Notes For Editors
- The Friends of Friendless Churches was established in 1957 as a registered charity to save ancient and beautiful churches from demolition and decay.
- The Society was initially founded to campaign for, and grant aid, redundant churches or those facing closure.
- In the 1970’s the Friends amended their Constitution to allow them to go one step further and save threatened churches by taking direct ownership of them.
- They now own nearly 50 Grade II* or Grade I listed churches, including three private chapels and one Non-Conformist chapel, that would otherwise have been demolished, destroyed or inappropriately converted.
- Half of their vestings are in England and half in Wales.
- The Friends of Friendless Churches is a very small charity and works in partnership with the Ancient Monuments Society.
- It relies on donations, subscriptions and bequests to continue its work.
- The Friends also benefit from generous support in Wales (see Special Role in Wales) and receives substantial grants from English Heritage for 4 of its English churches.