December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
A former Archbishop of Canterbury visited Suffolk yesterday to preach at a service to mark 40 years of fundraising by a group dedicated to preserving the county’s churches.
The Rt Rev Lord Williams of Oystermouth was taking part in the service at Stratford St Mary Church as guest of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.
The trust has raised £4.75million over the past four decades to help maintain the fabric of countless churches and chapels and places of worship of all denominations.
Its main fundraiser each year is the cycle ride in which riders challenge themselves to visit as many churches as possible in one day, sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues.
The service was attended by many trust volunteers and supporters of its work to hear Lord Williams talk about the importance of church buildings but also how the church is not just a set of buildings but its people.
Martin Favell, chairman of Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, said: “His talk encompassed what we are doing at the trust in trying to help churches to maintain their buildings so that people can enjoy them whether they are churchgoers, tourists or people in the villages just going for a walk.
“I think there are very few churches across the county that we haven’t helped in some way over the years.”
He said the service had gone extremely well.
Mr Favell said: “We were delighted and very lucky to have Lord Williams and it was very kind of him to come along and join us.”