Following 2015's successful event which raised over £16000 for the Trust it has been decided that Ride+Stride 2016 will take place on Saturday 10th September - more details will be available shortly.
Professor William Whyte, FRHistS, FSA (Professor of Social and Architectural History, University of Oxford) gave an interesting and informative lecture on March 7th entitled " Saving the Church: buildings, battles, and the idea of conservation since 1800" The lecture, held in the imposing Long Gallery of Englefield House was enjoyed by an audience of around 70 members and guests and covered some of the great progress made in conservation as well as the harm done to church architecture.
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Mrs Liz Betteridge
2 Bramber Cottages, Terrace Road North, Binfield,
Bracknell, Berks RG42 5JH ,
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The Work of The Trust
Berkshire has a rich heritage of churches of all denominations. Many of these date from Saxon and Norman times. Mediaeval work abounds, and there are many important examples of gothic revival building from the nineteenth century. They stand as landmarks in their neighbourhoods and are an important focus of continuity/stability in ever-changing times.
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". It also aims 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. However, 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.
Between 1988 and 2012 the Trust has given over £400,000 in 173 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 Mary’s, Aldworth, and to improvements to the heating system at St Mary’s, Fawley.
But Berkshire’s churches need more help:-
If you would like to make a donation to the work of keeping our churches in repair and fit for the needs of the twenty-first century, please contact the secretary at the address below.
To view last year's Annual Report and learn more about the work of the Trust click here
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