At the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust we hold five events every year, some of which are major fundraising occasions.

Cornwall Churches Day - all welcome!

Our annual major fundraising event is Cornwall Churches Day which is held on the second Saturday of  September. It is part of the nationwide initiative Ride and Stride, which is organised by the National Churches Trust. Ride and Stride is a national sponsored walk or cycle which encourages people to visit different churches in their area en route. You can find out more from the national Ride & Stride website.

To accompany the Ride & Stride we encourage individual communities to hold fundraising events at their own churches. All funds raised are divided equally between your church and the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust. We call this annual event Cornwall Churches Day to reflect the numerous possible ways to raise funds; parishes have held sponsored walks, garden safaris, coffee mornings, quizzes, music workshops, church tidies and church yard clearances to name a few. These events can be a lot of fun for all involved and are a great way of getting the wider community involved with your fundraising.

Read more about how your church can benefit from getting involved here.

Friends only events

Become a Friend of CHCT and you will be invited to our four special Friends only events: the Annual Lunch, the Annual Meeting, the Annual Cornish Churche's Visit, and the Champagne Christmas Party.

You can read more about some of our recent Friend's events here on the Friends page.

Next Event

Not yet a Friend?

For just £20 a year individual membership or £30 a year for two adults at the same address

Would you like to play an active role in supporting the Trust? If so, become a Friend of Cornish Churches.

Details of how to become a Friend are on the form which you can download from the link below. If you have any queries, send an email to

2017 membership application

Also, see our Friends page.

Fundraising ideas

  • have a go at bell ringing
  • climb the church tower
  • children’s activities
    e.g. I-Spy trails & teddy bear’s picnics
  • quiz the vicar
  • coffee morning & cake sales
  • worm charming in the churchyard!
  • guided nature walk
  • history talks & guided tours

There are more wonderful ideas that have been successful at other churches here on
the Church Times website.

What can your church do?

St Mellion Benefice organised a tour of churches including the tiny St Indract's chapel at Halton Quay. Built originally as an office for the export of fruit and vegetables and the import of coal, it was only dedicated as a place of worship in 1959.

Drive About Trails

Our annual Drive About is the brain child of Carole Vivian of Pelynt; each year she organises a drive about, starting from her home village and encompassing 3 or 4 churches. She writes about the history of the buildings and features to look out for and directs you from one church to another with suggestions for good places to stop for lunch en route.

Trails from previous years are available for a donation of £5.

Find out more here.

Donations and Bequests

We are always grateful when people choose to support the trust by donation or leaving a bequest in their will.

If you would like to make a donation to the trust and you are a UK tax payer, the government will increase your donation by 20% by adding Gift Aid. If you would like to do this you can download a gift aid form here.

Alternatively you can make a donation via our Just Giving page, and they will automatically apply the gift aid if your donation is eligible.

How your support helps

Churches of any denomination are able to apply for grants of up to £5000 to help with costs of restoration & repair. You can find out more by visiting our Grants page.

Previous grants have included:

  • £1000 to St James Church in Jacobstow to restore two alter paintings
  • £3500 to St John & Petroc Church in Devoran for repairs to the tower and gables
  • £3000 to Christ Church in Lanner towards a new roof
  • £500 to Perranporth Methodist Church to clean and overhaul the chapel organ
  • £4250 to Paul Church for extensive repairs to the memorial window

The full list of  Previous Grants Awarded can be found here.