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.

We were delighted to be joined by Janet Gough, OBE formerly Director of the Cathedrals and Church Building Division of the Church of England, who gave a thought provoking presentation titled ‘On a wing and a prayer: why we need to get serious about England’s unique church heritage’

Speaking on the day, Dr Sentamu said: “I am delighted to welcome friends and donors of the YHCT to Bishopthorpe Palace to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this special charity. Supporters of the Trust are helping to safeguard some of Yorkshire’s finest buildings, enabling them to provide a safe and welcoming place to worship and playing a vital role within local communities.”

Tom Ramsden, YHCT Chairman said: “With leaking roofs, rotting timbers and crumbling stonework, many of Yorkshire’s historic churches are battling to survive. But thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, we are able play our parts in helping ensure these buildings remain standing for many years to come.

He continued: “Not only do churches define our landscape, they bring communities together. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we look forward to growing the support for the Trust and helping keep churches alive for future generations”.

Chairman Tom Ramsden welcoming Friends

Janet Gough, OBE

Patrons Terry and Liz Bramall