Welcome to the The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust
The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust (CHCT) was formed in 1955 to assist in the restoration and repair of Cornish churches which have architectural or historic merit. Our patron is HRH the Duke of Cornwall.
The Trust has limited capital and resources and its work can only continue and be effective through the generosity and support of our Friends in Cornwall and beyond. The Trust is a registered charity and churches and chapels of all denominations are eligible to apply for assistance. For more information about the Trust, go to About Us.
CHCT Offers Immediate Grants For Maintenance Work
Church maintenance helps avoid church restoration. Modest amounts invested in maintenance now will lead to savings later. The CHCT, with help from the Tanner Trust, announces a scheme which will allow churches to replace slates, attend to gutters and down pipes (also called rainwater goods) and maintain drains.
Next CHCT Event
Cornwall Churches Day
Our annual celebration of
Cornwall’s churches & chapels
Saturday 8th September 2018
Communities Preserving Churches
We are passionate about helping communities to preserve their churches and chapels for future generations; providing advice, support and grants to help them. But to enable us to do this we need the support of our Cornish churches communities.
In 2016 we awarded more than £110,000 in grants to churches and chapels in need,
and helped them raise additional funds from other sources.
However the total project costs applied for in 2016 were over 2.5 million pounds.
To support more projects we need more funds and your community can help. If each of our 250 parishes could fund raise just £100 a year for CHCT we would have an additional £25,000 to offer in support. Now imagine if each parish could raise £200 or even £400. We could double the amount of support we could offer!
So we are asking if alongside your usual fundraising events could you put on one event each year where you donate 50% of the funds you raise at that event to CHCT. Think of it like an insurance policy, helping us to continue support communities in preserving their churches and chapels and keeping us there for when you need that support.
Find out more on our Fundraising Page.
Fundraising events near you
Please support these events
Saturday 8th September
Grampound with Creed have a beating the bounds fundraiser.
Registration 11.00am for an 11.30 start.
Details available from Trudy Eddy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 22nd September
St Martins, Liskeard.
starting at 2.00pm in Westbourne car park, West Street, there is a walk encompassing the sites of the ancient places of worship in Liskeard. The walk will be based on Carole Vivian’s ‘Liskeard Walkabout 1997’ for which a new illustrated edition has been produced. The price of participation will be £7.00 and includes a copy of this new edition. For further information contact; Dr. Tony Piper – email@example.com
Saturday 29th September
from 2pm to 4pm St. Rumon’s church, Ruan Lanihorne are holding a fund raising afternoon for CHCT.
Revd Philip Greenhalgh, has volunteered to play fiddle tunes and sing folk songs accompanied by guitar or English concertina which people will be invited to sponsor. There will also be light refreshments on offer.
Recent Community Fundraising
On the 16th May St Sampson Gollant hosted a talk given by Dr Joanna Mattingly ‘Reading the church’ and raised £90.00
During May St Fimbarrus Fowey held a flower festival and raised £500.
Mouth Hawke with Mithian held a coffee morning raising £60.00
Paul Church, St Pol-de-Leon, raised £125
Church Histories Project
Look at the Church Histories section and explore the map showing those churches and chapels which have contributed to this project so far. You'll find details of who to get in touch with.
We can put you in touch with our historian and archivist if you need help with writing your history, and we can provide photographs if necessary.
National Churches Trust
As a trusted partner of the National Churches Trust, we have access to a number of additional grants for projects as part of the Partnership Grants Programme. The Programme has provided over £1 million in grant funding towards repairs at churches and chapels over the last five years, and can now support some installation of facilities. Applications should be made directly to us by following the application procedure as set out under the Grants tab above.