Diocese of York

Bill Bryson, Vice President of National Churches Trust

Bill Bryson backs Britain’s church buildings

Bill Bryson OBE, best-selling author of books on travel, (including A Walk in the Woods which has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson), the English language and science, has been appointed a Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity.

Bill Bryson said: “It is impossible to overstate the importance of churches to this country...Nothing else in the built environment has the emotional and spiritual resonance, the architectural distinction, the ancient, reassuring solidity of a parish church...To me, they are the physical embodiment of all that is best and most enduring in Britain.”

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said: “Bill Bryson is one of our national treasures, as are the UK’s 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses...Churches are important in so many ways. They inspire us with their beauty, allow us to find spiritual solace and are an indispensable hub for community activities...I’m delighted that Bill Bryson has become a Vice-President of the National Churches Trust and look forward to his support for our work over the coming years.”

The National Churches Trust is the national, independent charity dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. The Trust does this through the provision of grants for repairs and modernisation, support, advice and information and campaigning to highlight the cause of church buildings and the value they provide to communities.