Celebrating and Supporting
Historic Churches
in Cambridgeshire

Church tours 2024

As usual, each tour will start at the first named church at 2.30 pm.  At the third and final church our hosts are kind enough to provide us with tea and a WC is available.    For those who wish to remain after the tour we either conduct our own short form of Evening Prayer or join the host church for their evening service if one is scheduled.

The June and August tours will be led by the Revd Dr Lynne Broughton and the May tour by William Schenck, a longstanding Trust member and Ely Cathedral guide.  July tour guide to be confirmed.  We don’t charge for participation in these tours but we ask those attending to donate generously to the churches we visit. 

Sunday 9th June

Leverington, St Leonard
Newton-in-the-Isle, St James
Tydd St Giles, St Giles

Sunday 14th July
Kirtling, Our Lady Immaculate & St Philip Neri
Kirtling, All Saints
Dullingham,  St Mary

Sunday 11th August
Great Staughton, St Andrew
Hail Weston, St Nicholas
Eaton Socon, St Mary

We give Grants for repair and restoration

Featured Project: Hardwick, St Mary

Plaster ceiling repairs are now nearing completion and the PCC hopes to re-open the church very soon.
Our next round of grants will be decided on 23 May 2024. The application deadline is 16 May 2024.

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust says Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Firstly, to all who took part in the 2023 Ride & Stride fundraising event which raised just over £21,900 to help churches of all denominations in the county of Cambridgeshire in 2024 – an increase of nearly £3000 on 2022!

Churches which raised funds in 2023 include:

Buckden, Cambridge: (Castle Methodist, Gt St Mary’s, St Giles, St Edward’s), Coveney, Dry Drayton, Ely Cathedral, Eltisley, Elton, Farcet, Fenstanton, Godmanchester, Gt. Paxton, Guilden Morden, Hemingford Abbotts, Hemingford Grey, Houghton & Wyton, Kingston, Linton, Little Downham, Little Eversden, Little Thetford, Littleport, Madingley, March, Melbourn, Mepal, Oakington, Somersham, Stapleford, Steeple Morden, Thriplow, Whittlesey and Willingham.

Two churches raised over £1000, and three churches raised over £500!

Secondly to all sponsors – without your sponsorship there would be nothing to celebrate and the Trust will not be able to help as much as they would like do with much needed grants/loans to churches which will apply for funding in 2024.

Thirdly to those churches which opened their doors to this year’s Riders and Striders and made them welcome.

Finally please book the date for the next annual Ride & Stride: Saturday 14th September 2024 – you don’t have to Ride or Stride – do whatever you can and raise funds for your own church and for CHCT at the same time.

To see some of the highlights from the day, or send your own images and stories from the day please visit the Trust’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CambsHCT/

or email:

[email protected]

See elsewhere on our website where you can become a member and/or take out Gift Membership.

 DON’T FORGET THE RIDE AND STRIDE THIS YEAR – ON SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER!

40TH ANNIVERSARY LEGACY APPEAL

SUPPORTING CHURCHES OF ALL DENOMINATIONS IN THE COUNTY OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE SINCE 1983

Help us secure the future of these important community buildings

INTRODUCTION FROM THE CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

His Honour Neil McKittrick

FORTY YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR CAMBRIDGESHIRE’S CHURCHES OF ALL DENOMINATIONS

Cambridgeshire has more than 300 churches and chapels of historic and architectural interest.  They span over a thousand years from the Saxon period at Great Paxton to the High Victorian at Waresley and the 20th century at the Good Shepherd, Arbury.

The care of church buildings is the responsibility of the local community, which carries the burdens of continuous maintenance and the raising of funds for repair.

Vital additional funding for some of our finest heritage assets

Since it was founded in 1983 CHCT has raised and distributed over £2 million in loans and over £500,00 in grants helping to preserve, develop and renovate some of the County’s most treasured churches, many of which have iconic status in their villages and localities.  CHCT’s grants and loans are usually the first given to such projects and are known to be catalysts in terms of encouraging and inspiring other donations.

CHCT is particularly keen to fund improvements which enable church buildings to be more widely used by their communities, eg the provision of kitchens and toilets, improved access, heating and modern wiring.  The Trust also awards grants towards the repair and conservation of memorials and monuments, including those in churchyards. 

Alongside this the Trust organises events which encourage everyone to enjoy and to understand the art and architecture of the county’s churches and chapels.  There is an Annual Conference in the Spring and there are Church Tours in the summer led by distinguished local experts in architecture and iconography.

Our vision

Our vision is to ensure that Cambridgeshire’s churches remain fit for their threefold purposes: for worship; as a community resource; as a valued heritage asset.

A special campaign for 2023

In pursuit of these goals, we are launching a Legacy Campaign, which will enable us to increase the help we currently give to churches of all denominations in the county.

How you can support our 40th Anniversary Campaign

There are a number of ways you can support our 40th Anniversary Campaign. 

You can:

  1. make a pledge to leave a gift in your will
  2. gift membership to your family and friends
  3. take part in our 40th anniversary year Ride & Stride
  4. attend our Annual Conference and Summer Church Tours
  5. help us to increase awareness of CHCT and its work.

LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL

A Pecuniary Legacy allows you to specify a sum of money for the Trust.

A Specific Legacy allows you to leave an asset to the Trust (eg Property, Works of Art, Shares)

A Residuary Legacy allows you to gift all or part of your estate after other legacies and expenses have been paid.

A Reversionary Legacy allows you to leave assets to the Trust while giving a named person the benefit of them during their lifetime.

CHANGING/MAKING A WILL

If you have already made a Will and wish to make a bequest to CHCT, contact your solicitor.

If you need help finding a solicitor go to the Law Society’s website:

(https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/?Pro=True)

For further information about leaving a gift in your Will or adding a Codicil, please contact our Administrator by email ([email protected]) or by phone 01353-668438.

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