Chairman’s report for 2012/13
2013 has started as a relatively quiet year for the Trust. Quiet, that is, after the activities of our Silver
Jubilee year, but nevertheless continuing the steady round of grant disbursements (details of which the
reader will find elsewhere in this report), and fundraising.
In May 2012, I attended the Historic Churches Liaison Group conference in London with Anthea Moat.
It was very useful to see how other Trusts are working and to swap ideas in that context. Whilst in some
ways our own ideas are well developed, the event demonstrated the need to review our own approach
to our task.
In June, the Trust’s annual Summer Party took place at Papplewick Hall, the home of Mr and Mrs
Jonathan Godwin-Austen. The reception was held in the Hall during which our President, Mrs Jenny
Mellors, cut an anniversary cake with a sword provided by our hosts! A delightful concert followed,
sung by the children of S. Anselm’s school in the nearby St James’s church, and the evening was a great
success in the mould of many similar evenings in the past.
The annual Ride+Stride event took place on a glorious early September day with last summer’s all too
rare sun shining encouragingly all day long. What is now the single most important source of funds
raised almost £20,000; a breakdown of this amount is given in the Ride+Stride report. Particular
thanks must be paid to Mike Elliott and Boby Stefanov who for the last ten years have magnificently
supported us by organising this event, and I would like to express my own personal gratitude as well as
that of the Trust collectively. However, regretfully, Mike and Boby have said that they will be unable
to continue doing this most valuable work due to changes in their organisation. They will be a very hard
act to follow.
Last October, we were lucky enough to share with The Cathedral Choir Association the annual St.
Cecilia Concert with the three Cathedral Choirs at Southwell Minster. This showed the full range of the
musical life of our own cathedral in its full glory and it was a wonderful experience for everyone who
was fortunate enough to attend.
Outings by the growing number of Friends of the Trust continued during the same month with a visit
led by Dr Jenny Alexander to Worksop Priory and Scofton church, together with other afternoon visits
during the year, described elsewhere in this report.
Noting that we support all Christian churches in the County, I made contact with the Dean of the
Roman Catholic Diocese and am hopeful that we will see both applications and support from that
denomination in the near future.
Of course, I must thank all of those who continue to willingly support our work; the Trustees and
officers who, between them, make the decisions on Trust policy, who decide on the grant applications
that are made, who produce the Trust’s publications, its reports, Christmas cards, etc., and who lead
visits of the Friends, and to Keith Goodman, our Treasurer, who once more has expertly stewarded our
finances. Thanks also to Anthea Moat, our Secretary, Maureen Hallam, who is in charge of our funding
appeals, and to Linda Francis, who keeps control of the Grants Committee, three individuals without
whom the Trust could not operate.
All that said, with the current economic climate being as it is, the need to find alternative sources of
funding remains vital, as is the need to broaden the reach of our membership. Our moves to improve
the profile of the Trust have started but have so far made only slow progress. Whilst not wanting to
damage the essential characteristics of the Trust, I do feel that we must attract a broader age group of
both supporters and funders if we are to succeed in doing what we exist to do. I am confident however
that by the time of the next report, readers will notice significant positive change. The help and support
of you, our existing Friends and supporters, will be vital in that process.