Sponsored Bike Ride 2014

We have launched the 2014 SHCT Bike Ride at St Michael's church, Beccles!

Television presenter Susie Fowler-Watt got on a bike for us to help to encourage riders and walkers to start collecting sponsors and planning their route. Also at St Michael's were Patrick Grieve, Bike Ride Chairman and local cyclists including John Buchanan, the local area organsiser and Mark Bee, Leader of Suffolk County Council. 

Have you booked the date in your diary? The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Annual Sponsored Bike Ride is on Saturday 13th September and is our biggest fundraiser. You choose your route and how many churches you visit on your ride, and the volunteers at each church will sign your sponsor form and welcome you with refreshments!  Our Area Organisers will have sponsor forms and the list of open churches available in the next week or so. Collect them from your local church or contact the SHCT. 

You can also collect your sponsorship via JustGiving. We offered this service two years ago for the first time and it has been popular with riders and sponsors - who have been even more generous with their donations, collected in this way. Just remember to note on your JustGiving Page which church or chapel you would like 50% of your money to go to... and we will do the rest.  

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



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 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.)




 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)



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.

To donate or raise money for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, find us on JustGiving
Thornham Parva taken by Simon Knott
Levington church

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Forthcoming events

Sponsored Cycle Ride
September 13, 2014 (09:00 - 17:00)
(SHCT Events)
Annual Meeting of Friends 2014
September 29, 2014 (18:30 - 21:30)
(SHCT Events)
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