Bike 'n Hike 2020
Our main annual fundraising event is going ahead in a Covid safe way on Saturday 12 September 2020. Bike 'n Hike raises funds for the Trust and for participating churches and it is more important than ever this year as churches have been closed for so long. Find out how to take part on the Bike 'n Hike website. There is also more information about the event on our own Bike 'n Hike page.
Rescuing our plans
We are thankful that we have been able to devise a format in which Bike 'n Hike can take place safely because we need the funds to help us help the churches. Unfortunately due to Coronavirus our other summer plans for social and fundraising events had to be cancelled. We hope to reschedule the Study Day for next year.
The Trustees will be meeting soon after the Bike 'n Hike event. Two emergency applications have been dealt with this summer, and the Trustees will be glad to get back to normal business.
The rescheduled AGM for 2020 will take place, it is hoped, in the autumn. Details will be published on this website.
and thank them for their continuing interest in and support for the work of the Trust.
There can be no doubt that maintaining a church or chapel can cost a lot of money and delaying a repair always means a bigger bill later.
Beds and Herts have a rich heritage of ancient buildings - and some impressive modern ones too - all of which need to be kept in good condition to allow them to function as places of worship and be an obvious Christian presence in our communities. A well maintained church makes a powerful statement to the world outside.
It is not always easy for church congregations to find the cash to deal with problems with their church building but it is essential they do - keeping the weather out for example has to be a number one priority. Repairs can be expensive, demanding a vast amount of energy to fund-raise for the balance.
If a church is having difficulty closing a funding gap to repair their church it might be worthwhile speaking to this Trust. A grant could make a real difference to local efforts to achieve what some might have thought at the outset, as the impossible.
The cash comes mainly from the annual sponsored Bike 'n Hike, held every year on the second Saturday in September. More details about this can be found here. The Trust is also working hard to establish an endowment fund so that it can go on helping churches, should income from the Bike ’n Hike be threatened.
To contact the Trust for more information about grants, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.