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..

Ride and Stride 2016

Saturday 10th September, is set for our chief annual fund-raising event, Ride and Stride. More than 350 churches across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will open their doors between 10am & 6pm to welcome walkers and cyclists raising money for the Trust and their favourite churches. Last year’s event raised the record-breaking sum of just under £60,000, including Gift Aid, towards the restoration and repair of our region's historic churches. This year, HIHCT Chairman Lady Appleyard has set a new target of £65,000. Please join us on the day to help us achieve it!

Ride & Stride 2015 - Top Ten Churches

Winchester Cathedral £2880 St Peter, Froxfield £1602
Kings Somborne with Ashley £2320 St Lawrence, Alton £1566
Petersfield URC £2000 St Cross, Winchester £1400
Hatherden with Tangley £1928 St Lawrence, Winchester £1094
St Mary, Buriton £1753 St Peter, Petersfield £1003

Some of the scenes from 2015 Ride & Stride - please send us your photographs for 2016 - 10th Sept

Riders and Striders around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2015


Enthusiastic Volunteers Required see Ride and Stride



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


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The New Forest National Park

We are delighted the New Forest National Park has agreed to help support Ride & Stride. We are very grateful for their cooperation, please see NFNP Leaflet.
Please visit their website - New Forest National Park
They have published three leaflets on churches in the New Forest which can be downloaded here:

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