Marsh Volunteer Award with the Churches Conservation Trust

The Marsh Volunteer Awards with the Churches Conservation Trust recognise individuals or groups of volunteers who go above and beyond in their contributions to their local Friends of the Conservation Trust Groups and their local communities.

The Award recognises one overall winner, who has made a great impact to the work of the Churches Conservation Trust. In 2014/15 this Award was presented as a Fundraiser of the Year Award. The partnership also recognises three regional winners and a Young Volunteer of the Year.

The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk, making up the largest single collection of historic churches in the country. They also protect a small number of inner urban churches with serious repair problems, which need new uses and significant funds to survive.

In 2015, two new Awards were created to recognise a Volunteer Team and a County-wide Volunteer Team

Photo:courtesy of the Churches Conservation Trust

The 2016 winners are Beverley Turner, Astrid Gillespie and Mickey Etches, Beryl Venables, Alan Redmond and Holy Trinity Volunteers, Goodramgate

West Regional Volunteer of the Year – Beverley Turner
Beverley has transformed the Oxfordshire Volunteer Group with her imaginative and innovative use of media has allowed her to assemble a diverse group of supporters and volunteers from local communities who come together to keep the churches open and bring in visitors.

South East Regional Volunteer of the Year – Astrid Gillespie and Mickey Etches
Astrid and Mickey organised the transformation of All Saints Church in East Horndon through volunteers clearing the churchyard and cleaning the interior of the church. They organise regular open days at the church, in spite of antisocial behaviour in the area, taking the time to talk to all visitors and sharing their passion and enthusiasm.

North Regional Volunteer of the Year – Beryl Venables
Beryl has been a CCT volunteer for many years and was instrumental in setting up the Friends group at the Milton Mausoleum in 2015. She is also the CCT’s prime representative in Nottinghamshire, inspecting the 9 CCT churches twice a year to make sure they are in the right condition to welcome visitors.

Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Alan Redmond
Alan shares the responsibility for locking and unlocking Halstead church on a daily basis and organises teas to fundraise for the CCT, made all the more impressive due to the fact that he arranges these events independently, without the support of any wider group of volunteers or a Friends committee.

Volunteer Team of the Year– Holy Trinity Goodramgate Volunteers
The team has ensured that Holy Trinity Goodramgate has been open seven days per week for more than five years, collectively giving over 27,000 hours of their time and welcoming thousands of visitors. The team take on a variety of roles and also lend their expertise and services to other projects and churches.


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