Founded in 1949, we are dedicated to preserving Kent’s churches and helping maintain them in good condition. In the past ten years, through our fund raising Ride & Stride and generous legacies and donations, Kent’s churches have benefited by over £2 million. As a registered charity (207021) we have over 400 individual members and 275 society members. We are pleased that we are supported by our Patrons: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Rochester, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent Viscount De L’Isle and the Lady Kingsdown.
Join the Friends to support the work and enjoy organised visits to churches in summer and lectures in winter. See Join Us page for more information.
Church Visits and Lectures
A key role of the Friends is to foster interest in Kent’s churches. Each year we arrange visits to churches in the summer and lectures in the autumn and spring. We often have a day’s visit typically to a cathedral outside Kent. Details are at News Page.
We also sponsor the annual John Briggs event held in memory of a past supporter which is held at a different church each year and is used as a fund raising activity for that church.
Ride and Stride
The Friends of Kent Churches Sponsored Ride and Stride takes place on the second Saturday in September each year with 740 churches participating. It raises over £130,000 a year for Kent churches. Half the sponsorship money raised goes straight back to the church nominated by participants and half goes to the Friends.
Click the following link to find out more about the Ride & Stride including sponsorship forms and a list of open churches.
An important part of our role is to make grants to churches which need to carry out repairs to their fabric and historical fittings and also towards the facilities to keep them in use. We currently give over £130,000 per year in grants to churches of architectural merit or historic importance in Kent. Find out more information by visiting the Grants page.