About Us



(Registered Charity No 267047)
The work of the Trust is controlled by a Board of Trustees and there are separate sub-committees for Award of Grants, Investments, the Bike Ride and Fundraising.

The Trust operates from an office in Long Melford, which is manned on a part time basis. The key personalities and Officers of the Trust are listed below.


Patron: Clare Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
President Diana Hunt DL
Chairman of Trustees: Martin Favell
Vice Patrons: The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Bishop of East Anglia
The Moderator of Churches Together in Suffolk
Vice Presidents:
Hester Agate OBE
Alan Barker
Ray Bedwell
Kit Bird
David Dymond
The Hon Jill Ganzoni DL
Lady Henniker
Robert Rous DL
Joy Rowe
Roy Tricker
Christina van Melzen
Mary Wolton
Tim Allen
Edward Bland
The Hon Charles Boscawen
Patrick Grieve
John Devaux DL
David King
Clive Paine
Nicholas Pearson OBE
Geoffrey Probert
Christopher Spicer
Celia Stephens
Simon Tennent
Robert Williams
 Hon. Grants Secretary: Vacant
 Hon. Treasurer:  David King
 Hon. Bike Ride Treasurer:  David Gould
 Hon. Education Officers:  Diana Hunt DL
Geoffrey Probert
 Hon. Publicity Officer:  Rachel Sloane
 Secretary to the Trustees:  Mike Kiely
 Assistant Secretary:  Helen Read


The Charter of the Trust is to provide support for the:

  •  preservation, repair, maintenance, improvement, upkeep, beautification and reconstruction of churches and chapels in the County of Suffolk
  • and of monuments, fittings and fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels in such churches and of the churchyard belonging to any such church.

In practice, because of the limitation of resources, the Trustees have decided that the priority is to preserve the fabric of the churches and therefore the Trust does not normally contribute towards:

  • electrical work, furnishings and fittings, churchyard walls, brasses and bells, monuments or redecoration, unless needed as part of an eligible project.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for a grant, please click here