Weardale Storms Threaten Historic Organ

Fierce winds and torrential rain from Boxing Day throughout January 2016 have caused flooding to many houses in Weardale, Co Durham. And HCT's organ at Westgate is now under temporary protective scaffolding due to severe wind damage to the roof of Westgate Methodist Chapel.  In spite of emergency repairs, renewed storms have ripped of slates again and our conservation architect recommends complete replacement of the slate roof covering as the only solution.  The organ by the Durham firm of H.J.Nelson was installed in 1900 and is one of the finest we own.  It is listed Grade II* in the National Pipe Organ Register. If you can help with fundraising please contact us.


St Georges German Church - Round 1 Victory

HCT has won the first round in the fight to save the fragile two-storey St. Georges German Lutheran Church dating from 1763 from a monster neighbour. Tower Hamlets has refused consent as over-development and for its negative impact on the church and the three other listed buildings adjacent. The owner of the site is thought likely to appeal or re-submit another application. With its adjoining schools, St. George's is the last built relic of 'Little Germany' once the largest German speaking community anywhere outside the German lands. HCT's letter of objection is here  The Georgian Group has called for the scheme to be refused, here. The Ancient Monument Society has called the development 'greedy, un-neighbourly overdevelopment' here. Other objections have so far been lodged, including those from the Anglo-German Family Historic Society and the World Monuments Fund.


Umberslade Baptist Church

The Friends of Umberslade Baptist Church have launched a facebook about the site and its history.



Email switchover

HCT encountered intermittent but annoyingly persistent email problems in December 2015 during a switch to the 'Cloud'. If you have sent a message and not received a reply please would you re-send it in case we have not received the original.  We are very sorry for this inconveneince and hope normal service is now resumed.


Weddings at HCT Buildings

Marriages are available at several of our chapels:  Biddlestone, Longworth, Penrose, St George's, Todmorden, Wallasey and Walpole. Religious marriages for same-sex couples are available at Todmorden. For details e-mail transition@hct.org.uk