* Hidden Stories coach tour

| Sarah Crossland

Hidden Stories coach tour on Monday 10th October 2022

Travelling through the glorious autumnal countryside the tour will visit churches that are the focus of a living testimony to the past and future history of the community. Each church visited has intriguing hidden stories to tell of heritage, culture, people and belief.

Cost £20 per person to include an experienced guide, light refreshments and toilet facilities en route.

Leaving Shrewsbury Abbey at 1pm and returning to Shrewsbury Abbey by 6pm.

* National Church Awards 2022

| Sarah Crossland

The National Churches Trust is really proud to honour churches and the people who care for them through a range of award schemes.

This year, for the first time, we are bringing together all our awards schemes into one nominations process and one event. We have also added new awards to recognise the hard work being done to welcome visitors, and an overall Church of the Year.

* National Churches Tourism Conference on 10th & 11th October 2022

| Anni Holden

It is with deep regret that we have to cancel the Discover Churches Hidden Stories, Open Doors Conference on 10th & 11th October 2022. 

We are very aware that the news will be a blow to all (as it is to us). The challenging, volatile and ever changing times, affecting the economic and social confidence of everyone has impacted on the support of our target audience for the conference. 

Refunds and further information will be sent to delegates who have purchased tickets. 

* Open the Ark (OtA)

| Anni Holden

I always like to be the bearer of good news . This month I can tell you that Opening the Ark, a project for churchyards within the AONB or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is coming to a church near you this summer. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Green Recovery Challenge Fund it’s focussing on 26 specific churchyards and surrounding communities.

* Welcome to Excellence - Online Training opportunity

| Liz Hill

The Discover Churches project is proud to be working with the Welcome to Excellence initiative to provide a number of accredited 'customer focussed' training courses over the next couple of months tailored towards churches and visitors to church buildings.


Welcome to Excellence is the most successful customer service training initiative in the UK with over 400,000 people having participated since the first training course in 1993. 

* Summer 2021 update from Discover Churches

| Liz Hill

We hope you are all keeping well and have been making the most of every opportunity to be able to get out and about again.

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you for all of your fantastic support throughout the various lockdowns and COVID restrictions. This project would not have been able to progress as well as it has without the flexibility and willingness to embrace new technology from everyone involved - THANK YOU.

* ExploreChurches : be a part of our spring and summer campaigns

| Sarah Crossland - Church Tourism Manager, National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust is proud to be a project partner with Discover Churches Herefordshire & Shropshire.

Our aim is to become the national entry point for everyone wanting to visit a historic church, chapel or meeting house. We work with national and regional tourism bodies, and with international tour operators to encourage and enable groups and individuals to explore and discover our amazing churches, chapels and meeting houses.