Why should your community take part in Cornwall Churches Day?
The important message is that any money raised is split between the 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 the charity awarded £111,500 but in addition to this they were able to advise and direct parishes to other organisations that could help, 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 their 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 detail 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. The figures nationally are staggering. 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 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.
2017’s events included: Rogation Sunday beating the Bounds, Garden Safari, Walking the Saints’ Way, Walking from one parish to another in celebration of new bells (St Winnow), and the annual Drive about. This latter event 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 to download for a donation of £5. Find out more here.
Funds Raised in 2017
2017 Parish results by Deanery showing 50% of total raised;
Trigg Minor and Bodmin
Bradoc £155 Linked with St Winnow
St Winnow £155 Linked with Bradoc
St Tudy £92.50
Lanreath £70.00 Carole Vivian’s Drive About
Lansallos £55.00 Carole Vivian’s Drive About
Pelynt £513.50 Carole Vivian’s Drive About
Withiel £305.00 Garden safari
Veryan £200.00 Rogation Sunday – beating the bounds
Grampound with Creed £200.00 Walking the Saints’ Way
Cubert £50.00 Musical workshop
Treslothan £20.00 Donation