Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust

This is a non-denominational charity which raises funds towards the upkeep of some 900 historic church buildings dating from the 8th to the 20th century. Since 1988, HIHCT has provided grants and loans in excess of 540,000 to help repair, restore and maintain churches, their contents and churchyards. More than 300 churches, chapels and meeting houses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have benefited.
Whether you wish to apply for a grant, take part in Ride and Stride, or just find out more about the wonderful church buildings in the region, we hope this site will help you. Please visit our Picture Gallery to view some of the churches we have helped. The Trust's Annual Report and Newsletter 2016 (click here)

Ride and Stride 2017

On Saturday 9th September 2017 , Ride & Stride took place on a day of mixed weather with bright skies and thunderstorms! This did not deter our walkers and cyclists and so far the total raised is over £60,000 including gift aid, a record. We are particularly grateful to our Area Coordinators and Church Representatives who encourage people to participate, raise sponsorship and meet and greet at the churches.
This years Ride & Stride takes place on 8th Sept 2018, to take part go to Taking Part

Volunteers Required as Area Coordinators for the Alresford and Eastleigh/Southampton areas. See Ride and Stride
HIHCT notelets
by Caroline Hervey-Bathurst

Notelets King's Somborne Church
Romsey Abbey
£3.00 per pack of six

You can email your order for notelets to obtain P&P costs or to arrange collection


Grants in 2017

Sixteen churches received grants in 2017 totalling £77,500 from HIHCT funds as well as grants from Hampshire County Council and the National Churches Trust (Partnership Grants).
Also in 2017 six churches were offered £35,000 in grants for future work.

The following churches were helped, click on the image for more photographs:

St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, Winchester

Grade 1, 13c
Grants totalling £6,000 for roof works


St Margaret of Antioch, Wellow

Grade 1, 13c
Grants totalling 7,000 for extensive tower works

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton

Grade 1, 12c
Grants toalling £2,000 for tower and clock refurbishment

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