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 the award of Grants, the Ride and Stride and Finance.

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

PatronClare Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk
Chairman of TrusteesGeoffrey Probert DL
Vice PatronsThe Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Bishop of East Anglia
The Moderator of Churches Together in Suffolk
 Vice PresidentsAlan Barker
Ray Bedwell
Martin Favell
Patrick Grieve
Lady Julia Henniker
Diana Hunt
Clive Paine
Robert Rous DL
Simon Tennent
Roy Tricker
Christina van Melzen
Robert Williams
Mary Wolton
 TrusteesEdward Bland
The Hon Charles Boscawen
John Devaux DL
David Gould
Loudon Greenlees
David King
Mary Luxmoore-Styles
Jamie Norman
Nicholas Pearson OBE
Tony Redman
Simon Ronan
Rachel Sloane
Christopher Spicer
Celia Stephens
 Hon. TreasurerDavid King
 Hon. Education OfficerCelia Stephens
 Hon. Publicity OfficerRachel Sloane
 Hon. SecretaryJill Taylor
 Assistant SecretaryHelen 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;
  • monuments, fittings and fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels in such churches and in 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:

  • furnishings and fittings, 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

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