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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2018
Tuesday 14th August 2018Our church crawl will take place on Tuesday 14th 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 below.
Wednesday 14th November 2018Our annual lecture will take place in St. Mary's church, Aylesbury and will be given by Julian Hunt, who will base his talk on old Aylesbury, our county town. The start time is 7.00 for 7.30 pm.
Julian Hunt will trace the history of Aylesbury from a Saxon fortress to a London overspill town. He will explain 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 will also show 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.
Booking Form for both eventsBooking Form (Word format)
Booking Form (PDF format),