First, you can see our annual newsletter for 2021 which is sent out to all supporters. This includes the Church tour information Please scroll down.
STAFFORDSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST
Pandemic Years 2020-2021
This comes with greetings from the committee members of the Trust. Yes, we are still here and still awarding grants to help the churches of Staffordshire keep going in difficult times. There has been no AGM for a number of years; there was no legal requirement for this but until last year we sent out a yearly newsletter. This is this year's, somewhat low key but you can imagine that none of us have been out and about with our cameras!
Firstly, we would like to thank all of you who kept supporting us during the last years even when we had to cancel all our activities. We were in the process of setting up an evening ‘do’ when everything came to a halt. Roger Williams’ popular tours around church buildings also had to be cancelled and we are very grateful to those of you who allowed the money already paid to be kept.
PCCs and other leaders of our churches are going to find the pandemic has severely ‘hit’ them because of COVID so it is even more important that we are able, through your help, to be able to hand out grants. During the past two years we have supported a number of churches with grants totalling nearly £25,000 and have more offer of grants in hand.
But we are looking at the wider issue caused by the pandemic and so we are working to set up some sort of small grant system for small churches (congregationally small usually) who will find it hard to re-establish life after COVID. We are being helped in this by our new member of the committee, Fiona North. This will be a rolling programme and every help financially will be needed – so please keep supporting us and if you can, invite your friends to join in too.
Kristina Williamson and Imogen Campbell moved onto new jobs which meant they did not have the time to commit to continuing as committee members. We are, of course, grateful to Kristina and Imogen for their support during their involvement with the Trust.
On the bright side – Roger Williams is working on tours to be run this year. There will be three and the details are still be worked on but here are the dates. The cost is being held to the same £12.50 for this year. The contact for booking on these tours is:
Canon Roger Williams: 3 Curborough Road, Lichfield, WS13 7NG Tel: 01543 419339 firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER WALSALL
Starting at 2.OOPM at ST MATTHEW'S PARISH CHURCH, then 3.00PM at ST MARY THE MOUNT and 4.00PM ST GABRIEL, FULBROOK followed by Afternoon Tea
WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER LICHFIELD A DAY TOUR
Starting at 10.30AM at CHRIST CHURCH and then continuing to ST JOHN'S CHAPEL, and ST MARY'S (now the Library). Lunch break and then onto ST MICHAEL'S and ending up at ST CHAD.
SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER SWYNNERTON area
Starting at Standon All Saints, continuing to Swynnerton – both RC and C of E and ending in Tittensor St Luke. (Hopefully with tea!)
Once you have booked (and we feel we need to limit the numbers to 25 per tour) we can send you the fuller details - post code etc. You will need a car!
Once again we are very thankful for all your help in supporting us and please keep up the good work!
This letter is sent out by Katie Brown on behalf of the SHCT Committee
Mrs K Brown
David Westwood of Rugeley St Augustine receiving his plate for visiting more churches than any other walker in 2019; the presentation was delayed because of problems producing the plate.
2nd October 2019
Joint President of SHCT Announced
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”.