Cornwall Churches Day - Get Involved!
Our annual major fundraising event is Cornwall Churches Day which is held on the second Saturday of September. This is a celebration of churches and chapels across the county and we are keen for as many parishes as possible to get involved by holding a celebration event which encourages people to visit your church (and surrounding churches in the area!).
We ask that for this one event each year you split the funds raised equally with the CHCT (50% each) and in return we will help you promote your events on our website and can provide templates for posters.
Sharing the funds raised between CHCT and your church both benefits your parish and also supports 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.
With times getting ever tougher for all parishes, we need to join together with all Cornish churches 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 to preserve them for our appreciation now and for future generations.
How your community can help
Over the years we have seen some fantastically creative fundraising events; parishes have held sponsored walks, garden safaris, coffee mornings, quizzes, music workshops, church tidies and church yard clearances to name a few. These events have been a lot of fun for all involved and are a great way of getting the wider community involved.
Sometimes it is just not practical for a parish to hold an event on Cornwall Churches Day because of other commitments, so we are keen to stress that CHCT fundraising events can be held at any point in the year. The important thing is to let us know the what is happening so that we can help to advertise your event on this website.
How individuals can get involved
As well as supporting local fundraising events, individuals can take part of the nationwide initiative Ride and Stride, which is organised by the National Churches Trust. Ride and Stride is a national sponsored walk or cycle which encourages people to visit different churches in their area en route.
Or if cycling/walking between churches isn't your thing how about following one of our Drive About Trails. We have a selection of trails available from previous years. More details below.
Stuck for a fund-raising idea?
How about one of Michael Swift's 'STAINED GLASS WALK AND TALK' afternoons. If your church has some interesting stained glass that people will want to know more about, Michael can walk you round the windows one Sunday afternoon in his own inimitable style. A charge for entry and some refreshments will raise funds jointly for your church and the Cornwall Historic Church Trust, and you never know when in the future you might need their help. If you are interested, email Michael on email@example.com and as there are only five such talks offered each year, don't leave it too late!
Friends only events
Would you like to play an active role in supporting the Trust? If so, become a Friend of Cornish Churches.
Friends of CHCT are invited to our four special Friends only events: the Annual Lunch, the Annual Meeting, the Annual Cornish Churches Visit, and the Champagne Christmas Party.
For just £20 a year individual membership or £30 a year for two adults at the same address!
Details of how to become a Friend are on the form which you can download from the link below. If you have any queries, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about some of our recent Friend's events here on the Friends page.
- have a go at bell ringing
- climb the church tower
- children’s activities
e.g. I-Spy trails & teddy bear’s picnics
- quiz the vicar
- coffee morning & cake sales
- worm charming in the churchyard!
- guided nature walk
- history talks & guided tours
There are more wonderful ideas that have been successful at other churches here on
the Church Times website.
What can your church do?
St Mellion Benefice organised a tour of churches including the tiny St Indract's chapel at Halton Quay. Built originally as an office for the export of fruit and vegetables and the import of coal, it was only dedicated as a place of worship in 1959.
Drive About Trails
Our annual Drive About is the brain child of Carole Vivian of Pelynt; each year she organises a drive about, starting from her home village and encompassing 3 or 4 churches. She writes about the history of the buildings and features to look out for and directs you from one church to another with suggestions for good places to stop for lunch en route.
Trails from previous years are available for a donation of £5.
Donations and Bequests
If you would like to make a donation to the trust and you are a UK tax payer, the government will increase your donation by 20% by adding Gift Aid. If you would like to do this you can download a gift aid form here.
How your support helps
Churches of any denomination are able to apply for grants of up to £4000 to help with costs of restoration & repair. You can find out more by visiting our Grants page.
Previous grants have included:
- £1000 to St James Church in Jacobstow to restore two alter paintings
- £3500 to St John & Petroc Church in Devoran for repairs to the tower and gables
- £3000 to Christ Church in Lanner towards a new roof
- £500 to Perranporth Methodist Church to clean and overhaul the chapel organ
- £4250 to Paul Church for extensive repairs to the memorial window
The full list of Previous Grants Awarded can be found here.