Surrey Churches Preservation Trust

(registered Charity 1063656)


About the Trust

TheTrust (which is an all volunteer organisation) was set up in 1997 to stimulate interest in Surrey churches (of all Christian denominations) and to make grants for their repair and conservation.

The main source of income is the annual sponsored Ride & Stride. Gifts from individuals (including GiftAid and legacies), corporate bodies, and other charitable trusts are also welcome.

The income is distributed via grants to Surrey churches for repairs. Applications are considered at the Trust meetings in April and Ovctober each year against the criteria outlined in the Grant Application Form.

Restored wall paintings at
Tandridge Church

The Annual Bike Ride and Stride

County Trusts take part in the Annual Bike Ride throughout England and Wales on the second Saturday of September, with the twin aims of raising money and of having a fun day out.

Participants, both cyclists and walkers, ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church visited on that day. They plan their own itinerary with the help of a list of participating churches which will be open (many offer visitors refreshments and an opportunity to look around). Cyclists may be any age, though children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

The County Bike Ride Organiser provides publicity and posters, sponsorship forms and safety aids, with detailed instructions for church organisers and participants. Area Organisers help and co-ordinate the churches within specified parts of the County.

Half of each participant’s sponsorship money goes to the church of their choice; the other half goes to The Surrey Churches Preservation Trust which, in turn, distributes funds to churches applying for grants.

We welcome your ideas and help. If you are able to support the Trust in any way please contact us today. For details of other County trusts please click  www.rideandstrideuk.org

Mickleham Church

The spire being repaired


Not a lot of people know that The Surrey Chuches Preservation Trust is not just about raising funds through the Annual Ride and Stride day. The Trust also promotes interest in Surrey church buildings through Study Days and Church Visits. Although primarily organised for Trust members, places are often available for non-members, and always provide an interesting and informative day out.



Monday 7th April

Grants meeting of Trustees

Monday 9th June Surrey Churches Preservation Trust AGM
Saturday 13th September Ride & Stride Saturday
Monday 6th October

Grants meeting of Trustees

Saturday 18th October

Church crawl for Members & Friends; churches in theeast of the county

Monday 8th December Trustee & Area Organisers review of 2011 Ride & Stride
Monday 6th April 2014 Grants meeting of Trustees