The Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust, which is non-denominational, was created in July 1953 by the then Bishops of Chester and Stockport.
Since the “rebirth” of the Trust in 1992 it has given assistance to over 280 churches in the area encompassed by the Chester Diocese. In excess of £1,250,000 has been raised and given by way of grants to churches to assist them in a variety of ways. These extend from assistance with general repairs to church buildings, repairs to towers, bell cotes, lych gates, roofs, stained glass windows, organs, memorials and crosses, to mention just a few. Following recent legislation and changes to Health & Safety rules, several of the Trust’s current grants have been to assist with the provision of disabled access and toilet facilities. This has enabled churches to attract a wider audience from the local community and expanded the use of their buildings.Please contact us to see if we can help your church.
Until a few years ago, we administered the WREN grants for Cheshire, but no longer do so. Applicants looking for grants for large projects may apply directly to WREN. Other bodies such as The National Churches Trust, Churchcare, etc., can be accessed via our Links page.
The 2012 Annual Report (containing the Chairman's Report and Annual Accounts) is available from the Downloads page.
Details of the 2014 "Ride & Stride" event are available from the News and Events page.
An explanatory video about "Ride and Stride" is available here.
Recent Successfully Completed ProjectsSt Mary's Church. Astbury; St Paul's Church, Seacombe; Englsea Brook Chapel and Museum; and St Lawrence's Church, Stoak have recently completed major renovations with the help of the HCCPT. Although we ask for before-and-after pictures of projects, many churches are unable to supply them because of technical difficulties, accessibility and health and safety. However, we are grateful to St Paul's for the pictures of their reconstructed spire which you can see here, Englsea Brook Chapel for their neatly contrasting pictures which you can see here, and to St Lawrence's for a splendid set of pictures showing what they have achieved, and you may view them here.The pictures of the repair to St Mary's retaining wall can be viewed in the gallery.
The HCCPT is very pleased to announce that Mr John Ebo has been appointed as advisor for fund-raising activities. He can be contacted at email@example.com
HCCPT JustGiving Donations Web Site
The Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust facilitate the repair, maintenance and preservation of churches and chapels throughout Cheshire.
Please support the Trust by making a single or monthly donation via our JustGiving Donations Web Site. We accept all major credit/debit cards and will automatically add 25% in Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer.