Details of our latest Grant – for the Queens Platinum Jubilee

The Jubilee Window at All Saints church, Honington Church, Suffolk

How is your church marking the HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?  A tea party or special service is very good, but what about a longer lasting tribute that benefits the church and the community? 

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) are delighted to announce they are awarding Jubilee Grants totalling £70,000, in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and seek to benefit as many communities in Suffolk as possible.

The grants to churches, chapels and meeting houses, will not exceed £5,000 and will be expected to cover the entire, or bulk, of the costs of the project. They will be awarded for modest work not normally grant aided by the Trust so no structural work will be considered eligible for this project.

“The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust’s Jubilee Awards represent a wonderful opportunity for the Trust to help Suffolk churches, chapels and their communities celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a significant and lasting manner,” said John Devaux, the SHCT Grants Committee Chairman.

Possible suggestions may include, but not exclusively, clocks, monuments, paintings, textiles, books, organs, stained glass and wooden objects and may possibly have a royal connection. The Grants Committee are happy to consider ideas as imaginative and inventive as possible. 

Perhaps an idea may be inspired by earlier Jubilee celebrations like the painting in St Marys Worlingworth, that celebrates the great feast in 1810 for King George III’s Golden Jubilee, the hour strike & quarter chimes added to the church clock in St Peter & St Paul Lavenham to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 or Pippa Blackhall’s imaginative stained glass at All Saints Honington that celebrates our own Queen Elizabeth’s 50th Jubilee.

Projects should benefit the whole community, church members and visitors to the church, have an enduring legacy, and be a fitting tribute to the Queen’s long reign. 

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2022 and the applications will be considered in February 2023.For more details and an application form : The closing date for applications is 31st December 2022 and the applications will be considered in February 2023.

https://shct.org.uk/jubilee-grants-application-for/

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JUBILEE GRANTS TO HONOUR THE QUEEN

How is your church marking the HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?  A tea party or special service is very good, but what about a longer lasting fitting tribute to the Queen’s long reign.

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) are delighted to announce they are awarding Jubilee Grants totalling £70,000,

They are open to churches, chapels and meeting houses in Suffolk and will not exceed £5,000 and be awarded for imaginative and inventive projects not normally grant aided by the Trust. For more details and how to apply go to the Jubilee Grants Tab on the top menu of this website.

Queens Jubilee and Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay

Is the Suffolk Torch Relay coming to your area? Have you got a ‘local hero’ who could ride in the rickshaw and carry the torch?

The Festival of Suffolk is having a Torch Relay, carried on its journey in May by selected community torch bearers riding on a rickshaw. The symbolic torch will tour the county from Fri 13 May 22 to Wed 1 Jun 22 to herald the start of the Festival of Suffolk and the celebrations to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Suggested local heroes will be nominated by their community and it is hoped that all the towns and villages take the opportunity to celebrate and welcome the torch as it transits through their community. The torch begins its journey on the county boundary at Brandon and then passes through 250 towns and villages, a distance of over 550 miles before reaching its final destination at the Suffolk Show in Ipswich. 

Communities across Suffolk are invited to nominate worthy individuals to carry the torch. These could include local heroes or notable characters chosen in recognition for their service to the community. Most torch bearers will sit in the rickshaw and so it is suitable for all ages and all abilities.  Suggestions should be made to parish councils or via www.festivalofsuffolk.org

A small team comprising of the rickshaw driver and a support vehicle will escort the torch throughout its journey. The team will keep the torch on schedule and ensure the safe passage of the torch. Led by the Bury St Edmunds rickshaw team, the rickshaws of Framlingham and Stowmarket will also join in along the route.

There is an official route for Torch Relay https://www.festivalofsuffolk.org/all-events/torch-relay but it may be possible for the Torch to also go to other community events that are planned for the Jubilee celebrations and the Festival of Suffolk. Organisers should send the Festival of Suffolk team their requests via the website. 

The torch is currently being made in Suffolk  and the design is a closely guarded secret at the moment, but will have great symbolism for the county and the Queen. 

Further information on the Torch Relay and other Festival of Suffolk events can be found on the Festival of Suffolk website www.festivalofsuffolk.org