• About Us

    The Trust was set up in 1964 to give a financial helping hand to Christian places of worship throughout Leicester and Leicestershire that are used for regular public worship.  

    It will celebrate its Sixtieth Anniversary in 2024 - please invite us to celebrate at your church!

  • LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust is a non-denominational charity that helps churches, chapels and meeting houses with grants for repairs and improvements, and raises funds for that purpose

    About Us

    Since 1964, we have given more than £1.2million in grants to over 320 churches and chapels in need. In 2023 we awarded £23,250 in grants and we anticipate that we will have £30,000 available for grants in 2024.

    • Breedon on the Hill St Mary & St Hardulph

      Breedon on the Hill St Mary & St Hardulph

    • Castle Donington St Edward King and Martyr

      Castle Donington St Edward King and Martyr

    • Foston, St Bartholomew

      Foston, St Bartholomew

    • Frisby on the Wreake St Thomas of Canterbury

      Frisby on the Wreake St Thomas of Canterbury

    • Oadby, St Peter

      Oadby, St Peter

    • Sileby St Mary

      Sileby St Mary

    The Trust’s major fundraising activity is the annual sponsored Ride+Stride and Church Open Day. Held on the Second Saturday of September every year, half the money raised in sponsorship goes to the Trust and half to the participating churches and chapels. You can join in and raise sponsorship by cycling, walking, or by welcoming people to your church or chapel on the day.

    The Trust also receives donations from individuals, church councils, other charitable trusts and legacies, and raises funds through organising Church Tours and Lectures, Open Gardens and other events.

    Who we are

    We are always seeking new people to help us with our work, both as Trustees and as Officers with particular responsibilities. Please Contact Us if you would like to find out more.

    President and Vice-Presidents

    The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester (President and Trustee)
    The Revd Canon Helen Cameron, Chair of the Methodist Church Northampton District
    The Revd Mark Clay, Regional Minister Team Leader, East Midlands Baptist Association

    Trustees - We have a vacancy for Trustees representing Roman Catholic and Baptist churches and chapels

    • Mrs Janet Arthur MBE  (Chair)
    • Mr Neil Crutchley  (representing Methodist churches and chapels)
    • Mr Mark Dunkley
    • Mr Colin Entwistle
    • The Revd Canon Jeff Hopewell
    • Mr David Knowles DL
    • Mr Joshua Malam  (Treasurer)
    • Mr Robert Sulley
    • Mr Michael Taylor  (Minutes Secretary)
    • Professor Elizabeth Tingle
    • Mrs Jenny Worsfold


    • Treasurer – Mr Joshua Malam
    • Grants Administrator – Mr Robin Stevenson
    • Ride+Stride Co-Ordinator and Social Media – Mr Sean Dudley
    • Ride+Stride Treasurer – Mrs Anne Bloor

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    Keep in touch and find out what's happening at the Trust - which churches and chapels have received grants and what our plans are for Ride + Stride and other exciting events. We'll send a newsletter and Trust updates to your email address.

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