Missionaries in the Midlands

Casts of Christian crosses at the V&A, Missionaries in the Midlands and Wells Cathedral. All set to benefit from Allchurches Trust  

Six towering early Christian crosses in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s famous Cast Courts will be conserved thanks to a grant from Allchurches Trust. The crosses were cast in plaster from ancient stone crosses around the British Isles during the mid-19th century and installed in the Cast Courts along with copies of other architectural and ecclesiastical wonders including, astonishingly, Trajan’s Column.

Allchurches Trust’s grant contributes to the V&A’s project to restore the West Court and Central Gallery, which are due to open in autumn 2018, completing the redevelopment of the magnificent Cast Courts.

The grant is among 11 announced today (20 October, 2017) by Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts. Allchurches Trust’s board meets five times a year and annually gives out more than £13 million to some 1,500 church, charity and community causes.

Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “Allchurches Trust is proud of the range of its grant-giving and the many different ways in which we reach and enhance the lives of people in Britain and Ireland today.

"As a result of our latest funding round, we’ll be supporting nationally important ecclesiastical heritage, charities tackling some of the most difficult social issues of the day, clergy developing leadership skills and local churches making an extraordinary difference in their communities.

"These latest awards show that we welcome inspiring applications from a wide range of organisations promoting Christian principles, our Christian heritage and the good of society.”

Other grants announced today include:

Interserve, Birmingham – Interserve is an international, non-denominational Christian mission organisation which has been serving across South Asia and the Arab world for 160 years. Having purchased St John’s House, a former Anglican convent in Alum Rock, Birmingham in 2016, a phased development of the site, including the 17th Century grade II listed Moat House, will enable the charity to provide facilities and activities to support community cohesion locally. They will also be able to provide safe, affordable accommodation and offices to support people and organisations living and working on projects in the community; training and conference facilities to aid dissemination of good practice across the country and a new home for the admin-hub team which supports Interserve’s national and international work.  

Wells Cathedral - Its beautiful fan vaulting makes the ceiling of Wells Cathedral one of the most famous in the world but heavy rain in 2016 caused lead sheets on the nave roof to slip exposing the original medieval roof timbers and stone ribs beneath. Ensuring the Cathedral is weather tight is a top priority for team at Wells and although this area of the roof is largely unseen by visitors and worshippers it is nevertheless vital as part of the primary building fabric. The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells, said: "Wells Cathedral is enormously grateful for this grant from Allchurches Trust which will allow us to continue our care for this glorious building.  To have the nave roof in good order is, of course, key for us, and this grant is greatly appreciated."

Somerset Churches Trust – Since 2016, Allchurches Trust has been giving grants to help churches install roof alarms and prevent lead theft. Today’s grant to churches in Somerset will bring Allchurches’ total for roof alarms to almost £500,000, protecting some 435 beautiful historic churches across England.

Windsor Leadership Trust – has been delivering leadership development for over 22 years. Its foundations were laid in 1981 when the ‘Windsor Meetings’ were set up with an aim to tackle the big issues in society. A £90,000 grant from Allchurches Trust will establish the Allchurches Trust Bursary Scheme and make it possible for up to 21 aspiring Christian leaders to benefit from its courses alongside leaders from industry, commerce and the public sector.

Bedale and District Methodist Church, nr Ripon – Rather than feel dejected by a merger of three churches into one, this community has been inspired to embark on a major project to join their 19th century church and church hall into one with better access and more room for wider community use. Allchurches Trust is their first successful application and has given a boost to their further efforts.

Allchurches Trust’s funds come from its ownership of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG).


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