How the Trust works

The Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1986 and gave its first grants in 1987. It raises money to grant-aid historic churches and chapels in Nottinghamshire. It is non-denominational and can consider making grants to any Christian historic church or chapel in need of support.

On 31st December 1986 a small handful of committed people, concerned at the decline in the ability of Christian church groups to fund proper care of our historic ecclesiastical buildings, met to sign the Trust Deed thereby creating the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust. Today there are between twelve and twenty Trustees at any one time, invited to take on the role because of their expertise, knowledge of and interest in the preservation of our architectural heritage.

During 2011 and 2012 the Trust celebrated its 25th Anniversary with several fundraising events; the 2012 Summer Party took place on Friday 29th June at Papplewick Hall, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Jonathan Godwin-Austen. The evening began with a reception in the Hall followed by a concert in Papplewick church performed by a choir of young children from S. Anselm’s School. The final anniversary event, on Friday 12th October, was a special concert in Southwell Minster with the three Cathedral choirs, conducted by Paul Hale, Rector Chori.

The Trust raises money from

  • Individuals
  • Institutions
  • Local authorities
  • Charitable trusts and foundations
  • The National Churches Trust (Partnership Grants Programme)
  • Legacies

It organises an annual sponsored Ride+Stride event where the Trust receives half the sponsorship money, and the other half goes to the churches from which the cyclists and walkers come. Each year more churches and chapels become involved thus helping to raise the amount of sponsorship year on year. The Trust also raises money through the Friends of NHCT, an important fundraising and networking group for the charity.

Since 1999 the Trust has acted as the channel through which Landfill Tax credits are distributed via WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).

It spends money

  • By making grants to historic churches and chapels in Nottinghamshire for the repair and maintenance of the fabric and fittings. Most buildings in receipt of grant-aid pre-date 1914, but the Trustees may also consider places of worship built between 1914 and 1969.
  • Size of grants depends on various conditions laid down by the Constitution at the discretion of the Trustees.

Why the Trust needs your help

  • The Trust makes a major contribution to the preservation of our heritage by helping to conserve and repair ecclesiastical buildings of outstanding merit or of historic interest.
  • The Trust must keep raising money to continue with its work. The burden of preserving our ecclesiastical heritage increases rather than diminishes with time.