Why should your community take part in Cornwall Churches Day?
The important message is that any money raised is split between your parish PCC and the CHCT 50/50, thereby benefiting the parish and also supporting our vision of providing an insurance policy for when your parish church needs help for larger projects that seem overwhelming. The CHCT can offer local knowledge and often when they support an application larger more wealthy bodies are minded to follow suit.
In 2018 we awarded £80,000 in grants to Cornish churches & chapels. In addition to this we were able to advise and direct parishes to other organisations that could offer large areas of financial support. However the reality is that the total combined project costs of churches making applications to us in 2018 was just shy of £2,000,000 therefore, it is clear that we need to be able to offer more assistance and thus why we are reaching out to all the parishes within the county to highlight what we can do with your help.
The most effective way of raising money is for each parish to organise an event of their own. It does not have to be on the second Saturday in September but the important thing is to let us know the what is happening so that we can highlight every parish’s events on our website.
In 2016 Devon achieved a county result of just over £92,000 with £46,000 for Devon Historic Churches Trust, the other half having been retained by the contributing parishes. Cornwall by comparison raised just over £4,000 with £2,000 donated to CHCT. If Cornwall’s 250 parishes could raise £100 each for CHCT we would be looking at £25,000, imagine if we improved on this and were able to raise £200 or more per parish.
With times getting ever tougher for all parishes, we need to join together to look after our county’s unique architectural gems. We have more late medieval remains in this county than anywhere else in the country and we need our communities help do that we can continue to support them in preserving Cornish churches and chapels for our appreciation now and for future generations.
You can download posters to advertise your events and recruit volunteers below or contact your local CHCT representative using the form at the bottom of this page.
Area 1 - Penwith - Alexandra Bolitho
Area 2 - Kerrier - Cecilia Bisson
Area 3 - Carnmarth North - David Purser
Area 4 - Carnmarth South - Libby Reed
Area 5 - Powder - Kirsty Newton
Area 6 - Pydar - Katharine Willis
Area 7 - St Austell - Caroline Tetley
Area 8 - Trigg Minor & Bodmin - Andrew Langdon
Area 9 - West Wivelshire - Jill Jobson
Area 10 - East Wivelshire - Charles Hulbert-Powell
Area 11 - Trigg Major - Willa Bailey
Area 12 - Stratton - Trelawny Williams
If you would like more information on how you can support CHCT please contact your deanery representative using the form below.
Landrake with St Erney – Open Churches Day – £37.50
Maker with Rame – sponsored Bicycle Ride – £250
St Cuby – Afternoon Tea for the CHCT Friends’ Outing – £55
Trigg Minor and Bodmin
St Julitta Lanteglos-by-Camelford – Afternoon Tea at the CHCT Annual Meeting – £100
St Neot – Midsummer Event £500
St Mary’s Biscovey and Good Shepherd Church Par – Pop up Stalls – £400
Maker with Rame – Ride and Stride – £200
Grampound with Creed – Afternoon Tea at the CHCT Annual Meeting – £156
Trigg Minor & Bodmin
St Tudy with Michaelstow – Coffee morning hosted by Jenny Muir – £90
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was enjoyed by 120 people at Trevenna, St Neot celebrating Midsummer and raising the magnificent sum of £2,500 for church funds. CHCT is immensely grateful to the PCC for donating £500 of this to us. Thanks are due to PCC member Jonathan Rowe for allowing St Neot Church to use his wedding venue, Trevenna, Mandy and all the staff at Trevenna plus all the community volunteers who dressed the marquee, set up the games, entertainment and music.
Friends assembled at St Julitta’s at Lanteglos-by-Camelford for our Annual Meeting on 25th May 2022 and were privileged to be addressed by Canon Professor Nicolas Orme, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter on the subject “Going to Church in Medieval Cornwall”. His illuminating talk made all those attending wiser and is best summed up by a remark overheard afterwards “We would have flocked to lectures at university if Nicholas Orme had been teaching us.” For those who missed it his book “Going to Church in Medieval England” is available and has been shortlisted for various prizes.
Afterwards we were treated to a sumptious tea which raised £200 split between the PCC and the CHCT as St Julitta’s Cornwall Churches Day event for this year.
St Mary’s, dressed in her new grey granite tower and reddish Biscovey stone body!
Jill Hore, Churchwarden, writes “We haven’t done anything remarkable in fund raising this year, but once lockdown restrictions were lifted we did manage to hold 3 POP UP stalls outside the Good Shepherd Church in Par, selling home grown plants with an additional stall of homemade cakes, pies, and preserves.”
Being opposite the Post Office, we had enthusiastic customers throughout the first morning’s event, – who were as eager as we were to get out, meet people and have a chat about being under lockdown restrictions, that we decided to do it again! And again! Our “green fingered” member had so many bedding plants and perennials thriving in her polytunnel and garden, that it was an obvious event to arrange.