SALUTE FOR VITAL CHURCH CONSERVATION WORK
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SALUTE FOR VITAL CHURCH CONSERVATION WORK

The work of a body devoted to conserving historic churches has been highlighted by local MP Peter Luff.
Peter was commenting after visiting two of the eight churches in Worcestershire cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year.

Last week, Peter visited All Saints at Spetchley and St Michael at Churchill. He met local representatives of the trust and local volunteers who care for the churches.

Commenting, Peter said,

“I have three trust churches in my constituency – the other is St Lawrence in Evesham. They are all beautiful buildings which speak to us of the hopes and lives of previous generations. The English parish church is as much a part of the English landscape and town scene as any natural feature and we must treasure these priceless reminders of our history and heritage.

“The Churches Conservation trust has had its central funding from the government and the Church of England frozen for eight years now - and the burden of caring for these churches grows all the time. Indeed, I expect to see many more churches pass into their care over the next few years. I would urge anyone who cares about our history to support the work of the trust – and to visit the local churches.

The Churches Conservation Trust cares for over 340 of England’s finest historic churches which are no longer required for regular parish worship. It is the largest single collection of historic churches in the country ranging from the virtually untouched medieval in idyllic rural settings to ornately impressive. Apart form the three churches in Peter’s Mid Worcestershire constituency, the Trust also cares for a further five churches in Worcestershire, including St Swithun in Worcester and St Mary Magdalene at Croome Park.

The 1968 Church of England law which set up the Trust allows for churches which have been made redundant by the Church of England, for which the diocese has been unable to find any alternative use and which are of exceptional historic, architectural or archaeological significance, to be ‘vested’ in the Trust by the Church Commissioners.

You can learn more about the work of the Trust and how to help it at www.visitchurches.org.uk.

ENDS

Photograph shows (left to right) Sheila Stone, regional manger of the Trust, Joan Baker and Juliet Berkeley, volunteers and Peter Luff at All Saints, Spetchley


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