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The Honourable Jill Ganzoni 1931 to 2022

It is with sadness that we record the death of Jill Ganzoni at the age of 91 years. But it is with deep gratitude we remember Jill’s lifelong commitment to the County in which she was born, lived and died. Without the  vision, influence and generosity back in 1973 of a small group in which Jill played a pivotal role, Suffolk Historic Trust would probably not have come into existence and certainly would not have been able to offer the support it does to the churches and chapels of Suffolk. 

A full appreciation of Jill’s life and work will be published in our Autumn Newsletter.

Jill’s funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Woodbridge on Thursday 12th May at 11.00am


A big congratulations and thank you to Riders, Striders, Veteran and Classic Car drivers and volunteers sitting in churches. We raised a record £205,000! A huge thank you to all the sponsors too. Click here for more details.

(The date for your diary for next year is 10th September 2022).

Taken at St Nicholas church, Denston, Martyn Hollywood was taking part in Pedal & Drive, on Ride and Stride Day 2021 and his co-pilot, Catherine Hollywood, caught this great photo of drivers and cyclists meeting up. She is the winner of the drivers photo competition.

Photo Galleries 2021 can be seen on the pages for Ride and Stride and on Pedal and Drive

Please also look in the Ride and Stride and Pedal and Drive tabs for full details about this year’s events.        

Baylham, St. Peter Photo credit: suffolkchurches.co.uk

Covid-19 update – March 2022

The administration of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust continues to function during the Covid-19 pandemic, and correspondence, emails and telephone calls received at our office in Long Melford will be dealt with as usual.  We are always happy to hear from members and supporters about Trust-related matters.  In particular, we remain open for business for grants applications (details on the Grants tab). The deadline for applications to the April 2022 Grants Committee meeting is 21 March 2022.   

In order to accommodate the restrictions imposed by the government in response to the pandemic, the Trust continues to keep its normal programme of events under review.  We will continue to update our members and supporters on developments.

Our latest Newsletter – Autumn 2021 – is available on the website, under the Latest Newsletters tab.  

Churches and Chapels Chat….

We are continuing to circulate our fortnightly e-newsletter to give our members and supporters a spot of cheer and help us keep in touch, while we can’t meet up and hold events. The Trustees and other supporters are taking it in turn to create an email with links to their favourite church music, buildings, books etc which we hope you will enjoy. Any Trust news will be included too.

If you are a supporter of Suffolk Historic Churches Trust or have become a ‘Friend’ please send us your email contact address, if we don’t have it, so you too can receive our ‘Churches and Chapels Chat’.



Led by the inspiration and determination of the 11th Duke of Grafton and supported by the Hon. Jill Ganzoni, Norman Scarfe (one of Suffolk’s most eminent historians), and Alfred Williams of Haughley Park, the Trust was launched in December 1973.

Since then the Trust has raised and distributed over five million pounds to help with the repair and maintenance of these churches.  The Trust is non-denominational and all churches, chapels and meeting houses are eligible to apply for grants.

The Trust derives its income from membership of its Friends organisation, donations, grants and legacies and in particular from the annual sponsored Ride and Stride, held in September each year.

Suffolk’s Churches

The landscape of Suffolk would look very different without the 500 medieval churches the county can be so proud of.  Then there is the role of non-conformist chapels and meeting houses in our history.  Even non-worshipping members of communities appreciate that it is worth the time and money involved in preserving churches and chapels for future generations.  (For more details of why Suffolk’s religious buildings are important to the local economy, click here)

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