Friends of Long Melford Church Building Trust The Trust

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Church Building Trust

The Friends of Long Melford Church Building Trust has been established to fund works to maintain and improve the dignity of the building of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. Maintenance and improvement of the building is funded principally through two channels; the Church Restoration Fund, which is administered by the Parochial Church Council (part of the Church hierarchy), and the Friends.

The Church of England itself does not fund maintenance work, which is the responsibility of the local community. The Friends Trust works alongside but independently of the Church Council and is designed to raise funds for projects which are beyond the routine of the Restoration Fund.

- By helping with agreed improvements it relieves pressure on the Church Council.

- By considering matters not of direct ecclesiastical interest, it helps maintain the continuity of the Village.

- The trustees are members of the community of Long Melford. They includes two members of the Church Council through whom close contact is maintained with that Council.

- Details of the Trust and the Trustees are registered with the Charitable Commissioners at number 1069008 and may be viewed at the Commissioners website:

Local activities of the Trust include fund raising through events such as bazaars, historical and cultural expeditions and cross country treks on horseback. The Trust also organizes major events, especially the sextennial visit of the Clopton family to Long Melford.

Practical support for this Trust with or without membership is warmly encouraged. Suggestions for events are welcome. Membership is £10 a year, Life Membership £250.


page updated 19th October 2008