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 2015 winners are Neil Skelton, Richard Haynes, James Hickingbotham, Harriet Tupper, Bristol St Johns, Herefordshire County Volunteers

This Award recognises three regional winners:

South East - Richard Haynes visits a number of CCT protected churches throughout the year, to meet with volunteers and carry out inspections on the buildings. He has a great deal of knowledge and expertise which he shares freely with others.

West - Neil Skelton is at the forefront of the Friends of St Giles at Imber. He welcomes visitors into the building and promotes the church as a visitor destination, which has encouraged thousands of people to visit the church each year. Neil has developed extensive knowledge about the conservation of the building and has helped engage local groups to support the church.

North - James Hickingbotham voluntarily manages six churches in the East Midlands, liaising with local people and key holders, providing tours to the public, representing the CCT at local events and attending CCT Regional Team Meetings, where he represents other East Midlands volunteers.

Fundraising Volunteer of the Year - Harriet Tupper
Harriet Tupper for organising a Pop-Up Opera at St Margaret of Antioch’s Church in Leigh Delamere, Wiltshire, for two years running. The events sold out both years and have raised a total of £1,000 for the CCT, while the church has been promoted as a cultural and social centre. Harriet has invested a great deal of time, energy and personal funds into making these events a success and promoting the use of church space for the public.

Volunteer Team of the Year - Volunteers at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bristol
This Team of 19 volunteers have enabled the Church to go from being open one day a week to five days, have set up various groups to help with the day-to-day management of the church and offer tours to the public to encourage local people to engage with their church.

County Volunteer Team of the Year - Herefordshire
18 separate nominations were put forward for individuals and groups volunteering in churches across Herefordshire. The volunteers work hard to support the CCT and to engage local communities with their churches, by welcoming visitors into the churches and running heritage events and activities for the public.

Pictured are the winners with their Awards. From top to bottom: Richard Haynes, Neil Skelton, Harriet Tupper and the Bristol St Johns volunteers


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