A big congratulations to Riders, Striders, Veteran and Classic Car drivers and volunteers sitting in churches. We did it! Thank you for your help. A huge thank you to all the sponsors too. (The date for your diary for next year is 10th September 2022).
Please also look in the Ride and Stride and Pedal and Drive tabs for full details about this year’s events.
Coronavirus update – October 2021
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).
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’.
THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST
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.
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)