The Shobdon Church Preservation Trust (SCPT) was been formed by a group of mainly local people. The objective of the Trust is:
The preservation and upkeep of St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Shobdon, a Grade 1 listed building and the education of the public in the history and architecture of the church.
Shobdon Church is listed as a Grade I historic structure and as such it is a significant national architectural and artistic jewel, and an integral part of the community.
The SCPT and local community have been the prime movers in soliciting support, technical expertise and funding. In 2010 the church was added to World Monuments Watch and the resulting media attention increased public awareness of the vulnerable state of the building and the need to stabilise and repair the church. The SCPT along with English Heritage and the World Monument Fund’s Paul Mellon Endowment, raised sufficient funding to to undertake the urgent repairs and the installation of a new roof.
Major repairs have been carried out over the past 12 years and were finally completed in early June 2012. Now, after some £1.25 million of expenditure, the building is at last safe for the foreseeable future… as long as it is properly cared for and used.
The SCPT’s function is to assist the Parish Church Council in looking after the fabric of the building, the cost of which is likely to far exceed the PCC’s own resources.