This AONB contains an unrivalled aggregation of churches of great historic importance. Of the 106 Listed Buildings graded as Grade II* that are found within our area, a large number of them are churches with Early Medieval and Saxon fabric. Our church architecture is nationally important, not to mention the enormous local value - social and spiritual - that these wonderful buildings have for our local communities and for the people who come from further afield to visit them. The irony, considering their national importance, is that these buildings are maintained largely through local efforts. This presents our communities with enormous financial and practical challenges.
The recent budget made things more difficult. Please have a look at the e-petition that is before government at the moment. You can find it at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32229
For more information about this issue, see the Church of England press release. If you feel strongly about this, signing the e-petition is a way of communicating that to government; you can then pass it on to others.