The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1955 to assist in the restoration and repair of Cornish churches that have architectural or historic merit. The Trust is a registered charity and churches and chapels of all denominations are eligible to apply for assistance.
In Cornwall, 80% of churches are pre-1550. From the Trust’s foundation document it was recognized that: “The churches are still there, still praying through the storms and the rains. We must not let down the past which has loved and cared for them”. The essential task is to support these historic buildings but also give help to churches built after this period. By “church” we mean any church, chapel or other building used for public worship for the time being.
From the outset the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust’s priority has been to raise money and publicise the urgency of the need to make our churches weather-tight, but not to neglect the need to protect any artistic work. Its funds are applied for “the preservation and maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction of churches in Cornwall and of monuments, fittings, fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels in churches and churchyards”.
The Trust has limited capital and resources and its work can only continue and be effective through the continuing generosity and support of both the people of Cornwall, and the many kind and benevolent friends and family from beyond its borders who share the love of this county and its Christian heritage.
Would you like to support us?
The simplest way is to join us by becoming a Friend of Cornish Churches. An application form is available from this website under the Friends tab.
You will automatically be invited to the two special annual Friends events; the AGM in May/June which is held at a church of special interest, followed by a guest speaker and an excellent tea, and in June/July a visit to two churches of particular merit, again with a lecture and tea.
If you would like to make a donation, please go to the Contribute tab. Alternatively, you are welcome to make a donation to us via Just Giving.
Do you need our help?
If you are associated with a church in need of restoration/repair (of any denomination) then go to the Grants section. Have a look at the Criteria and Process, and download an Application Form. It is a very simple form to complete. At the moment, our top grant is £5000. If in the first instance, you would like to talk things over, then contact the Secretary, Simon Coy, Get in Touch tab.