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..


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Ride and Stride 2013 our Silver Jubilee Year

Many thanks to all our Ride and Stride Churches, Participants and Sponsors

The 2013 sponsored Ride and Stride on Saturday 14th September marked our Silver Jubilee and raised a sum of more than £53,000, an increase of almost £1,600 on 2012 despite the economic climate - a fantastic result. Some 400 churches across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight opened their doors for the event welcoming cyclists, walkers, horseback riders, motorists and disability scooter users. Since HIHCT was formed in 1988, Riders and Striders have raised a staggering £1 million towards the upkeep of the region's historic churches. Fifty per cent of that money has gone to the church of the Participant's choice; the other 50%, plus Gift Aid, has gone to HIHCT for allocation in much-needed grants and loans to churches of all denominations.

Among those taking part this year was the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Basingstoke, who set out by bike with his wife Jane to visit 14 churches in the Alresford deanery. Elsewhere in the region, HIHCT chairman Lady Appleyard walked with her dog Charlie, North West Hants MP Sir George Young visited village churches in his Andover constituency and the Dean of Winchester greeted a group of Riders & Striders at the Cathedral.

Ride & Stride 2013 - Top Ten Churches

Winchester Cathedral £2716 St John the Baptist, Shedfield £1020
Hatherden with Tangley £2117 St Peter, Froxfield £1000
Somborne with Ashley £1701 Whitchurch with Tufton £1000
Petersfield URC £1660 St Lawrence with St Swithun Winchester £972
St Mary, Buriton £1234 St Cross Winchester £884

In recognition of our Silver Jubilee year, we were delighted to have the support of WIGHTLINK Ferries, who offered preferential travel rates to Riders and Striders heading to the Isle of Wight for the day. These included HIHCT's Grants Secretary Meryl Balchin who with her husband Chris cycled some 35 miles in all to visit 20 of the Island's churches.

     Hatherden & Tangley Petersfield Treasure Hunt Itchen Abbas

National Churches Trust celebrate 60th Anniversary

To mark their 60th anniversary, they asked 60 leading public figures to choose their favourite church. Discover their favourites and nominate your own at UK's favourite churches

The National Churches Trust also ran a competition to find the UK’s Best Modern Churches. The winning entry was St Paul’s Church, Bow Common in the East End of London. There is a short film which gives you an introduction to the building. 
Please visit the dedicated website : Best Modern Church

The New Forest National Park

We are delighted the New Forest National Park has agreed to help support Ride & Stride in 2014. They have also added our logo and a link to this website.
Please visit their website  and download leaflets of churches within the New Forest - New Forest National Park
They mentioned us in a recent Press Release with grants we have given to New Forest churches.
We are very grateful for their cooperation.

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