On Top of the World

by Gerry Lynch last modified 02 Nov, 2015 04:46 PM

Wiltshire parishioner wins visit to The Shard as prize for supporting National Churches Trust and church spires.

Christopher Grant from Urchfont, Wiltshire was the lucky winner of a visit to The Shard in Central London on Thursday 22nd October. The prize was given by the National Churches Trust as part of a free draw to promote the charity’s current appeal, Save Our Spires, which highlights the plight of those church spires across the UK which need repair.

As Christopher is an active parishioner of St Michael and All Angels , Urchfont, he invited his Church Treasurer Mally Kimber to join him and his wife Evelyn on his visit up The Shard.

Being a Wiltshire man, his favourite spire is Salisbury Cathedral, naturally.

Christopher said, "I feel honoured to have won the prize and got the opportunity to go up the UK’s tallest building. I was curious about how many churches I would be able to see from the top!

"The spires of our churches are often the most recognisable landmarks in our towns and villages, especially in rural areas. I believe that if spires fall, our towns and villages will lose their heritage and stature."

Over the last three years, the National Churches Trust has funded repairs to 17 spires in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, investing over £370,000 in their future. Through their Save our Spires appeal, it is seeking to raise another £250,000 to help save church spires. Full details of the appeal can be found at http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/save-our-spires.

The National Churches Trust's aim is "promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK". It provides grants to repair and modernise church buildings, supports projects to enable churches to remain open, works with county Churches Trusts and volunteer bodies, and provides practical advice, support and information. Bishop Nicholas is one of its Trustees and chairs its Grants Committee.

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