Support the Friends of Holnest Church when shopping online

The Friends of Holnest Church have recently signed up to easyfundraising, which means you can now shop online with over 2,700 retailers and a percentage of what you spend is donated to us at no additional cost to you. Participating retailers include Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Debenhams, and many more.

All you need to do is visit our page at and follow the simple steps to create an account. You can apply Gift Aid to your donations by completing the details in your account settings – and it’s always worth installing the ‘Donation Reminder’ when prompted, as this will notify you every time a donation is available. Click to active the donation when reminded and the rest is done for you.

You can even earn a £1 bonus donation every time you invite a friend to join our cause. Just click ‘Earn extra donations’ on the toolbar in your account and scroll down to get the unique referral link. For those who use search engines like Google and Bing, switch to using and raise additional donations for us every time you search the internet.

Thank you for your support!


Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood welcomed as new Patron

In the lead up to our launch evening on Saturday 15th October, we are proud to welcome historian and author, Adrian Tinniswood OBE, as our new Patron.

adrian-tinniswoodBorn in Derbyshire in 1954, Adrian’s career has combined work with heritage institutions such as the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund with lecturing for English and American universities, including Bristol, Oxford, Nebraska-Lincoln and UC Berkeley. He is well-known as an author, lecturer and broadcaster in both Britain and America.

An elected member of the National Trust Council and a member of the Trust’s Learning Panel and South West Regional Advisory Board, Adrian also serves on the boards of the Bath Preservation Trust, the Holburne Museum and the Bishop’s Palace, Wells. He is a Senior Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage at Bath Spa University, and in the 2013 Birthday Honours was awarded an OBE for services to heritage. He lives in a quiet village outside Bath with his wife Helen and a comfort of cats.

The author of fourteen books on architectural and social history, his works include His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher WrenThe Verneys (short-listed for the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction) and The Polite Tourist: Four Centuries of Country House Visiting. His latest book, The Long Weekend: The Country House Between the Wars, was published by Jonathan Cape in March 2016.

The Friends would like to extend a warm welcome to Adrian, who will no doubt bring a great deal of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to the role.