Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust


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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February 12

Hon. Treasurer Needed

Are you looking to volunteer?

Can you spare some time to help the Trust? 

We are looking for a Treasurer to join the trustees. The Trust gives around £100,000 a year towards repairs to Yorkshire’s Places of Worship and we are looking for a retired or qualified accountant who would enjoy the prospect of helping with this work. It takes no more than one day spread throughout the month and anyone interested or needing more information should contact the chairman, Tom Ramsden, by email at tom@oldsleningford.co.uk

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January 31

Gold Medal recognition for YHCT grant committee stalwart

The winner of The King of Prussia Gold Medal was announced by Prince Nicholas Von Preussen the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held at St Mellitus College, London on 26 October 2017.

The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Richard Crooks Partnership for their work which brought back to life the historic St Mark’s Church, in Leeds, after extensive interior conservation. St Mark’s Church received a £500 prize.

Richard is a long serving dedicated member of the YHCT grants committee, and we are delighted to hear of this award.

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May 16

Dreaming Spires

York St Lawrence Edward

Edward Waterson, YHCT trustee and Caroline Mozley at St Lawrence Church, York.

Article courtesy of The York Press article here

BRITAIN has made two great contributions to world culture, jokes Edward Waterson – the country house, and the parish church.

The sight of a church steeple dreaming amidst gently rolling hills and fields is as English as the sound of leather on willow. Whether you’re a churchgoer or not, it’s a sight that can lift the heart.

And many of our thousands of parish churches have stories to match their history: the tomb of Edward of Middleham, son of Richard III, at Sheriff Hutton, for example; or the extraordinary medieval wall paintings at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Pickering.

Yorkshire has more churches than any other English county – something like 3,500 of all denominations, though no-one seems exactly sure of the precise number.

The future of many of them, however, may be at risk.

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December 20

Need help with church maintenance?


A New Church Maintenance Service for Yorkshire

The National Churches Trust has received £90,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Yorkshire Maintenance Project (YMP) which will help keep churches and chapels in Yorkshire in good condition and prevent the need for expensive repairs. For more information on the YMP visit


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October 20

Marsh Awards for Innovative Projects


Thanks to the generosity of the Marsh Christian Trust, the National Churches Trust holds a competition to find the Christian congregations running the most innovative community projects made possible through the installation of new facilities and improved accessibility in a place of worship within the last five years.

The awards look for projects that show the positive impact installing community facilities such a kitchens, cafes, toilets and improved access at places of worship has on churches and local communities.

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October 11

NCT Yorkshire maintenance project


The National Churches Trust was successful in receiving £90,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in June 2016 for the Yorkshire Maintenance Project which focuses on promoting good practice in preventative maintenance at Yorkshire’s historic churches, chapels and meeting houses, delivering systems to make it easier for churches to maintain their historic fabric.

This project will set up a maintenance management system to connect churches with maintenance professionals, and address skills and information gaps for churches in Yorkshire. The aims of the project are:

  1. To promote awareness of the benefits of preventative maintenance through training
  2. To increase the number of Yorkshire churches that regularly undertake maintenance
  3. To improve knowledge of the conditions of churches at high level
  4. To result in heritage being in better condition as a result of the regular maintenance care and inspections

The NCT are offering a micro grants scheme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, which will help churches pay for 50% of their first gutter clearance contract.  There are up to 200 grants available this year for churches who meet the eligibility criteria.

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May 25

All Saints’ celebrate

Newton on Ouse totaliser

All Saints church, at Newton on Ouse, is celebrating after receiving the final piece of its funding jigsaw from the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, enabling vital roof repairs to be undertaken.

The grade II listed church is a local landmark and has served the communities of Newton on Ouse, Linton on Ouse and Beningbrough for over 165 years. However, with missing roof slates and gaps in the mortar, the church has become badly damaged by damp and is no longer water tight.

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November 19

Yorkshire churches celebrate windfall


12 churches from across Yorkshire are celebrating this month after being awarded over £48,000 from the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust.

The  awards were made at the recent grants committee, and will fund vital repairs to the roofs, windows and ancient stonework of some of the region’s most vulnerable places of worship.

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