Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust


The Annual Ride and Stride event is going ahead - please check on the status of the County's churches nearer the event
Due to the current pandemic all our future Friends' Events will not take place this year.

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 2019 (click here)

Ride and Stride takes place on Saturday 12th September 2020

Please visit our Ride & Stride pages for more information Ride & Stride

Ride and Stride 2019

On Saturday 14th September 2019 , Ride & Stride took place on a warm and sunny day providing perfect conditions for our annual Ride & Stride event. This event is our principal way of raising money for the restoration of our beautiful historic churches. We are very pleased to be able to report that we considerably exceeded our expectations raising a total of over £70.000. The day is enormous fun for the participants however they take part. One does not have to travel large distances from church to church to experience the warm welcome, often with tempting refreshments, which greets the visitor. Of the 400 churches open throughout Hampshire all are repositories of local and national history, are of architectural interest and contribute enormously to our beautiful landscape.

This years Ride & Stride takes place on 12th Sept 2020, to take part go to Taking Part

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

Notelets HIHCT 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 2019

Nineteen churches received grant offers in 2019 totalling £87,000 from HIHCT funds as well as grants from Hampshire County Council.
Also in 2019 seven churches received £37,500 for work completed in 2019.

For further information on Grants go to:
Grants and Finance

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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