Bike 'n Hike success
Our main annual fundraising event in September was a huge success, raising £112,800. It's all thanks to the efforts of the bikers, hikers, supporters and organisers and even exceeds last year's magnificent sum raised.
All the sponsor money is shared with half going to the participants' local churches and the remainder to the Trust to give out in grants.
Epic cycle trips for Bike 'n Hike
David Wells and his wife Jenny embarked on a record breaking cycle trip for Bike 'n Hike covering all 21 of the Trust's administrative areas and passing over 60 churches. Between them they totted up 165 miles in one day.
David Munchin, Team Rector of Welwyn, had an unusual John O’Groats to Lands End bike ride for Bike ‘n Hike.
Supported by his wife Ysmena, he covered the 980 miles in three chunks, determined to complete the journey despite bike problems and Covid restrictions.
Read their stories on our Bike 'n Hike page
Our AGM took place at St Mary's Church, Redbourn on 24 October. Held later in the year than usual, it was a socially distanced event attended by 35 people.
In 2019/20, the Trust awarded £127,000 from funds for the repair and upkeep of local churches. This sum included £10,000 from legacies.
In addition, £85,000 was awarded in grants on behalf of the Wixamtree Trust.
A further £23,000 was awarded on behalf of Allchurches Trust to provide roof alarms.
Bike 'n Hike, our main fundraising event raised the magnificent sum of £95,753 in 2019.
Find out more about what the Trust achieved in our Annual Report 2019/20.
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].