Grants to Churches and Ride+Stride News from the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust

Grants totalling £11,750 have been awarded to eight churches at the Trust’s grants meeting on 18 May.  Projects to improve community use of the church building have been supported at St Mary’s Barwell, All Saints Narborough, and Glenfield Methodist Church.  And the following churches have received grants for significant fabric repairs: St Michael and All Angels Brooksby, St Peter’s Gaulby, St Andrew’s Great Easton, St Andrew’s Owston and Christ Church Smeeton Westerby.

The funds for these grants come from the Trust’s share of money raised through RIDE+STRIDE 2020 which raised more than £37,900 – an amazing total considering the difficult circumstances, and especially with Leicester suffering continuous lockdown.  The Trustees of the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust are hugely grateful to all area and church organisers, clergy and PCCs who did a great job encouraging local participation, opening a church with a WC where possible, and ensuring that everyone had a safe day out and about in truly beautiful weather.  And a special thanks to all sponsors for their generosity! 

The success of Ride+Stride 2020, together with a generous grant of £5,000 from the Jack Patston Charitable Trust, means that the Trust has at least £30,000 to give in grants this year.   The autumn grants meeting will be on 2 November and to apply for a grant please go to   

Finally, we still have funds available specifically for roof alarm grants – to apply for a roof alarm grant please contact Janet Arthur (details below).

Ride+Stride this year will be on Saturday 11 September and you can register your church now using the form at the bottom of this link:-  

We have brilliant area organisers for N-E, S-E and S-W Leicestershire and wonder if you would like to be area organiser for Leicester or Charnwood or N-W Leicestershire?  If you live in any of those areas and would like to help encourage churches to participate and raise funds through Ride+Stride for the church of their choice and for the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust please contact:-

Janet Arthur – – 07840 543288

Thank you!

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