Dio­cese of Lich­field

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Churches all over Shrop­shire are be­ing urged to sign up to the or­gan­i­sa­tion spe­cially es­tab­lished to pro­mote their his­toric build­ings to visi­tors and tourists. Shrop­shire Churches Tourism Group (SCTG) has been in ex­is­tence for just six years but has al­ready suc­cess­fully promoted mem­ber churches through its very pop­u­lar printed brochure and its web­site.

“We have more than 100 mem­bers - membership that has in­creased each time we in­vite churches to join - which is re­ally great. We can, how­ever, eas­ily ac­com­mo­date more and want to en­cour­age all our lo­cal churches to take visi­tors se­ri­ously and ex­plain our build­ings to them,” said Chris­tine Tin­ker, chair of the group.

There are about 300 his­toric church build­ings in Shrop­shire, with the ma­jor­ity Angli­can, but also Ro­man Catholic and a Greek Ortho­dox Church just out­side Shrews­bury. The an­cient build­ings, many 900 years old and more, are vis­ited by tourists to the County.

“This is not just about churches: tourism is worth more than £500 mil­lion to the county and our churches play a ma­jor role in that in­dus­try,” she added. “Tourism is also a ma­jor em­ployer and if we can help main­tain that it only adds more value for all of us.”

Churches who would like to join are in­vited to down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion form from www.dis­cov­er­shrop­shirechurches.co.uk .

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