The Royal County of Berkshire Churches Trust was set up in 1984. Its objective is to raise funds to help with the cost of repairs to the fabric of Christian churches in Berkshire of any denomination belonging to or associated with “Churches together in England”.
Our aim is to encourage churches to make use of their buildings for the benefit of the community at large if this can be achieved without compromising the architectural quality of the church. As its funds are small it can only grant aid works other than to the fabric of the worship area if they are of some architectural or historical importance.
The Trust is supported entirely by voluntary subscriptions, donations and legacies. The more money it receives, the more help it can give.
Between 1988 and 2016 the Trust has given nearly £500,000 in over 200 separate grants, varying between £200 and £10,000.
In recent years it has supported repairs to the roof at St Michael’s, Tilehurst, to the spire at St Mary’s, Aldermaston, to stonework at St Andrew’s, Boxford, to windows at St Mary’s, Aldworth, and to improvements to the heating system at St Mary’s, Fawley.
A message from our Joint President, the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Rev Andrew Proud
Wherever you go in Berkshire, on hilltops, nestling in the folds of hills, or on the bends in rivers, you will find a beautiful, historic church, waiting to be discovered. Without the Berkshire Churches Trust, we would struggle to maintain and restore these hidden gems and I and many of our parishes are deeply grateful to them for their support encouragement and help. Please help us keep our churches open, not only today, but for our grandchildren’s children, too.
+ Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading