Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust


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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June 8

30th anniversary celebrations

Over 50 friends of the Trust gathered at Bishopthorpe Palace to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the Archbishop of York on Thursday 31st May.

Welcomed by Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and President of the Trust, guests enjoyed refreshments and a tour of the palace.

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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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May 10

Tour de Yorkshire 2017


In July 2014, three million people thronged the roadsides of Yorkshire to welcome Le Tour de France to God’s Own County. The sun shone, bands played and church bells rang. Yorkshire was globally endorsed as the new home of world cycling and its churches took centre stage as landmarks in the TV commentary.

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January 19

Review into the Sustainability of English churches

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The review into the sustainability of English churches is the first ever government review into the future of Church of England church buildings. The review is seeking the views of individuals and organisations who are interested in the future of England’s churches and cathedrals. If you would like to comment, you have until noon on 31 January 2017 to respond.

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February 5

Overwhelming public support for churches

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60% of British adults back the Government providing financial support for churches, chapels and meeting houses in order to protect their heritage and history for future generations, according to the findings of a new opinion poll, commissioned by the National Churches Trust.

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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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Posted in Grants, In the press, News

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