Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust had a hugely successful evening celebrating their 40th anniversary at Gloucester Cathedral and was able to announce a marvellous £37,000 fundraised so far in their anniversary year.
The evening was attended by around 200 people and consisted of a beautiful Choral Evensong, with music written by Gloucestershire composers, followed by a reception in the Chapter House, with Gloucestershire wine kindly donated by the Three Choirs Vineyards. Gloucestershire Lord Lieutenant & President of GHCT, Edward Gillespie OBE introduced the evening.
Chairman of the Trust Colin Senior reflected on the highlights of the last 40 years and updated attendees with the Trusts fundraising progress so far. The Trust is aiming to raise £1,000 for each of the years it has helped historic churches in its 40th anniversary year, enabling them to support many more projects over the coming years.
The evening was finished with a thought-provoking and heartfelt speech by Sir Simon Jenkins on the glory and needs of England’s parish churches. Simon has allowed the Trust to publish “Simon Jenkins’ Favourite Churches of Gloucestershire and Bristol”, a local edition of his England’s Thousand Best Churches as part of their 40th-anniversary celebration.
Copies of the book are still available on the GHT website.
Colin Senior said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event and also to everyone who has donated to the appeal so far. We are incredibly grateful. We will keep you updated on our website and social media channels as we get closer to our £40,000 goal.”
To keep up to date with Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust:
Website – www.ghct.org.uk