Oxfordshire has a rich heritage of churches of all denominations. Many of these date from Saxon and Norman times. Mediaeval work abounds, and there are many important examples of gothic revival building from the nineteenth century. They stand as landmarks in their neighbourhoods and are an important focus of continuity and stability in ever-changing times.
Wonderful though they are, historic buildings are a challenge to maintain – particularly at a time of financial hardship. Our aim is therefore to offer local communities support funding to help. We believe that regular upkeep and maintenance of the fabric of our historic buildings is vital to their preservation as an essential part of our architectural and cultural heritage. Whilst wider use of the church building by the local community can help to share the load and spread the sense of responsibility for its well-being, often additional funds are still needed from other outside sources. The initial involvement from trusts such as the OHCT provides vital encouragement and confidence to church councils and are key factors in keeping these marvellous buildings fit for present purpose and to serve future generations.