Friends of The Sussex Historic Churches Trust
Interested in churches, architecture, archaeology, building techniques, stone, glass, monuments, woodwork, paintings, liturgy, history? Enjoy learning more about them in the company of like-minded companions?
Then come and join us in the “Friends”.
Formed in 1991 the Friends exist to give support to The Sussex Historic Churches Trust and promote interest in and knowledge of places of worship that are more than 100 years old and open for public worship.
The Trust relies entirely on voluntary efforts in fundraising, careful investment of its capital funds, some legacies and most importantly from the generosity of many people since it has no central funding grants.
In this way, it is able to help give support to the extent of some £70,000 each year, but the amount of grants is entirely dependent entirely upon income raised. As a Friend you can be a supporter of this effort.
Sussex has a fine heritage in religious buildings and, whilst a number of these are large and architecturally important, there are many small but historically valuable churches and buildings, including many of pre-conquest date. Frequently these lie are in small rural parishes where the need is great but the worshippers few.
What we offer
There are three outings in the calendar year to help you discover and explore unfamiliar buildings, re-visit old favourites or learn more about the architecture, use and heritage of places of worship in Sussex – near and far. Our events can include church visits, lectures, fundraising activities and similar events.
In addition, all the members of Friends receive an Autumn Newsletter about the Trust's work, the Annual Report and an Invitation to the AGM.
Become a member of the Friends
If you value this unique heritage and think it worth maintaining, we invite you to become a member of The Sussex Historic Churches Trust. In so doing you will make a valuable contribution towards the work of the trust and through them help in the maintenance and repair of the beautiful religious buildings of Sussex, so that they are handed on intact to future generations just as our ancestors have preserved them over the centuries.
Your contribution is an annual subscription of just £10 for an individual or £15 for a couple.
Your yearly membership fee not only adds to income but if you are a tax payer and choose to gift aid your yearly subscription then you can provide a welcome bonus for the use of the Trust in their work.
Register for an application form by contacting the Hon. Secretary:
Mrs Joy Taylor
01243 783 398
or via our contact form»
Discover Sussex Historic Places of Worship
See the best of our historic churches, have great fun and help us raise money to support their restoration by taking part in Ride & Stride 2018.
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Over 500 historic churches helped to date
The funds raised by SHCT have so far assisted over 500 Sussex places of worship with restoration and repairs.
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Applying for a Grant
Grants for preservation, repair, maintenance and more are available to Sussex places of public worship (all denominations).
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Join FSHCT activities
Learn more about historic places of worship with fellow members.