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.  

Take the Bike 'n Hike challenge on 14 September

Our annual Bike 'n Hike is on 14 September 2024. Our main fundraiser, the Bike 'n Hike has raised around £100,000 annually for a few years. In 2023, the total was £99,666. While this is a fantastic amount for which the Trust is most grateful, we hope to break that £100,000 barrier in 2024.

It's a vital challenge, because while churches continue to need repairs, building costs have soared. 

Please help us meet the challenge of raising over £100,000. We can do it if we get more people taking part and getting sponsored.

It's a fun day out, visiting beautiful historic churches and half of the sponsor money goes to the local - or nominated church of the person taking part. 

Sponsor forms will be available in June from Church Organisers. All information and paperwork will also be available to download on our Bike 'n Hike page.

 

Bishop of St Albans gardens open this summer for BHHCT

We are very grateful to the Bishop of St Albans - our Patron, for his continued and generous support. 

Bishop Alan who is a keen gardener, is 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 well planned 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 note there is no parking in the lane. 

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

Trust News Spring 2024

Download the latest Trust News, Spring 2024. Friends can choose to receive it digitally. Email Katrina Grant: [email protected]

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.

Raise
We raise money

Bike ‘n Hike 2023 raised over £99,600. Read how people do it.

Bike 'n Hike
Manage
We manage it

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

Membership
Spend
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.

Contact us: [email protected].