Counting church visitor numbers goes digital

Do churches know the number of visitors that pass through their doors? On 4 October 2019, the National Churches Trust launched the Great Church Visitor Count, a research project which will see 40 digital counters installed at parish churches and chapels in England and Wales. Unlike cathedrals, museums and historic houses, there is no reliable […]

The Royal Saxon Way

Recently established, the Royal Saxon Way is a 36 mile route across the grain of the North Downs from Folkestone to Minster-in-Thanet via Lyminge. It links 16 historic parish churches, many with Anglo-Saxon origins, and celebrating powerful Anglo-Saxon royal women.  Uniquely, there are relics of the original saints at either end: St Eanswythe (Ethelburga’s niece) […]

Turning Tourists into Visitors and Visitors into Pilgrims

Thanks to a collaboration between the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals, this initiative to mark 2020 Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage, will ensure there is a pilgrimage route for every Church of England cathedral taking in established wayfarer routes, other places of faith, spiritual pathways and lesser known pilgrim ways. 2020 […]

All change at Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum

  The site of the largest collection of Primitive Methodist memorabilia and artefacts has opened a new museum store, which gives visitors potential access to more than 5,000 items that were previously stored offsite. The Museum of Primitive Methodism is in the Hugh Bourne Memorial School, which was buiIt in 1914.  It tells the story […]

Cathedral Visitors up by 1 million

England’s cathedrals have witnessed their highest Easter congregation numbers in recent years, while visitor numbers increased by a million on the previous year, statistics published last month show. Cathedrals reported nearly ten million visitors in 2018, an increase of over 10 per cent on the previous year. There were additionally over a million visitors to […]

CVTA November 2019 Newsletter

This Newsletter has four sections:  a summary of the recent October Walkabout, Symposium and AGM in Manchester;   a word about consultancies;  the initial stages of the rolling out of an Enquiry project across all the Anglican Dioceses of this country;  a note from the presentation of the Rector of St. Thomas-a-Becket, Salisbury at the September […]

‘Why we…?’ Six leaflets that explain the different elements of Anglican worship

These leaflets were written* to explain to visitors (and regulars) what is going on in worship and why people do certain things like cross themselves and genuflect. Within the Anglican church there are many different traditions which can lead to misunderstandings. They cover six topics: Making the sign of the cross sign of the cross Genuflecting and […]

CVTA September 2019 Newsletter

Read the new CVTA NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2019 . Find out more about the forthcoming CVTA Conference in Manchester and read about Shropshire’s Mayflower Children and the fascinating story, visitors to the parish church of St James, Shipton, near Much Wenlock, in deepest rural Shropshire  will discover. A plaque tells of the four young children of Katharine More who […]

Launch of the Virtuous Circles 2 Resilient Heritage Lottery Project (Sustainable Tourism for Sustainable Churches) on 5 November 2019 at Leominster Priory

Launch of the Virtuous Circles 2 Resilient Heritage Lottery Project (Sustainable Tourism for Sustainable Churches) on 5 November 2019 at Leominster Priory You are invited to the launch of this new initiative. Launch Invite Funded through National HLF Resilient Heritage the prime focus of this innovative church tourism-based project is to create, across the counties of Herefordshire and Shropshire, […]