Harvey visits ancient North Devon church

NICK Harvey MP joined Crispin Truman, the Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), and local volunteer Mrs Pauline Elworthy to take in 600 years of history when he visited St Peter s Church, Satterleigh, to find out how the work of loc

NICK Harvey MP joined Crispin Truman, the Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), and local volunteer Mrs Pauline Elworthy to take in 600 years of history when he visited St Peter's Church, Satterleigh, to find out how the work of local charity, the Churches Conservation Trust, is helping protect historic churches at risk across the region.

He saw how the conservation work funded by the CCT keeps this simple but beautiful medieval church alive.

The church is set in a windy upland valley above the River Bray ten miles south east of Barnstaple. Mrs Elworthy updated the MP on recent activity in the church including a recent service which attracted more than 30 people to this isolated spot.

The Churches Conservation Trust, cares for 86 historic churches across the South West classified as having exceptional historic, architectural and archaeological significance, but which are no longer required for regular worship.


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The Trust believes the only way to ensure the long term survival and protection of historic churches is to open them up to local communities for everyday use - bring them back into community life for everyone to enjoy. Across the region the Trust's churches uses range from a circus school to a caf� and concert venues.

However, The Churches Conservation Trust, an independent charity, has an annual funding shortfall of �1.5m and urgently needs support and donations to continue its work across the region. This year is the Trust's 40th Birthday and the charity is creating special events and opportunities to encourage local people to support their local historic church. All events are listed at www.visitchurches.org.uk

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Mr Harvey said: 'It is wonderful to see such a beautiful rural building which contains over 500 years of our local history being so well cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust and local people, when it might have been forgotten. The work of the Trust is helping not only to conserve these churches but also providing lovely buildings for public use in our rural communities. As I discovered myself, they also provide for a lovely way of discovering more of our local history and culture.

Crispin Truman said: "We really appreciated Nick Harvey's interest in this lovely church and the time he took to find out about it. It was also a great opportunity for us to thank Mrs Elworthy and her husband who have taken such loving care of this historic building for many years "

To find out more about the Churches Conservation Trust's 40th Birthday Celebrations across the region, visit www.visitchurches.org.uk or the charity direct on [020 7213 0683].

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