Realising Your Church Event Presentations

In March 2017 in conjunction with the DAC and the parish of Chalgrove we organised a day of shared learning about how (and how not) to manage a major church project with St Mary’s itself as both the venue and the superb exemplar. We had extremely good speakers and attracted enthusiastic participation from the wider… Read more »


Realising Your Church Project – Saturday 18th March

                PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON THE WAITING LIST PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE EVENT HERE Realising your church project – a day of shared learning St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, OX44 7SD… Read more »


Appeal For Volunteers

  We are a volunteer organisation and want to remain that way but to do so we need volunteers. If you value our churches (you don’t need to be an expert), if you have people- and/or office-skills and if you would like to be involved in a notably friendly organisation which spans the county, I… Read more »


OHCT Programme Of Events

Our programme of events for the year came to an end with our ever popular Blenheim Lecture last month. Sir Anthony Seldon showed how a gifted teacher can enliven an important but potentially rather dry theme. He argued that the most effective incumbents at No 10 Downing Street have been those who used the Civil… Read more »


Support Our Roof Alarm Scheme

I have just sent you a letter seeking your support for our new emergency campaign to get alarms fitted to church roofs. This is a major initiative for us. It responds to an urgent need: for example Great Milton emailed me ten days ago. “We had a theft of some of our roof lead last… Read more »


Changes To Our Constitution

The Charity Commission has approved our new constitution. The “Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (2016)” has formally come into existence as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The existing trust will transfer all its assets liabilities and activities to the new CIO at the end of March 2017. The CIO has a new charity number, and we… Read more »


OHCT AGM

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 30th July 2016. Bishop Colin, presided over a lively and substantive meeting. Hugo Brunner then took the chair briefly while the meeting enthusiastically re-elected Bishop Colin as our President for the coming year. Read our minutes here


Thieves, Beware The Voice Of God!

Oxfordshire’s iconic churches are being targeted by thieves. Since the middle of the year  twenty villages have woken to find that lead has been ripped off the roof of their church. The lead is not worth enormous sums but modern technology has made it easy for them to target vulnerable churches – and the damage… Read more »


Stained Glass: The Oxfordshire Legacy

Stained glass is the most extensive surviving monumental manifestation of the English medieval painters’ art. This is often overlooked thanks to the damaged and confused state of some of our medieval windows and the relatively inaccessible height of others, making studying them a particular challenge. It is also the case, however, that this glittering and… Read more »


Medieval Wall Paintings In Oxfordshire Churches

Parish church of St John the Baptist, Hornton It is often hard to believe that five hundred years ago the walls of most parish churches were brightly painted. Sadly most of this art work was lost either during the Reformation when hard-line protestants demolished monasteries and demanded that catholic imagery be destroyed or in later… Read more »


SPAP Faith in Maintenance Course

This is a free one-day Faith in Maintenance course which the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is holding on Friday 10 July at Sullington in Sussex, as part of its annual summer Working Party.

SPAB’s Faith in Maintenance (FiM) courses are for volunteers who look after historic places of worship.  They provide training… Read more »


Oxfordshire’s Best Churches: paperback

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A beautiful new edition of Oxfordshire’s Best Churches will soon be available! Now in paperback, Oxfordshire’s Best Churches explores 116 of the county’s churches, their art and architecture, stonework and woodwork, stained glass and wall paintings – the features for which they are famed and the details that make them sing. The churches are richly… Read more »


Heritage Week Lectures

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All held at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford. Prof Alister McGrath: Science and Christian Belief: Charles Coulson’s Relevance for Today. Prof William Gibson: John Wesley’s Heritage: Aspects of the Life of Samuel Wesley. The Rev’d Prof William Whyte: Sermons in Stone: Church Architecture and Christian Heritage.


An Evening of Celebration at Broughton Castle

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Many OHCT members braved a chilly evening to attend service celebrating 50 years of OHCT at St Mary’s Church in Broughton. The Bishop of Oxford gave an elegant and thought provoking sermon and Bishop Colin of Dorchester also participated in the service. Broughton’s choir ably supported the congregation and then we made our way to… Read more »


50th anniversary ceremony in Dorchester Abbey

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Dorchester Friday 25 April 2014 The Earl and Countess of Wessex delighted members of the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT) by joining them at a service in Dorchester Abbey to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary. “The OHCT works hard to help preserve some of what we believe to be some of the finest buildings in… Read more »


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Abingdon Baptist Church
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Awarded a grant by the OHCT of £15,000 for major internal improvements in 2014/2015

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