'Making Successful Grant Applications'
Wednesday 5th April 2017 09.30 am - 3.30 pm
Haughley Park Barn (near Stowmarket)
A one day seminar for churches planning urgent structural repair work
One hundred and eleven churches and chapels in Suffolk now have alarms fitted to their roofs. Since the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust launched the “Alarms for Churches Appeal”, it has helped treble the number of Suffolk churches with approved alarms. The alarms mean that these churches and chapels are now properly insured if their lead roofs are targeted by thieves.
When the appeal was launched in September 2015, thirty-five Suffolk churches had approved roof alarms and now, thanks to generous donations and grants, the SHCT has helped another seventy-six churches.
“The Appeal has raised £160,000 with donations of all sizes from Suffolk people, and we are especially grateful for the large donations we have received from The Lord Belstead Charitable Trust and from The H B Allen Charitable Trust”, said Martin Favell, Chairman of SHCT, “and we would like to thank everyone who has helped so far. We have already awarded grants to churches totalling £155,000. However, there are still another fifty churches without alarms that we would also like to help, and with organised metal thieves still stripping roofs at churches along the A14 corrider, there is no room for complacency.”
The Trust are also delighted, and very grateful, for other recent sizeable donations including £500 from the D.C.Moncrieff Charitable Trust, £500 from the Sudbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society and a donation of £2,000 from a charity which wishes to remain anonymous.
Some churches, who missed the initial launch, have not applied for a grant, thinking they were too late; however, Martin Favell is anxious that they do not miss out.
“We would liketo help all the remianing churches who do not yet have alarms and, if Suffolk people, who value the historic buildings that are part of their community, continue to support the appeal, we hope to be able to achieve this.”
SHCT is hoping to cover half the cost of each alarm fitted, up to a value of £2,500. This means vulnerable churches and chapels in Suffolk can continue to get the same financial support as those churches which have already been helped.
SHCT are asking churches who still need their help to contact them, and they are also asking the people of Suffolk to help with a donation, however small, either via JustGiving (www.justgiving.com/suffolkhct) or by sending a cheque, paid payable to SHCT, to The Secretary, Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, Brinkleys, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9JR.
LATEST: The East Anglian Daily Times, with the Eastern Daily Press, are offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of the lead thieves. Thank you also to the Bishop, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, and Adnams for contributing to a reward total of £26,000.
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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).
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.