Joint President of SHCT Announced
2nd October 2019
The Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust is delighted to announce that Mr. John Giffard, C.B.E., Q.P.M., D.L. has accepted an invitation to become Joint President of the Trust alongside the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Rev’d Dr. Michael Ipgrave. Mr Giffard accepted the invitation following the resignation of The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot DL. Mr. Giffard, was Chief Constable of the Staffordshire Police Force from 1996 to 2006. The Giffard family have held the Chillington Estate in South Staffordshire since the year 1178. John and Crescent Giffard are the 29th generation of Giffards to make the estate their home.
The Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust award grants toward the preservation, repair, maintenance, improvement, upkeep or beautification of any Christian Church within the county of Stafford. The geographical county stretches from the picturesque Moorlands through the industrial ‘potteries’ in Stoke on Trent to the largely agricultural mid-Staffs and the south west of the County around Kinver and Wombourne. The churches in the County are as varied and picturesque as the landscapes. The work and cost of maintaining the array of historic and beautiful church buildings can be daunting as well time consuming. The Trust awards grants towards the large and small-scale restoration of historic churches of all periods including twentieth century, including roof and wall repairs, improvements to buildings as well as the conservation of ancient or more modern features including stained glass, wall paintings and monuments.
In accepting the invitation Mr. Giffard said “I was delighted to be asked to be joint president with Bishop Michael. I have a long standing interest in the heritage of Staffordshire and will do whatever I can to help the Trust in its work preserving an important part of the county’s history”.