Another Successful Bike Ride!

Congratulations to all the cyclists and walkers who took part in this years sponsored bike ride.

The sun shone, everyone was smiling and we hope you had a brilliant day. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who sat in churches ready to welcome everyone taking part and to offer refreshments as they signed in. It wouldnt be the same without you. 

If you took any photos or have any stories to tell please let us have them via this website. 

Now we just need the sponsor money to be sent to your local organiser and, if your sponsors paid via Just Giving, please will you check that your page mentions the church that you would like half of your money to go to. 

Next years Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride is on Saturday 12th September.  

Welcome to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust

 

 

          

                                                                                            

The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) was founded in 1973 as a result of the growing awareness of the threat to these ancient and historic buildings. A combination of rising repair costs, dwindling congregations and hopelessly inadequate parish or community resources meant that many of the churches were facing redundancy and closure. Since then the Trust has raised and distributed over £4 million to help with the repair and maintenance of these churches. The Trust is non-denominational and churches, chapels and meeting houses are eligible to apply for grants from the Trust.

 

 

Suffolk's Churches

 

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.)

Bedfield church undergoing repairs



Grants

 

Churches, chapels and meeting houses that are used as a public place of worship and are open to the public can apply to the SHCT for financial help for work to the fabric of the church. (To download an application form, go to About SHCT and Resources.)

 

Donations

Donations and legacies help to further the work of the Trust and the Trustees are very grateful to anyone who is able to help in this way, or is willing to organise a fund-raising event. (Click here for more details.)

 

Fund-raising

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 The Annual Suffolk Historic Churches Sponsored Bike Ride

Our biggest fund-raiser started in Suffolk in 1982 but has now spread across the country (many counties now call it "Ride and Stride"). Riders (and walkers) register with the coordinator at their chosen church and the sponsor money they raise is shared equally between that church and the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. The ride is held on the second Saturday in September. (click here for more details).

2009 SHCT Friends Meeting

Friends of SHCT

 


For a minimum donation of £15 (individual), £25 (joint or PCC) and £100 (corporate) you can become a Friend of the Trust, help to protect Suffolk's churches and chapels and be invited to attend special Friends events - such as the Annual Meeting and Supper photographed (right) in 2009. (Click HERE for more details)

 

Contact: 

For more details about the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust please contact our Assistant Secretary, Helen Read, on 01787 883884, by post to Brinkleys, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9RJ, or by sending us a message using our online form here.

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St Marys church, Huntingfield
St Botolph, Iken taken by Simon Knott

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