Founded in 1964, the OHCT is part of the network of County Trusts affiliated to the National Churches Trust. We are a registered charity, entirely non-denominational and self-supporting. Since inception, we granted approximately £3.5 million to churches in Oxfordshire.
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Chloe Bramwell & Robin Fieth
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Shyni Joseph & Shamshad Osman
Robin Fieth and TRH
Chloe Bramwell, Sue Tyser, Richard Lethbridge and TRH
TRH cutting the cake
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Jeanette Thomas and HRH
Jean Williamson, Vanessa Woodward, Jeanette Thomas and HRH
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HRH and Dennis Blease
Denise Launchbury
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OHCT, Basil Eastwood
HRH and Michael Watkins
HRH The Earl of Wessex

About The OHCT

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.

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Chairman's report 2016

We awarded 39 new grants totalling £197,000

Support the OHCT

Churches are an important part of our heritage. Help us to preserve them for future generations. We welcome any support that you may be able to offer.

Our Churches

There are more than 550 churches in Oxfordshire. Whilst their primary purpose is for worship, they are treasured for architectural beauty and for the connection with national and local history.
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Methodist Chapel
Great Milton

£2,500 for porch extension, wc, kitchen

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Methodist Church
Chinnor

£12,000 for major modernisation

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Friends Meeting House
Adderbury

£3,000 for external repairs

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St Bartholomew
Yarnton

£3,000 for chancel wall and other repairs

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St Thomas of Canterbury
Wroxton

£1,000 for porch roof, timbers, bell tower

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All Saints
Wytham

£500 for retiling of south elevation of nave roof

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St Mary
Wootton, Woodstock

£4,000 for replacement of lighting system

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St Mary Magdalene
Woodstock

£15,000 for major modernisation

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All Saints
Wroxton

£2,000 for installation of wall and under-pew heaters

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All Saints
Woolstone

£1,000 for roof and bellcote, redecoration, heating

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Methodist Church
Woodstock

£7,500 for larger kitchen and meeting room

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St Peter’s
Wolvercote

£3,000 for to update the interior lighting.

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