Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

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August 1

Can you spare some time to help us?

Ride and Stride is our annual sponsorship event. We are looking for someone to help us out in 2019 to strengthen the event and increase the amount of money raised.

You may love cycling, walking or visiting churches and have some ideas about how we can raise awareness of the event and reach new audiences.

It’s a fun day out where people get sponsored to visit as many places of worship as they can, either on foot, by bike or by car / public transport. The money raised is shared between the participants own church, and the YHCT.

Ride +Stride is a wonderful way to raise much needed funds and we grateful to our many dedicated supporters who take part each year. However, we know it could be even bigger and better!

Familiar with WordPress?

We are also looking for someone with experience in WordPress to help us tidy up our website. If you have skills in this area and think you may be able to spare a bit of your time to help us out, we would love to hear from you.

For further information about both roles, please contact Vanessa White on 07786 656883, vanbarassociates@gmail.com

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August 1

Important bank account changes

The Trust has recently changed it’s charitable status to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), which will save administration costs and comply with current recommendations from the Charities Commission.

As a result, we have updated our bank account. The account we had with the HSBC is now closed for individual and church contributions.

Our new account details are as follows:

Co-op Bank,  sort code: 08 92 99  account number: 65846678

Please use this standing order form to update your payment details.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

 

 

 

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July 5

Ride +Stride stalwart fondly remembered

It is with great sadness that we heard about the passing of David Trow earlier this year. David was a long- time supporter of the Trust whose dedication to Ride and Stride over 40 years saw him cycling more than 1200 miles and raising an incredible £10,000.

David first got involved in supporting historic churches in Essex 40 years ago. Living in Great Waltham, nr Chelmsford, David was a keen member of the local cycling club and enthusiastically took part in Ride & Stride every year.

He and his wife moved back to Yorkshire in 1995 and settled nr Driffield.  For the past 23 years David continued to take part in R+S, clocking up hundreds of miles around the East Riding.

David’s approach was to aim to cycle around 30 miles and visit 10 churches, which was an incredible feat for a Man in his nineties.

In fact last year he fell off his bike during a training ride a week before the event, but undeterred he completed his ride a week later – finishing the last church on foot as his shoulder was so painful.

We are deeply indebted to David for the thousands of pounds he has raised over the years for the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust and the final gift of a donation from his funeral collection.

It is thanks to the dedication and support of people like David that we are able to continue to offer vital funding lifelines to the many places of worship across Yorkshire, to help ensure they are repaired and maintained and able to be enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come.

   David raising money for the Essex Historic Churches Trust during the 1980s

 David as a young boy showing his love for cycling

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June 21

Ride and Stride family fun

Pictured (L to R) Licensed Reader Denise, Lucy Sturley, Thomas Sturley and Vicar Rev Jo. Lucy and Thomas had over a cheque for £101, money they raised for their local church, Holy Trinity in Knaresborough.

Proving that Ride and Stride is a day that can be enjoyed by all ages, the Sturley family, from Knaresborough, tells about their day taking part in Ride and Stride last year:

“Our day started grey and drizzly… hmmm… Waterproofs and sun cream were jammed into the rucksack, God loves an optimist! On the way to York we made a little detour to visit the church of All Saints in Long Marston. This church has an amazing story: around 600 years ago it was moved, stone by stone, about a mile and a half up the road following a breakout of the plague. That would be an unenviable task even in modern times but in the early 1400s it must have been a massive undertaking. The local people who were manning the church were very friendly and as the heavens had by this time really split open, we enjoyed their hospitality for almost half an hour! The church has some lovely round Saxon arches and by contrast a stained glass window that dates from WW1 and depicts a submarine in one of its panels.

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June 8

30th anniversary celebrations

Over 50 friends of the Trust gathered at Bishopthorpe Palace to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the Archbishop of York on Thursday 31st May.

Welcomed by Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and President of the Trust, guests enjoyed refreshments and a tour of the palace.

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May 16

Hon. Treasurer required

Are you looking to volunteer?

Can you spare some time to help the Trust? 

We are looking for a Treasurer to join the trustees. The Trust gives around £100,000 a year towards repairs to Yorkshire’s Places of Worship and we are looking for a retired or qualified accountant who would enjoy the prospect of helping with this work. It takes no more than one day spread throughout the month and anyone interested or needing more information should contact the chairman, Tom Ramsden, by email at tom@oldsleningford.co.uk

More details here.

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February 12

Hon. Treasurer Needed

Are you looking to volunteer?

Can you spare some time to help the Trust? 

We are looking for a Treasurer to join the trustees. The Trust gives around £100,000 a year towards repairs to Yorkshire’s Places of Worship and we are looking for a retired or qualified accountant who would enjoy the prospect of helping with this work. It takes no more than one day spread throughout the month and anyone interested or needing more information should contact the chairman, Tom Ramsden, by email at tom@oldsleningford.co.uk

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January 31

Settle Churches Stroll

Join us on Thursday 8th March for a stroll around Settle, in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Millennuim Trust,  taking in six places of worship, including the historical Zion Chapel and tours of Giggleswick Chapel and Settle Quaker Meeting House.

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear and bring a drink/snack. Optional lunch en route. Sorry, no dogs.

  • Meeting location: Giggleswick Chapel, Giggleswick BD24 0DE
  • Date & Time: Thursday 8 March 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Cost: A suggested donation of £15 per person to be split between YDMT and Settle Churches Together.
  • Booking: For further information and booking please media@ydmt.org or call us on 015242 51002.

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January 31

Gold Medal recognition for YHCT grant committee stalwart

The winner of The King of Prussia Gold Medal was announced by Prince Nicholas Von Preussen the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held at St Mellitus College, London on 26 October 2017.

The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Richard Crooks Partnership for their work which brought back to life the historic St Mark’s Church, in Leeds, after extensive interior conservation. St Mark’s Church received a £500 prize.

Richard is a long serving dedicated member of the YHCT grants committee, and we are delighted to hear of this award.

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January 11

York stained glass tour

 

Join us on Tuesday 20th March for a walking tour of some of York’s finest stained glass.

This event is open to all members, and we are delighted that Holy Trinity Goodramgate is opening especially for us. The event will start at 10.30am with coffee and biscuits at the Kings Manor Refectory for coffee and biscuits.

After coffee we walk to Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, tucked away ‘in retirement’ and famous for its historic box pews. The church boasts a remarkable east window, given in 1471 by its rector John Walker.

From there we go to St Martin’s, Coney Street . The church was a casualty of wartime bombing, but its west window of 1437 had been removed to safety. Its scale and detail makes it one of the most rewarding medieval windows in the city.

Finally on to All Saints, North Street, probably the city’s most famous parish destination for stained glass lovers  with its unrivalled collection of stained glass, much of it the gift of the merchant families of York.

The tour will take about 3 hours and then the afternoon is free to enjoy York.

Booking form available here.

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