Winter Study Day – Saturday 10th February 2018
Thanks to the generosity of Robert Williams and his family we are delighted to invite you to the annual study day.
The programme will be both interesting and thought provoking. Mark Mitchels, the well known local historian and author will speak in the morning on Parson Woodforde, and in the afternoon Tony Redman, chartered building surveyor and Anglican priest, will surprise us!
As usual, the venue will be The Barn at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket. The day will start at 10:30 with coffee. There will be a hot lunch (including a pudding with custard), followed by the afternoon session which will end about 3:00pm. The cost per person is £12. Bookings should be made via the SHCT office in Long Melford.
The results of our bike ride this year show a total of over £140,000 was raised, with more still to come. This is the best year we have had since 2014, and a marvelous outcome for all those who visited churches and chapels on foot or bicycle on that September Saturday.
Many thanks to all who supported this event by manning the churches and so generously sponsoring the participants. Our ancient places of worship need constand work to the fabric to keep them sound and watertight, and the shocking thefts of lead fom the roofs continue to be a cuase for concern.
Whether churchgoers or not, people in Suffolk love and value their heritage of medieval buildings which provide a focal point for so many communities. Support the ride and join us next year. More information can be found here.
Ride and Stride Chairman
Advance notice that our Annual Service will take place on 1 July 2018 at Trinity Methodist Church, Felixstowe, IP11 7AN starting at 11.00am.
Advance notice that our Summer Field Day will take place on the 12th May 2018
As you may remember earlier in the year we reported that Cellist Yalda Davis is endeavouring to play her cello in 439 Medieval country churches across Suffolk to raise funds for the SHCT alongside the Churches Conservation Trust and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Well her journey continues this Winter with this trio of concerts:
Sunday 5th November, 3.30pm. Bradfield St Clare church.
Informal afternoon concert (30 mins); Bach cello suite in C minor. Free entry, donations to church funds.
Sunday 5th November, 6pm. Liston church (near Long Melford).
Performance of Bach cello suite in C minor during Compline. Free entry.
Sunday 17th December, 2.45pm. Hitcham church.
Performance of Handel Trio Sonata for 2 cellos and keyboard before the carol service (3pm). With Will Bass (cello) and John Wilkin (piano).
This video gives a flavour of what to expect:
If you would like Yalda to play in your church you can contact her here
History, Architecture and other Fascinating Facts
by Edward Martin
Demonstration & Have a go at Hand Bell Ringing
led by Dave Ward, Rattlesden Tower Captain
Sat 18th November
in Hitcham Church
To launch the Tower Project including the restoration of the bells
Entry is free but donations to the Tower Project would be appreciated
For more information & to help with the organisation including an interval drink please telephone 01449 741265 with numbers attending.
We are excited to read in the East Anglian Daily Times that Cellist Yalda Davis is endeavouring to play her cello in 439 Medieval country churches across Suffolk to raise funds for the SHCT alongside the Churches Conservation Trust and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. You can read the full EADT article here.
You can also keep up to date with Yalda’s progress here.