FRIENDS OF LONG MELFORD CHURCH BUILDING TRUST
Charity No. 1069008
The Friends were established to help the Parochial Church Council (the
We can look back to the 1950’s when a group, calling themselves the Friends of the Church, was formed to raise funds to repair the roof which had been very badly damaged by death watch beetle. When they had raised the necessary funds, they are said to have gone into abeyance but, over the years, we have re-appeared and have existed in many forms until 1998 when we registered as an independent Charitable Trust.
The Clopton Family Connection
John Clopton of Kentwell Hall was the principal benefactor and driving force behind the re-building of Holy Trinity Church from around 1480. He and other distinguished figures are depicted in the magnificent and unique stained glass windows
The Clopton family appeared to have died out in England by the 17th Century but a Clopton was among the earliest settlers in Virginia , USA . In 1984, a descendant, Mr Gene Clopton, discovered his roots and formed the Clopton Family Association which has held a reunion in Long Melford every 6th year since then.
The Friends of Long Melford Church Building Trust are the custodians of two very generous Trusts which were set up by the late William B. Clopton of Richmond , Virginia . The first for the preservation of the ancient glass and the second for the maintenance of the fabric of the Clopton Chantry Chapel.
Since 1998, the Friends have raised and given the PCC over £150,000 towards the costs of maintaining the fabric of Holy Trinity Church.
While the biggest and most significant achievement in recent years has been the completion of the Millennium (or West End ) project including a small kitchen, lavatory for elderly or disabled visitors, and an upstairs meeting room with its magnificent glass screens to reduce the cold draft from the tower, the Friends have been pleased to pay for:
The recent repair of cracked and broken masonry in the clerestory. Work on-going.
Mr Patrick Kohler, email@example.com
Hon. Secretary & Charity Commission
Mr Richard Michette, 7 Clopton Drive, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9LJ.
Telephone: + 44 (0)1787 377164, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Vincent Chandler ACA FCCA