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

Tuesday 28th March 2017 The first event of the year was a lunch at Middle Temple followed by a visit to the library and Museum of Freemasonary in Freemason's Hall in Great Queen Street A private tour of the Grand Temple and Vestibule allowed us to view the magnificent Grade 11 listed architecture of the Art Deco building, erected between 1927-32 to honour the Freemasons who died in the First World War.
Friday 7th July 2017 The Summer Reception was held at Penn House; guests were met by Earl Howe and welcomed into the house, the wonderful weather meant that the guests were able to enjoy drinks and delicious canapes not only in the spacious house, but also in the beautiful gardens.
Wednesday 23rd AugustOur annual church crawl took place on 23rd August, once again by led by Roger Evans. We went to Amersham church, and in particular the Drake chapel, Little Chalfont and Little Missenden. The restoration of the wall paintings and installation of new lighting etc at Little Missenden was by no means complete, though the scaffolding had just been taken down. Instead we had the undoubted privilege of having a hard hat tour in groups of four, so it was well worth the visit. Roger has led a number of crawls for us, but this was to be the last; we will always be grateful to him – he is a marvellous guide.
Date in Autumn to be confirmedDetails of our Annual Lecture to be confirmed