Our History

St Helen’s Parish Church is a beautiful 15th Century building located in the historic market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The Church has significant links to the heritage of the town and to the adjacent 15th Century Ashby Castle and is a popular visitor attraction which features in the town’s heritage trail. The site on which St Helen’s stands has been a place of worship since the 11th Century, and visitors are very welcome to join the congregation for any of our services.

The St Helen’s Heritage Project was launched to enable local people and visitors to learn about the heritage of the Church, and its connections with Ashby-de-la-Zouch. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £604,800, funding from the Leicester Diocese and from other sources has allowed us to build a Community Heritage Centre containing interpretation and displays, provide new interpretation in the church and a heritage activity programme to bring our heritage stories to visitors. 

In Spring 2021, St Helen’s Church was awarded a grant of £21,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and re-open its heritage activities in a Covid safe way.
Online heritage activities continued through the pandemic. Actual events are re-starting in a covid safe way. The grant will boost these plans in significant ways, including the following:

  • Additional staff time to prepare both buildings to be used safely
  • Professional fees for local heritage professionals to design and deliver events
  • Equipment and learning materials, plus publicity and promotion costs
  • Training for volunteers to deliver Covid safe events