Marsh Young Volunteer Award with the Churches Conservation Trust

The Marsh Young Volunteer Award with the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) recognises an outstanding young volunteer who goes above and beyond what is expected of them in supporting the organisation.

The CCT has many young volunteers who contribute their time, skills and energy to the CCT’s conservation projects as well as to their local communities.

The CCT is a national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Their unique collection of English parish churches include examples of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of history, and are open to millions of visitors each year.

Pictured right: Church of St Mary, Shrewsbury

The 2013 winner is Gemma Edleston

Gemma has volunteered with the Churches Conservation Trust through a variety of roles. She has been heavily involved with the Archway project, helping to ensure its successful completion. The Archway project aims to develop local voluntary support, increase visitor numbers and improve community use in fourteen rural churches in Lincolnshire through the arts.

Gemma is part of the CCT’s National Volunteer Action Group. She has also worked hard to promote the events held by the CCT. She was an essential part of the team which delivered two large skills events at Skildbrooke Church as well as an event at South Somercotes.

Gemma has used her studies of Historic Buildings for the benefit of the CCT. She completed a research project on the First World War grave at Goltho, which was on display during the West Lindsey Open Churches Festival, attracting positive comments from the visitors. Gemma is enthusiastic, good with visitors and popular with the other volunteers. She brings a professional ‘can-do’ attitude to her role and her work with visitors and within the community is outstanding.


Churches Conservation Trust
8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL
Tel: 0845 303 2760
Registered Charity No. 258612



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