A total of 18 churches and chapels across the UK will benefit from funding through the latest round of the Wolfson Fabric Repairs Grants Programme.

The grants are the first awards made on behalf of the Wolfson Foundation by the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK. The programme was previously administered by the Cathedral & Church Buildings Division (ChurchCare) of the Church of England.

The aim of the programme is to support the conservation and restoration of places of worship with outstanding historic and architectural significance. Churches can apply for the grants of up to £10,000 to support repairs to the fabric of their buildings such as roof repairs, masonry repairs, rainwaters disposal and drainage and floorwork.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive at the Wolfson Foundation, said:Churches play a central role in the spiritual life of a community but they are also an integral, much loved, part of our cultural heritage. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Churches Trust on this important programme supporting the preservation of these remarkable and wonderful buildings across the UK.”

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: The UK’s historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”

Churches awarded under the Wolfson Fabric Repairs Grants programme this round are:

  • St Michael, LLanfihangel Y Creuddyn
  • St Brandon, Brancepeth
  • St Andrew, Winston
  • St Peter ad Vincula, Ratley
  • All Saints, Loughborough
  • St Benedict, Scrivelsby
  • St Edward King & Martyr, Castle Donnington
  • St Peter, Blaxhall
  • All Saints, Croydon
  • All Saints, Hartest
  • St Pancras Old Church, London St Pancras
  • St Sampson, South Hill
  • Horton All Saints
  • St Giles, Pontefract
  • St Michael and All Angels, Harston
  • St Peter and St Paul, Nether Heyford
  • St Lawrence the Martyr, Abbots Langley
  • St Peter, Willersey


For more information on the Wolfson Fabric Repair Grants Programme, awarded by the National Churches Trust, visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants/wolfson-grants

(Photo: St Michael,  Llanfihangel Y Creuddyn, Wales – RCAHMW Crown Copyright)