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Supporting our local history and heritage

Column by Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council

We are so lucky in our county to be surrounded by such beautiful landscapes and history.

I was fortunate to enjoy this in all its glory when I got on my bike to take part in Lincolnshire Churches Trust’s recent annual sponsored ‘Ride and Stride’ event.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)

This was a fantastic chance to visit a whole host of historic churches while at the same time raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause.

I visited 26 churches and chapels covering an area including Billingborough, Rippingale, Corby Glen and Ropsley.

Half the money I raised goes directly to my local church, Kirkby Underwood St Mary, with the rest going to the trust for wider benefit.

Lincolnshire Churches Trust does a great job in ensuring the future of these much-loved iconic buildings that are often the focal point for our rural communities.

Because they are so old, upkeep is an on-going issue and many are in desperate need of repair.

The trust supports functioning churches that are at least 100 years old in the whole of the Greater Lincolnshire area – which is more than 100 miles in length and contains over 700 churches.

Originally known as the Lincolnshire Old Churches Trust, it was launched on October 10, 1953. In 2008, its name was formally changed to Lincolnshire Churches Trust (LCT) as it was felt that the inclusion of the word ‘old’ was confusing to supporters as LCT does not support redundant churches. It is a registered charity.

It is non-denominational and assists Christian churches or other buildings used for public worship, so long as the aid requested meets the charity’s criteria.

If you feel inspired to get involved with this worthwhile cause, there are many events you can get involved with in addition to supporting the Ride and Stride.

You can take part in garden openings – held mainly on Sunday afternoons between April and August – or attend lectures on topical subjects which are held in spring or autumn each year.

You can also buy their Christmas cards through ‘Cards for Good Causes’ shops or direct from the trust.

You could become a subscriber, make a donation or provide a legacy through your will.

Remember, that any help you can give, big or small, is helping to preserve some of Lincolnshire`s finest and oldest churches that are now requiring urgent repair and restoration.

To find out more, please see www.lincolnshirechurchestrust.org.uk

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