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 2016 we awarded £111,500 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 2016 was £2,593,093 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.
A huge thank you to all the communities who have raised funds for us so far this year. Your support really does make a difference and together we can help to keep Cornish churches & chapels open for future generations.
Withiel raised £400 from their flower festival.
Maker with Rame are holding a sponsored cycle ride round the churches of the Rame Peninsula we look forward to hearing how it went.
Warleggan raised £100
Grampound with Creed raised £205 from Beating the Bounds
Ladock raised £100 from Beating the Bounds
Ruan Lanihorne raised £115
Veryan a coffee morning was hosted by Mr and Mrs Blair Jobson £200
Mouth Hawke with Mithian held a coffee morning raising £60
Trigg Minor & Bodmin
Tregadillett Methodist Chapel from a coffee morning - £130
Braddoc A walk between Bradock and St Winnow via Boconnoc and St Nectans chapel raised £110
We were very grateful to receive a private donation of £2,000
St Tudy held a coffee morning and new incumbents cycle ride to visit his neighbouring parishes raised £297.50
Egloskerry with Tresmere held a mouse festival and raised £100.00
Pelynt raised £507.50 from the Carole Vivian Driveabout 2018 which explored Churches to the West of Newquay. One lady participant was celebrating her 95 birthday the following week and even managed to make it to church on Sunday morning after!! The following churches were part of the expedition and raised the following themselves;
Penrose Chapel Committee (St Eval) £50
Paul Church, St Pol-de-Leon, raised £125
Balwest Methodist Chapel took part in the annual Rise & Stride and raised £150.00
St Sampson Gollant hosted a talk given by Dr Joanna Mattingly, ‘Reading the church’, and raised £90
St Fimbarrus Fowey raised £500 from Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature
Par raised £300
Mawgan-in-Meneage raised £37
If you would like more information on how you can support CHCT please contact your area representative using the form below.
Area 1 - Penwith - Mrs Alexandra Bolitho
Area 2 - Kerrier - The Honourable Christopher Harvey Clark
Area 3 - Powder - Mrs Caroline Tetley
Area 4 - Carnmarth North - Mrs Caroline Tetley (Temporary)
Area 5 - Carnmarth South - Mrs Caroline Tetley (Temporary)
Area 6 - Pydar - Mrs Susie Gore
Area 7 - St Austell - Mr Murray Gowan
Area 8 - Trigg Minor & Bodmin - Mr Jeremy Sharp
Area 9 - West Wivelshire - Mrs Jill Jobson
Area 10 - East Wivelshire - Mr Philip Willoughby
Area 11 - Trigg Major - Mrs Willa Bailey
Area 12 - Stratton - Mrs Jenny Smith