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

National Churches Tourism Conference on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October 2022

Location: Shrewsbury Abbey & Shrewsbury United Reformed Church

Put the date in your diary now.

As the HLF church tourism project comes to a close we will be reporting back on how it has worked out for member churches despite Covid! 
Monday afternoon will see 3 possible guided coach trips to two churches in Herefordshire and Shropshire or a guided walk around Shrewsbury town centre churches - five different denominations.

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. 

“Opening the Ark” is something at a church near you

| Anni Holden

I have an invitation for you, an offer you cannot refuse! Caring for God’s Acre has a brand new project and it is coming to a churchyard near you now. Opening the Ark  is based in the South Shropshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and between now and next March is hoping to lure you into a local churchyard to enjoy yourselves whatever your age. It will help you to learn more about the amazing places that are our burial grounds and to take part in one of the many activities planned by the Opening the Ark Team in the 26 chosen places.

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.