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A national auction to save our churches

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Nov, 2019 01:43 PM

There is a great line up of auction prizes available in the new National Churches Trust’s ‘Save our Churches’ online auction, raising funds to help pay for urgent repairs to the nation’s churches.

A national auction to save our churches

Bill Bryson

Tea and cake at a top London restaurant with Bill Bryson OBE, a personal guided tour of the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul in Greenwich with Michael Palin OBE, and joining TV historian and author Bettany Hughes OBE on location are just some of the ‘money-can’t-buy’ lots going under the hammer.

Other items include exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.

A national auction to save our churches- Michael Palin photo by John Swannell

Michael Palin (photo by John Swannell)

Taking part in the National Churches Trust’s online auction is easy. Bidding opened on Monday 4 November 2019 and runs until midday on Friday 22 November 2019. Full details here.

The latest figures from Historic England, published in October, show that there are 913 places of worship on the 2019 ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, up from 911 in 2018. Last year, National Churches Trust grants helped to remove 23 churches from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

The National Churches Trust is the charity supporting places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. In 2018 it provided grants to support 202 repair and maintenance projects at churches and chapels in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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