40 UK Historic Churches Saved in Time for Christmas

Forty churches across the UK will stay open and in good repair thanks to £496,625 of funding awarded and recommended by the National Churches Trust in this latest round of grants.  

These include:

  • £40,000 given to St Marks in Tottenham London for urgent concrete repairs will help this thriving methodist church to be structurally sound.
  • £30,000 to help reopen Grade II Listed Chapel Bryn Sion Baptist Fellowship in Aberdare, Wales, that was condemned six years ago due to safety concerns.
  • £30,000 to St Cuthbert’s in Darlington for urgent roof repairs and to help remove the church from the heritage at risk register.
  • £10,000 to St Margaret’s church in Hornby, Lancashire, to finally get a permanent roof following devastating lead theft.
  • £9,965 to RCCG King of Glory church in Craigentinny, Edinburgh to install a new kitchen and accessible toilets in this thriving church.

Other grants will go towards making buildings windproof and watertight – very important as we enter into winter – as well as adding accessible toilets and kitchens to the church to make them fit for the 21st century.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said:

We are delighted to partner with so many churches to enable them to carry out urgent repairs and make their buildings fit for the 21st century. From installing kitchens and accessible toilets to making their buildings windproof and watertight, our grants help to keep churches in good condition and serving local people.

Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people, keeps them thriving today and tomorrow.

Hear from the churches what a grant means to them  

The Rev Stephen Poxon, the minister at St Mark’s Methodist Church, said:

We were thrilled to hear of the generous grant that we have been awarded by the National Churches Trust, which will enable the much-needed work to begin on the building. This grant enables our hopes and vision to become a reality.

Ian Ross, Minster at Bryn Sion Chapel in Aberdare, Wales, said:

We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding from the National Churches Trust. It will enable us to carry out the work necessary to reopen our chapel for the benefit of the community. For many years chapels in our valley have closed and often gone into disrepair. We are so happy that Bryn Sion will now remain open as an accessible, warm, welcoming chapel in the heart of the village of Trecynon. Thank you.

Paul Gilmore, from St. Cuthbert’s Parochial Church Council, said:

This is wonderful news! St Cuthbert’s has ambitious plans to open every day, expanding our activities and the way we serve the town of Darlington. These grants will ensure the safety of the church and begin to make our ambitions possible.

Reverend Lucie Lunn, Vicar of St Margaret’s Church in Hornby, Lancashire, said:

It is difficult to put into words the difference this grant makes to the life of the church. Our outreach, worship and funds have been clouded by the concern for the roof for several years. To know that we are able now to plan for the school’s Christmas service and other events for our community to come back into the building is an immeasurable gift.

Rufai Adesola, minister at RCCG King of Glory Church in Edinburgh

We are most delighted to receive the funding support from the National Churches Trust. Our community is growing fast so we require more space to welcome people and this grant will enable us to achieve our vision and aims. The impact of this funding will be felt mostly among the mother and toddler groups, because this group is most affected by our limited facilities.

Working together for the future of our churches  

The grants are made possible thanks to National Churches Trust Friends and supporters, including the Wolfson Foundation, Headley Trust and Pilgrim Trust, which enables us to reach even more churches across the UK with urgent funding.  

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said:

“Churches sit in the heart of their communities and provide unrivalled support to local people. We are delighted to continue to partner with the National Churches Trust to help conserve and restore listed places of worship of outstanding historical and architectural significance, preserving these much-loved buildings for future generations to enjoy.” 

In 2023, the National Churches Trust has made over 180 grant awards to churches throughout the UK, with funding totalling more than £1.4 million. 

Moving into 2024, the National Churches Trust will continue to help churches through our extensive grants programme.  

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