AGM 10 July
Our AGM takes place at 3pm on Sat 10 July, St Mary's Church, Church Rd, Stotfold SG5 4NF.
Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's announcement to extend Covid restrictions, means that you must let us know if you will be attending, so that we can meet social distancing requirements. Please email the secretary if you plan to attend.
It also means that we will not be able to serve refreshments after the meeting. Any "tea money" already sent in will be refunded.
We hope that the weather will allow people to gather in the churchyard in groups of no more than 6 to chat after the meeting.
We look forward to seeing friends and supporters on 10 July when we will also welcome our keynote speaker, the Bishop of Bedford.
Bike 'n Hike huge success
Our main annual fundraising event in September 2020 was a huge success, raising £112,800.
It's all thanks to the efforts of the bikers, hikers, supporters and organisers and exceeds last year's magnificent sum.
All sponsor money is shared with half going to participants' local churches and the remainder to the Trust to give out in grants.
The Trust is seeking to appoint a Trustee who will serve as Honorary Treasurer to the Trust.
If you would be interested in this role, and have the appropriate financial experience, including preparation of accounts for audit, please contact the Secretary for more information:
See the latest Trust News
Trust News Spring 2021 is available on our news page. Find out news about Bike 'n Hike, our Auction, Chairman's report, features on Trustees and more.
Bid in our online fundraising auction
There are some irresistible lots to bid for in our online auction hosted by Sworders Auctioneers from 12 noon on Friday 25 June to 6pm on Sunday 4 July 2021.
Superb lots on offer include:
- Hatfield House tour led by Lord Salisbury
- Tour of the Queen's paintings at Windsor Castle
- Newmarket -lunch at Jockey Club
- Fishing on the River Glass
- Holiday house stays
- fine wines and paintings
The online Auction of Goods and Promises is part of our Endowment Campaign which has so far raised £1.8M towards our target of £3M which will enable the Trust to help even more churches and chapels.
We are most grateful to Sworders for hosting the auction at no cost to the Trust.
To take part, visit Sworders website in mid-June for a taster of what's on offer. From 25 June, you may view the full catalogue.
You must register with Sworders as a bidder to take part. Enter your online bids and don't forget to check the website before 6pm on 4 July to make sure you are not outbid at the last minute.
The Trustees wish all our members and supporters good health in these difficult times,
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: [email protected].