and innovative artists, who have each created individual and unique, site-specific sculptures for seven churches on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.  

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December 5

Annual report

Please find a copy of the Trust’s latest annual report here.

You will see that during the year, the Trust converted to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which will modernise the administration and governance of the charity going forward.

During the year the Trust gave grants of £118,750 to 28 places of worship, helping support vital repairs and maintenance. It can only do this with the help of our friends and donors and we’d like to thank you for your continued support.

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October 11

Church maintenance, repair and replacement

Former Trustee and Grants Committee chairman, shares with us the importance of good maintenance and repair of church buildings:

“We construct buildings to create spaces protected from the extremes of weather. Even as the building envelope performs this role, its function causes degradation. Some materials and building elements have a short lifespan while others survive longer, but all have to be maintained, and even with the best maintenance virtually all will need replacement.

 Sometimes there is confusion about maintenance and repair; it may be thought that conserving a material will obviate the need for replacement. In reality, even well-maintained building elements will degrade and eventually need either replacement or protection. So looking after a church building properly means you have to think short, medium and long term – quite a tall order !

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September 12

Important bank account changes

The Trust has recently changed it’s charitable status to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), which will save administration costs and comply with current recommendations from the Charities Commission.

As a result, we have updated our bank account. The account we had with the HSBC is now closed for individual and church contributions.

Our new account details are as follows:

Co-op Bank,  sort code: 08 92 99  account number: 65846678

Please use this standing order form to update your payment details.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.


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September 7

Are you ready for Ride+Stride?


The stage is set for this year’s Ride +Stride on Saturday (8th September) and the forecast is promising.

Once again, many of our friends and supporters will be talking to their wheels and feet, visiting churches and raising much needed funds for places of worship in Yorkshire.

Geoff Taylor, from Kirby –in –Cleveland,  tells us about his plans for this year’s event:

“A group of us from Saint Augustines Kirkby- in -Cleveland have participated in the event for several years and had some great rides, I call our venture ‘Sprockets and Steeples’. This year is special for a couple of reasons. We have decided to ride from Whitby Abbey to Kirby, around 32 miles along the Esk Valley calling at churches along the way. The reason for this is that our two local churches at Ingleby Greenhow and Kirby ‘belonged’ to Whitby Abbey for 400 years until 1540 so it’s a reminder of that history. In addition a third church of our united benefice Kildale at which we shall call was the home of the Percy family who rebounded Whitby Abbey after the Norman Conquest.

The other special reason is that we recently held a specific fundraising effort for our hardworking vicar Anne Heading who has been with us for over eleven years and bought her a shiny new electric bike on which she whizzes around the parish without exhaust or exhaustion! Anne will be joining us for the latter part of the ride from Kildale to Kirby”

Good luck Geoff, and all the others taking part in Ride+Stride this Saturday. We thank you for your continued support.

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August 1

Can you spare some time to help us?

Ride and Stride is our annual sponsorship event. We are looking for someone to help us out in 2019 to strengthen the event and increase the amount of money raised.

You may love cycling, walking or visiting churches and have some ideas about how we can raise awareness of the event and reach new audiences.

It’s a fun day out where people get sponsored to visit as many places of worship as they can, either on foot, by bike or by car / public transport. The money raised is shared between the participants own church, and the YHCT.

Ride +Stride is a wonderful way to raise much needed funds and we grateful to our many dedicated supporters who take part each year. However, we know it could be even bigger and better!

Familiar with WordPress?

We are also looking for someone with experience in WordPress to help us tidy up our website. If you have skills in this area and think you may be able to spare a bit of your time to help us out, we would love to hear from you.

For further information about both roles, please contact Vanessa White on 07786 656883, vanbarassociates@gmail.com

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