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

2018
Wednesday 30th May 2018The first activity of the year will be to Rycote Park, near Thame, on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 6:00pm. Rycote is known as The Lost Tudor Mansion, and has the most perfect 15th century chapel: See More The visit will include a talk about the history of the house, a guided tour of the chapel and the opportunity to walk around the lovely park – and will end with tea or coffee; it is estimated that the visit will last about 2 hours. The cost is £15.00 per head for Friends and £20.00 per head for non Friends. Do come – a tour on a summer’s evening is wonderful.
Booking Form (Word)
Booking Form (PDF)
Thursday 14th June 2018 The Summer Reception will be held at Great Hundridge Manor, near Great Missenden, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Charles Mullins.
Tuesday 10th August 2018Our church crawl will take place on Tuesday 10th August starting around 11:00am at Ludgershall. After lunch we will then visit Chilton and Wotton where we should be able to finish with a cup of tea. The crawl is being led by Revd Priscilla Slusar. The application for the crawl is above.
Autumn 2018Our annual lecture will take place in the Autumn and will be given by Julian Hunt, who will base his talk on old Aylesbury, our county town. More details to follow.