Firstly thank you Lady Willoughby for hosting the Annual General Meeting and to those attending.
I am indebted to all our Subscribers for their continued support for Lincolnshire Churches Trust. Thanks to you LCT has continued to be able to give grants to applicants which enable much needed work to keep Lincolnshire’s churches safe and open. We are also grateful to the hots and attendees at all our events, as well as those who have made donations and bequests.
It is with sadness that I report the death of two of our Trustees. David Lawrence MBE died in October 2017. He had been ill for a while. His funeral was held in St Wulfram’s, Grantham, the parish church which he had attended for so much of his life. Tony Worth CVO died after a very short illness in November 2017. We send our great sympathy to his wife Jenny and his family. A memorial service, held in Lincoln Cathedral in January 2018, was attended by a huge number of LCT supporters and friends.
The Reverend Clifford Knowles, a long standing Trustee, has decided to retire as a Trustee but has generously agreed to remain on the Fundraising and Events Committee and continue taking photographs for the annual calendar (for which he is our top salesman!), Christmas cards and newsletter. We are so grateful for his wise counsel and commitment to the Trust.
I continue to be grateful to all my fellow Trustees for all that they do. LCT is run entirely by volunteers and the generosity of those who give their time is greatly appreciated.
Finally I would like to mention all those who support us through Ride and Stride and those who generously open their gardens and houses to help the Trust raise the funds it needs to continue to give grants to the 750 odd churches and places of worship in Lincolnshire. Much time and trouble is given by the hosts to get both gardens and houses ready for the events. Lincolnshire Churches Trust is very grateful to you all.