Welcome

The Trust was established in 1991 to raise and manage funds to restore and repair churches and chapels in Beds, Herts, and part of Barnet.

Our income comes from subscriptions, donations, fundraising and our annual "Bike 'n Hike" on the second Saturday of September when hundreds of churches in both counties are open for visits by sponsored riders and walkers. See more on the Bike 'n Hike page.

We also distribute grants from the Wixamtree Trust in Bedfordshire. 

Annual Meeting - Saturday 9 July

We welcome Friends and Supporters to our Annual Meeting on Saturday 9 July, at St. Nicholas's Church Norton, Church Lane, Norton SG6 1AH at 2.30 pm. At the meeting we will hear about new developments in the Trust. St Nicholas's is the old parish church dating back to 1110.

After the meeting we will visit St George's Church (pictured below) nearby, for a talk about this modern 20th century church and how it is used for worship.

This will be followed by afternoon tea in the vicarage gardens, and we return to the church for Choral Evensong at 5.00pm. The preacher will be the Archdeacon of St. Albans.

Planning your visit: Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected]

Locations: St. Nicholas's Church Norton, Church Lane, Norton SG6 1AH  St George's Church, Norton Way North, Letchworth, Herts SG6 1BY.

Parking: Limited parking opposite St. Nicholas's Church or park at the Three Horseshoes Pub. Parking is available at St George's Church.

ST George's Church, Norton

Join our next church guided tour

We are very pleased to announce the return of our church tours for 2022 led by very knowledgeable guides. We had an excellent tour of some beautiful Anglo-Saxon and Norman churches in Northampton in June. 

Our next tour:

Saturday 17 September: East Hertfordshire to several churches of historic interest. Ticket £25 includes coach travel from Ware station and afternoon tea. Lunch is bookable on the day. These events are primarily for our Supporters and Friends but if space allows, other guests are most welcome.

 Click here for details and booking form.

Booking information update: Please note the new email address for booking enquiries: [email protected]

Bike 'n Hike 2021 tops £100,000

Once again we have had magnificent support from all who took part in the Bike 'n Hike 2021. Fundraising has now passed £102,000 thanks to supporters, organisers and generous sponsors.

We are looking forward to another great Bike 'n Hike on Saturday 10 September 2022. Join us for a great day out exploring the heritage of our beautiful churches and help us save them for the future.

Find out more on our Bike 'n Hike page. 

Hike Area Organisers Find out more here.

Treasurer needed

We are looking for a new Honorary Treasurer. Click here to find out more

Bike 'n Hike 2022

Save the date! Saturday 10 September
Set up your Justgiving page and find out how to take part

Bike 'n Hike

A grand day out

people visiting the church at Brixworth

Some of our group at All Saints Brixworth, Northamptonshire

We had a wonderful time on our Church Tour in June visiting some of the finest Anglo-Saxon and Norman churches in the country.

Highlights of the visit led by Trustee Bob Sharpe included the magnificent Saxon tower of  All Saints, Earls Barton, Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, one of only 4 round Norman Churches in the country, and the impressive All Saints Brixworth built in the Dark Ages.  

We enjoyed informative talks as well as an excellent pub lunch and afternoon tea.

Tower of All Saints Church Earls Barton

All Saints, Earls Barton - the tower was built around 970AD

Trust News

The latest Trust News- Spring 2022 is now available. 

Almost £4 million

The Trust has awarded nearly £4 million to help repair and restore local churches and chapels thanks to generous donations, subscriptions and legacies.

We welcome legacies as a gift to future generations. Find out more on our Campaign page and our Legacy leaflet

Raise
We raise money

Bike ‘n Hike 2021 raised over £102,000. You can read about some epic cycle trips.

Inspired by Bike 'n Hike
Manage
We manage it

Our friends and supporters receive newsletters, attend the AGM and have the opportunity to visit churches with knowledgeable guides.

Membership
Spend
We spend it

We make grants to churches and chapels in the two counties for urgent and essential repairs. Roof Alarm needed? See our "Apply" Grants page.

Grant Applications

Follow us @BedsHertsHCT

AGM 2022

Our AGM is at
St George's, Norton
on 9 July

We have distributed more than £3m 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.

You can contact us by e-mailing: [email protected].