Looking at Churches & Medieval Art in the West Midlands

If you are interested in either of these subjects we can recommend these study days with Dr John Hunt BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS, PGCE .

Looking at Churches: The Medieval Parish Church and the Community taking place on 19th Jan 2012 at Hill Close Gardens Warwick.

Medieval art and society : looking at the west midlands taking place December 8th 2011 at Warwickshire County Records Office.

Just Giving

We have now just set up our Just Giving link, just giving is a simple online method of donating to charities and other good causes. Incredibly simple to use all you need is your credit card or pay pal account to transfer funds. Just Giving are also providing a system for donating using texting which attracts no commission, we will be installing this soon.

Newsletter March 2011

Our latest newsletter can now be down loaded from the newsletter section of this site, it gives details of what the trust has been up to over the last year

Included are details of our 2011 AGM - which will be held at St Gregory's Tredington Church on the 23rd May.

Helen McGowan of Divine Inspiration and one of our trustees has organised 'An Ecclesiastical Adventure' with Clive Fewins a 'church detective' to follow on from the AGM.

Tredington Church is one of the Gems in the Coventry Diocese with layers of history that go back to Anglo Saxon times. Clive will explain how to read a church's history from the visual clues seen around the church.

For more information download the newsletter -

Interior and Nave Tredington Church

Church Door with musket ball holes from the Civil War

Facts and Figures about 2010 Ride & Stride

Ride and Stride 2010 – Some interesting fact and figures

Total Amount Raised £15,000 (Provisional)

85% of churches were open in the diocese

Most visited Church: Great Wolford with 31 cyclists followed by Ettington Friends (Quaker) with 30 riders.

Most amount raised by individual Rider : Alec Ross of Stretton on Dunsmore with £1100.00 – see separate story.
Runners up were St Nicolas Warwick and All Saints Ladbroke with Lillington both with £400.00

Most churches visited was Revd Dr Richard Hare , Rector of the Bedworth Team who did 30 churches, followed by Dr John Bennett of Long Compton with 27 churches.

Two dogs were sponsored : Isla, who walked with her masters Derrek and Krystina Allen from Pillerton to Halford. and Ralph who took his master Patrick Godfrey –Young around the Hartshill area.

Largest Party 25 Cyclist from Ettington

Number of Riders : there were 117 riders of which half were had not ridden before.

Many thanks and well done for all those who took part.

We are now looking forward to beating last years effort in 2011


Additional Funding- important news

The WCHCT has entered into a Partnership agreement with The National Churches Trust to assist in identifying churches in need and recommend the allocations of up to £20,000 during 2011.  The maximum any church can be granted is £10,000.  The County Trust will be appointing a Fund Granting Committee to ensure that applications are expedited as they also require sign off by NCT centrally.
There are conditions to applications but this sum of money, taken with the fantastic achievements of our Ride and Striders in raising monies will triple the total sums available for distribution this current year. 

How fantastic is that!

Chairman - Kevin Bond


£1100 raised by one Rider!

Congratulations goes to Alec Ross for raising the most amount of sponsorship on the 2010 Bike Ride.

Alec got his company UK Mail plc to match the amount he raised, enabling him to raise a staggering £1100 for WCHCT. Well done Alec and congratulations!

Below is an extract from Divine Inspiration's October Gatekeeper which describes his day:

“I had a warm welcome at so many churches, as well as tea, coffee, home-made cake and biscuits and squash. Particular mention must go to St Leonard’s, Birdingbury with a choice of four types of biscuit!”
“I met some lovely people on my journey. Especially memorable stops were Bishops Itchington and Hunningham. Less happy to relate were the sorry sights of Radford Semele and All Saints, Leamington Hastings, both shrouded in scaffolding following arson attacks.”
“I occasionally encountered other cyclists, but they were few and far between. Perhaps I chose a less popular route, but it was one that I could highly recommend and would encourage more cyclists to take on the challenge next year. You can see photos of some of the churches I visited
here - most of them feature the bike!”
“In all in was a great day out with a good pub lunch in the White Hart in Ufton, 45 miles of rain-free cycling, 23 churches and £1100 raised for the charity.”

Alec with bike.......


Sir John Owen

It is great sadness that we have to report the sad news of the death of one of our most long standing trustees.

Sir John Owen, who died recently was a central figure in the development of The Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust.  John, who despite a long history at the cutting edge of law, never lost his gentle and humorous disposition which derived from his Christian upbringing and lifelong advocacy for his faith.  John Owen made decisions whilst a High Court Judge which fundamentally affected the rights of people.   Whilst a Trustee of our Trust and a stalwart member of the Ride and Stride Group John was central to the development of Warwickshire rides which do so much to raise cash for the care of our churches; a matter he felt deeply about and was so obvious from his energy in supporting his local church in Idlecote.  Long time Dean of The Arches Sir John understood cannon law as well as any man yet always understood that the key to the future of our churches lay with local people working to maintain their local buildings.  John Owen will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues.

Kevin Bond Chairman WCHCT


The death of Sir John Owen on 9 December 2010, has deprived the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust of an outstanding trustee.  He joined the Trust over a decade ago after a lifetime of distinction in the law, and worked tirelessly for our cause.  As Dean of the Arches he rose to the top of the Anglican ecclesiastical system, and retained a keen interest in church buildings and their parishioners.  Despite his eminence in his profession, he was a man of great modesty; always ready to allow others to express their views before he contributed to discussion; and then helping us reach a sound conclusion with his customary perception, common sense and humour.  Those of us who managed to fight our way through deep snow to his funeral service were moved by the contributions in his memory and felt it wholly appropriate that laughter played such a part in remembering a man of   impressive and varied parts, who was never afraid to take an original and unexpected line if it led to a sensible solution of a problem.  We had learnt to recognise the naughty twinkle in his eye which usually preceded this. 
In addition to being a Trustee, Sir John was a keen member of the Ride & Stride group and used his energies to help us significantly to increase our funds for the repair of our county's churches.
We will miss him, and our sympathy and commiserations are with his wife, Valerie, and the family.   

Will Hawkes and Dr Charles Brown