Bike Ride 2015 is launched!

Two of Suffolk's editors have accepted the challenge to take part in this year's Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) Bike Ride, which will be held on Saturday, 12th September.

The ride was launched with a photo call at The Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD on Friday, 3rd July. Attending, with their bikes, were Terry Hunt, the editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, and Peter Cook, the editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, along with the Bike Ride Chairman, Patrick Grieve. 

Thousands of cyclists of all ages will take part in the annual Bike Ride, and will be planning their routes and signing up sponsors from now until Bike Ride day. Sponsor forms are now available in Suffolk churches or from SHCT, and participants can choose which local church will receive half of their sponsor money. The remainder goes to SHCT to be given out as grants for essential repairs. Riders can also collect sponsorship via Just Giving.

"I have done the SHCT Bike Ride only once before – and that was 30 years ago," admitted Terry Hunt. "Frankly, it's a shameful record, and one I'm determined to put right. I have no excuses – I have a decent bike and have been putting in some road miles. What better way is there to raise money for such an important cause? I'm really looking forward to it.''

"I'm delighted to be taking part in the Bike Ride." added Peter Cook. "It'll be family day out, cycling around the lanes of south Suffolk, visiting some amazing churches and raising money at the same time."

The annual Ride, which began in Suffolk but has now spread across England, appeals to families, local history lovers, keen cyclists, church supporters and those who just enjoy an annual ride around the villages and towns of Suffolk.

Those who prefer can walk around their chosen route and disability scooters are also welcome.

"The Sponsored Bike Ride, which takes place on Saturday, 12th September, is a marvellous opportunity for all the family to be out on the roads and lanes of Suffolk discovering the delights of the countryside, getting good exercise and supporting our ancient churches and chapels with the money you raise," added Patrick Grieve. "The churches are your history, help to be their future."

Routes are decided by each cyclist (or walker), incorporating stops at some of over 500 Suffolk places of worship that will be open to receive them and cyclists and walkers can get more details from their SHCT Bike Ride Local Organisers, by phoning 01787 883884 or via this website.

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
Holy Trinity Barsham
Interior of St Francis church, Chantry, Ipswich

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Forthcoming events

Grand Dinner
September 10, 2015 (00:00 - 00:00)
(SHCT Events)
Historic Churches Sponsored Bike Ride
September 12, 2015 (All Day)
(SHCT Events)
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