About us


WILTSHIRE HAS AN EXTREMELY rich ecclesiastical heritage of more than
500 buildings. The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1954 and in the last five years has assisted around 160 churches and chapels with grants of over £400,000
for fabric repairs and community enhancements. It is a non-denominational body
and is able to assist non-conformist chapels and Roman Catholic churches as well as Anglican churches by funding repair, improvement and reconstruction.

It liaises with the National Churches Trust, and is able to recommend the allocation of NCT funds for essential repairs and enhancements to Wiltshire churches within the NCT Partnership Programme. The grants made by the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust have not historically been large but have provided important encouragement to local congregations working hard to maintain their ecclesiastical heritages. The income of the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust is in the main derived from the annual September sponsored bike ride and walk (the “Ride And Stride”) and the activities of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches and to a lesser extent from donations and legacies.

In 2008 the Friends of Wiltshire Churches was set up to raise awareness of the many beautiful churches and chapels in the county and to seek additional funds for the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. You can support the important work of the Trust by becoming a Friend of Wiltshire Churches.

The Trustees hold two meetings each year. At each meeting, the Trustees decide on grant applications. The Trust appoints Deanery Representatives who report to the Trustees on individual grants and contribute to the Trustees’ decisions on grants at the twice yearly meetings of Trustees and Deanery Representatives. Reports are also received from the Catholic and Free Churches.

The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust is a registered charity (charity number 1075598) and reports annually to the Charity Commission.

The TrusteeS

Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
Rt Rev Michael Hill, Bishop of Bristol
Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury
Venerable Christine Froude, Archdeacon of Malmesbury
Venerable Alan Jeans,  Archdeacon of Sarum
Venerable Dr Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts
Mrs Anne Cooke
Dame Anne Doyle DSG, Roman Catholic Church Representative
Neil Skelton Esq, BEM
Miss Janet Ruddick, Free Church Representative
Michael Hodges, DL
Mrs Judith Hiller, MBE
Brian Woodruffe Esq
His Honour Judge  Mark Everall QC (Chairman)
Ms Judith Enticknap
The Hon Edward Buchan
Martin Knight Esq (Chairman of the Friends) 


Trust Treasurer
Peter Smith Esq

Trust Secretary
Nigel Jackson Esq MBE

Hugh Davies & Co Ltd
35, Chequers Court, Brown Street
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Deanery representatives

Archdeaconry of Sarum
Salisbury – Edward Uren Esq.
Alderbury – Andrew McGrigor Esq
Chalke – Mrs Anne Cooke (Trustee)
Heytesbury – Adrian Bass Esq
Stonehenge – William Hiscocks Esq.

Archdeaconry of Wilts
Devizes – David Evans Esq
Bradford – Ms. Jen Wilson
Calne – Roger Simpkins Esq
Marlborough – Colin Wilkins Esq
Pewsey – Mike Eley Esq

Archdeaconry of Malmesbury
Chippenham – Mrs.Diane Ross-Smith
North Wilts – Colin Coles Esq
Swindon – Paul Gardner Esq