Who We Are

Our Aim

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust is a non-denominational charity whose objective is to help churches in Yorkshire through offering grants for repairs and maintenance.

Through fundraising, donations and membership, the trust distributes funding to churches and chapels from all Christian denominations who are in need of financial assistance to preserve and repair their church.

About the Trust

Founded in 1988, the Trust was established with the aim of helping the preservation, repair and maintenance of churches within the historic boundary of Yorkshire, their monuments and features. Since our inception in 1988, we have funded almost £3,000,000 worth of grants to more than 800 churches in need.

Through the generosity of donors, members and the general public, the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust is able to give around £100,000 a year to churches in need of repair and preservation.

Anyone can support us by becoming a Friend, or join in with fundraising activities. The Trust’s major fund-raising activity is the ‘Ride +Stride’ sponsor day, held in September every year, where half the money raised is given back to the churches that joined in the activities.

Alongside the fundraising and production of newsletters to keep our supporters informed, we organise architectural tours and lectures to enhance and develop knowledge about Yorkshire’s churches.

Our People

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York

Dr Terry Bramall CBE

Our work can only be achieved and delivered with the support of the many people who contribute to the work of the YHCT.

A group of dedicated Trustees 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.

Current Trustees:

Trustees are assisted and supported by professional architects and other conservation specialists to assess the individual needs of the churches. The panel includes:

Charles Anelay, Clyde Binfield, Andrew Boyce, Richard Carr- Archer, Richard Crooks, Malcolm Warburton.

Trustee Spotlight

In 2019, we were delighted to be joined by Jane Crease, who tells us a bit about herself:

“I was invited to become a Trustee of the YHCT in April and have relished the opportunity to help shape the programme of events run by the Trust and support the needs of religious buildings and the communities they serve across Yorkshire.

For the past 20 years I have been Chair for Yorkshire of the Art Fund volunteer fund-raising committees. The Art Fund is the national membership charity which supports the purchase of works of art for public collections; last year it gave nearly 7 million pounds for this purpose. The volunteer committees run events which help to raise funds for this purpose. My Yorkshire committees raised nearly 25k for the cause in 2018; more importantly they added an extra dimension to the experience of membership of the Fund and helped with membership retention and legacy income.

My field of expertise is late medieval sculpture, especially church monuments, the most substantial corpus of sculpture left after the work of the iconoclasts, and the relationship of church furnishing to religious practice.

I am a great believer in the wider use of church buildings and am delighted to be working with the YHCT to help churches in Yorkshire through offering grants for vital repairs and maintenance.

Yorkshire is one of the richest counties for examples of unique historic places of worship and the Trustees of the YHCT work to help preserve, repair and maintain these buildings for us to enjoy now and for future generations to come.”

Jane Crease