Friends

Become a Friend and support the work of the Trust!

The Friends of Buckinghamshire’s Historic Churches is, in effect, the support group of the Trust. We aim –

  • to raise awareness of Buckinghamshire’s Historic Churches Trust
  • to involve more people in its activities,and
  • to raise funds for the Trust.

We achieve this by organising regular events and newsletters for Friends. Money raised from subscriptions and events, apart from administrative expenses, goes annually to the Trust – in the last two years we have been able to give the Trust more than £10,000 – the equivalent of three or four grants to places of worship in Buckinghamshire. The Friends are run by a small committee consisting of an Hon Chairman, who is a trustee, an Hon Secretary and an Hon Treasurer, all of whom are appointed by the Trust, and at least one other member appointed by the committee.

By becoming a Friend of Buckinghamshire’s Historic Churches –

– you will help to support the work of the Trust and make a real contribution to raising awareness of the Trust’s work;

– you will receive a priority booking applica­tion form for the annual reception, usually held in an historic house in Buckingham­shire. The applications for this are generally well oversubscribed and so as a Friend you will improve your chances of getting a ticket;

– you will be invited to visit a number of Churches and Chapels with a specialist – guide: in recent years we have visited churches and chapels in the north and south of the county, and arranged a rare visit to the Bedford Chapel at Chenies;

– you will be invited to attend the annual lecture: past topics have included favourite churches in Bucks, a review of chapels in Bucks, and specific topics such as bell ringing, stained glass or brass monuments;

– you will be invited to visit interesting buildings not always readily accessible – in the past two years we have visited Oxford College Chapels and the College of Arms in London;

– you will receive a copy of the Trust’s Annual Report.

Details of all Friends’ events are circulated to members and can be found on this website.

The suggested minimum annual cost of be­coming a Friend of Buckinghamshire’s Historic Churches is only £20.00 for one person or £30.00 for two people at the same address but if you were able to give more this would be greatly appreciated. Details of Life Membership are available from the Hon Treasurer whose details are on the form.

If you would like to join, please complete your contact details on the application form. To reduce administration costs please complete the standing order instruction; otherwise send a cheque payable to: Friends of Buckinghamshire’s Churches.

Chenies

Chenies


Stewkley

Stewkley


Ivinghoe

Ivinghoe


Soulbury

Soulbury

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EventWhenDetails
Church CrawlThursday 11th April 2019 The crawl, with Michael Hardy leading , was well attended and we visited three very different churches. First All Saints church at Little Kimble, with its 14th century scheme of wall paintings. After a pub lunch we visited St. Dunstan’s in Monks Risborough (14th and 15th century, restored by GE Street in the mid 19th century), and then finally St. Teresa of the Child Jesus in Princes Risborough, the imposing Catholic church built in 1937-8.
Summer ReceptionThursday 4th July 2019The Summer Reception this year was held at Liscombe House by kind permission of Alex and Jane Bonsor.
Annual LectureTuesday 3rd September 2019Our annual lecture was given on the evening of Tuesday 3rd September by our Chairman, Marilynne Morgan, who talked about the Rev Thomas Scott (1747 – 1821), known as The Commentator, who was Rector at Aston Sandford 1801-1820; his grandson was the architect Sir Gilbert Scott, who some 140 years ago influenced the restoration of Aston Sandford Church undertaken in Thomas Scott’s memory. We met up for drinks at the Old Tithe barn at The Old Rectory, Aston Sandford (by kind permission of the Hon Laura Macpherson).
Visit to Lambeth PalaceFriday 15th November 2019This visit was well over subscribed when we visited Lambeth Palace which is the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, his family and two religious communities. It is the centre of his ministry, worship and hospitality. We were shown the rooms and chapels and gardens of Lambeth Palace, and heard about the history of the Archbishops of Canterbury.

2018
Tuesday 14th August 2018Our church crawl took place on Tuesday 14th August starting around 11:00am at Ludgershall. After lunch we will then visit Chilton and Wotton where we finished with a cup of tea. The crawl was led by Revd Priscilla Slusar.
Wednesday 14th November 2018Our annual lecture was held in St. Mary's church, Aylesbury and was given by Julian Hunt, who based his talk on old Aylesbury, our county town. Julian Hunt traced the history of Aylesbury from a Saxon fortress to a London overspill town. He explained how Aylesbury's natural position at the centre of the rich Vale of Aylesbury and the crossing point of many main roads enabled it to overtake Buckingham as the county town. He showed how a traditional market town accepted the help of London's planners to become a thriving and expanding 21st century community.

Julian Hunt was born in 1949 at Romsley, Worcestershire. He was a local studies librarian in Oldham, Lancashire, and, more recently at Aylesbury, where he established the Centre for Bucks Studies. He has written numerous histories of Buckinghamshire market towns, including A History of Amersham (2001) A History of Gerrards Cross (2006) and Beaconsfield, a History (2009), and was the editor of Buckinghamshire's Favourite Churches in 2007.