Another Successful Annual Meeting
The Church Rooms at Stogursey were full to capacity as members enjoyed another action packed Annual Meeting on Saturday 27th April. Business reports were quickly concluded to allow time for the presentation of Awards for the Ride+Stride event held on 8th September 2018.
Philip Skelhorn collected the award on behalf of Holy Trinity Sutton Montis for the church that raised the most money and Michael Auton (Ride+Stride Coordinator) collected the award on behalf of The Revd Jonathan Morris who was the individual raising the most in sponsorship.
A special award was given by our Chairman, Axel Palmer to Alasdair Green (aged four) who was the youngest cyclist to take part, while Granny looks on approvingly. It was then over to Bob Croft, trustee and Somerset County Archaeologist to tell us about the history of Stoke Courcy now known as Stogursey.
This was followed by a visit to St Andrew's Church and then onto Fairfield House, home of Elizabeth, Lady Gass, DCVO a former Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and one of our Patrons.
Lady Gass gave us a conducted tour of her home followed by Bob Croft giving a brief overview of the archaeological investigations that have been undertaken on the site. The only complaint was that there was just so much of interest there was not enough time to take it all in.
Our Next Event is on Saturday June 22nd.
A Tour of Woodwork and Effigies in SW Somerset Churches
2.00 pm start at SS Peter and Paul, Churchstanton, TA3 7QE. Then to St Mary, Buckland St Mary, TA20 3SL, then St Andrew, Whitestaunton, TA20 3DL and ending at St Nicholas, Combe St Nicholas, TA20 3NE. The tour is lead by Julian Gibbs, Curator for the National Trust from 1979 - 2010, and Lucy Wood, a former Senior Curatar of Furniture at the V&A. Book with William Newsom: email firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01963 441533.
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News from The National Churches Trust
Foundation Grants are available to places of worship of all Christian denominations around the United Kingdom towards work that addresses urgent maintenance, as identified as a priority in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report or survey. The work should form a stand-alone projects costing between £1,000 and £10,000 excluding VAT. Grants range from £500 to £3,000. The next deadline is 12 May 2019 for a decision in July.
Maintenance Booker www.maintenancebooker.org.uk Based on the principle that prevention is better than cure MaintenanceBooker can help churches and chapels avoid having to carry out major repairs to their buildings by making it easy to carry out regular maintenance. The service is available to churches, chapels and historic buildings across England and Wales and provides an online ‘one stop shop’ where churches and chapels can book accredited contractors for services including gutter clearance, tree maintenance, lightning protection system inspections and asbestos management services.
Explore Churches www.explorechurches.org Churches, chapels and meeting houses are literally 'treasure houses' of heritage, history and community. Through ExploreChurches the National Churches Trust aims to develop a high quality resource for visitors and churches alike. We would like to include all churches, chapels and meeting houses that are open for visitors (even if this is only during specific hours or on certain days).
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