Supporting and celebrating our churches and chapels

The Trust helps to fund the repair of churches and chapels in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and part of Barnet and champions their value and enjoyment.

We give grants for conservation, restoration and development, and offer tours, talks and other events.  

Thank you Bikers 'n Hikers

Our annual Bike 'n Hike took place on Saturday 9 September 2023 in sweltering sunshine, but despite the heat, people still hiked and cycled the length and breadth of Beds and Herts to help save our beautiful church buildings.

Many have said how how much they appreciate the warm welcome they receive when visiting the churches. We can't thank our valiant bikers and hikers enough, not to mention sponsors and everyone else who helped make this event such a success.

The final fundraising total will be announced soon - we know we have exceeded 2022's total which is wonderful. 

Bishop of St Albans gardens to open this summer for BHHCT

We are very grateful to the Bishop of St Albans - our Patron, for his continued and generous support. The Bishop opened his two acre garden last year on several Sundays and hosted visits to see the fantastic array of snowdrops - all in aid of the Trust. 

Bishop Alan - who is a keen gardener, will be opening his garden every Sunday from 9 June - 11 August with all proceeds to BHHCT. The garden is an oasis in the centre of St Albans with beautiful vistas and a beautiful succession of plants and flowers of interest throughout the year.  It's well worth a visit.

Entrance : £5 per adult; dogs on leads welcome. There will be plants for sale on some weekends. Please wear suitable footwear and not there is no parking in the lane. 

Address: Abbey Gate House, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans AL3 4HS

Trust News

Download the latest Trust News - Autumn 2023. Friends can choose to receive it digitally. Email Katrina Grant: [email protected]

Our Annual Meeting

Our 2023 Annual Meeting took place at St John's, Cockayne Hatley in East Beds where the Trust helped with the cost of new battlements. followed by a visit to All Saints' Sutton for tea and evensong. Read more on our News page and get the story of a notorious 19thC vicar in Trust News

Nearly 4 million

The Trust has so far awarded nearly £4 million in grants. Donations and legacies are an important way in which people can help save our churches for the future. See more on our Campaign page and Legacy leaflet

Read some great Bike 'n Hike stories here.

Just Giving update

We are sorry, but due to technical issues we are temporarily unable to accept JustGiving donations. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible and apologise for the inconvenience. We welcome donations to our bank for: The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust, Account no: 43234452    Sort Code: 20-05-73

snowdrops in bloom

Visitors to the Bishop's garden enjoyed the beautiful snowdrop display earlier in the year

Annual Report 2022-23

Read our current Annual Report here.

We raise money

Bike ‘n Hike 2022 raised over £91,000. Read how people do it.

Bike 'n Hike
We manage it

Friends and supporters receive newsletters, attend the annual meeting and can join our church tours.

We spend it

We give grants to churches and chapels in the two counties for urgent and essential repairs.

Grants awarded

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We have distributed nearly £4m since the Trust was established, helping congregations and local communities struggling to repair their local church, which could be anything up to a thousand years old.

To make a donation click on the Just Giving logo.

Contact us: [email protected].