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January Newsletter from our Chairman

This month SCT Chairman, Axel Palmer, visits Exmoor and a remote church in Nettlecombe. Information aplenty too about how to research and study our rich heritage vested in ecclesiastical buildings, and more resources listed as now available online for us all. Simply click here

The Somerset Churches Trust supports St Cuthbert’s Church Event Saturday 19th March 2022

St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells is holding a special celebration of their extraordinary painted statues on Saturday 19th March from 10.00am to 4.00pm. These statues are 550 years old and survived a determined attempt to destroy them during the reformation. Trustees of the Somerset Churches Trust visited St Cuthbert’s recently to learn more about this stunning collection of statuary. Read more about a special opportunity to learn about them in detail with the help of experts by clicking here.

 

 

St John’s Church, Bridgwater. A Success Story!

A major part of the satisfaction derived from being so closely involved with the work of the Trust is the opportunity to visit so many wonderful churches, not just at the time grant applications are being made but also on completion of the relevant works for which a grant may have been awarded. It is gratifying to witness the positive results of  the efforts applied by everybody involved in bringing a project through to a successful conclusion, whether they be the architect, the contractor and of course most importantly the incumbent and their team and their congregation.

Repair work continues to represent the main recipient of our grants and whilst leaking roofs or tower repairs may not be readily visible to the casual observer, their importance to the maintenance of the fabric and the continuing use of the building as a vibrant and uplifting place of worship cannot be ignored. I would particularly like to highlight from recent awards the successful outcome at St John’s, Bridgwater. The church is within a challenging urban environment where until the present incumbent, Lis Sparrow, arrived some six years ago, the congregation had been dwindling and the condition of the church itself was deteriorating. Both lighting and heating were improved through local resources but last year it became apparent that a major failure of the tower roof could no longer be ignored by the judicious distribution of buckets beneath.  Lis embarked upon the herculean task of raising in excess of £100k, which she achieved in a matter of a few months and, against the further challenges of the pandemic, the work has recently been completed.  Her determination and commitment are an inspiration to us all and it’s pleasing to note that not only is the church now light, warm and dry but is also witnessing a significant increase in its congregation and in the outreach work being undertaken in the local community. The Trust is delighted to have made a contribution to support this project and the work of this church in the local community.

Anthony Sutcliffe – Grants Secretary

Annual Meeting November 2021

On a chilly autumn evening at the Wells Museum, the Somerset Churches Trust held its Annual Meeting followed by a lecture on the subject of Romanesque Churches in Somerset.  This was a particularly special opportunity for members and trustees to meet as no such meeting had been possible in 2020 owing to covid restrictions. This was well attended and members were brought up to date on the activities of the Trust over the last year. Thank you to everyone who attended and for the positive and helpful comments which were made.

The Annual Meeting was very well attended and the Newsletter compiled by Chair Axel Palmer is available to read here. 

Treasurer Tony Davies reported on the trust’s finances. Click here to read the Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ending 30 June 2021.

Trustee, Marion Jeffrey recounts her skydive to raise money for Somerset churches

 

 

Ride+Stride+Glide 11th September 2021

A never-to-be-repeated fundraiser. Possibly! On the 25th anniversary of Somerset Churches Trust and the 20th anniversary of 9/11, what could possibly go wrong with a tandem skydive? Just about every possibility had gone through my mind in advance, and then 48 hours before, I decided to stop worrying and enjoy the ride. 10,000 feet of descent, 6000 feet in freefall and 4000 feet cushioned by parachute. An exhilarating thrill and definitely faster than going anywhere by bike! I didn’t see any churches en route but I did feel a little closer to heaven. My son had bought me this thrill as a birthday present and it simply seemed right to convert it into an opportunity to fundraise both for the SCT and my local church St Petrock’s in Timberscombe given the planned date of 11th September. Armed with my Ride+Stride personalised t-shirt I was ready to face the elements and experience the euphoria of a 32ft/sec/sec drop. And euphoric it was, utterly thrilling and exciting. It takes a while to come down to earth after an experience like that.

Ride+Stride September 2021

News of fund-raising plans made for this year’s Ride+Stride.
Cycle rides, pilgrimages, abseiling (not!) and parachuting – what else happened?
Across Somerset, many friends of the Trust planned their weekend R+S activities.
The weather was ‘set fair’! So, what did we get up to?
To read all about it, click here.

 

The Chairman’s A – Z of Somerset Churches

Trust Chairman, Axel Palmer, has set himself an objective of visiting a range of churches and chapels across Somerset to compile his own  A – Z!

This time:

The Bishop. The King. St Michael and … er .. Highland Cattle!
And a Dragon!

To read the whole story, click here to download

Summer Newsletter 2021

The latest newsletter is available by clicking here. Some headlines are below:

  • Good News from Boris – Open Churches and visitors permitted!
  • Summer is here, at last: more relaxation in prospect!
  • Baby steps, maybe, but let’s start to CRAWL!

New Website Launched August 2021

There’s nothing like a new broom for sweeping clean! And that broom turned out to be our newest trustee Marion Jeffrey.

We took advantage of the unexpected break in our activities to think about how we communicate with members – clearly, there are many platforms including Instagram and Facebook but we rapidly concluded that a proper, flexible, website was of utmost importance.

Our current website was created when we re-launched as Somerset Churches Trust back in 2013. At the time it seemed
very modern and has served us well over the years. However, technology has moved on and we were finding it increasingly
difficult to give the site the look we wanted and to incorporate the features expected with a modern website.

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