How can you help?
There are many ways in which you can help to further the work of our churches - financially, work parties, general maintenance, support at fetes/fund raising events or even, just attending church. It all helps contribute to the wellbeing of our churches within the parish.
As you will have seen from this website and what you already know or may have heard about the churches, they are beautiful buildings which have stood for centuries. However this does not come without its problems. Churches need to be maintained and unfortunately, this needs to be funded by the parish and not from central funds. There are some grants available to us but they only cover a very small portion of the cost.
For example we have recently spent £23,000 on work to Old Church. This involved the replacement of the heating system (including associated electrical works, decoration etc) as well as the refurbishment of the Lych Gates. So far, we have only been able to secure grants for £4,700 but the grant application process is ongoing. Hopefully more funds will be received in response to the various applications made.
Moreover, the churchyards need to be maintained to make sure they are kept to a standard that we can all be proud of. For St Nicholas we are fortunate that there is a separate charity (The Friends of Trellech Church and Churchyard) who maintain the churchyard for us. Sadly, this is not the case at Old Church and we must engage with private contractors to maintain the grounds.
It is also often taken for granted that the churches will be clean and there will be beautiful flower arrangements. Behind the scenes though, there are volunteers who do this as a contribution to these wonderful places. Can you help?
Maintenance of church/churchyards
We arrange working parties for Old Church and Friends of Trellech arrange their own work parties. If you would like to take part in the next one at either St Nicholas or Old Church then please contact us and we will ensure that we let you know when the next one is taking place.
No heavy manual labour is involved and a typical working party will last approximately two hours. Besides making a huge contribution to our churches, it is also a great way to help build a community spirit by meeting your fellow villagers.
Please contact us so that we can let you know what is needed where and when
Before every service the churches must be ‘set-up’ and everything cleared away after the service. It probably takes no more than 30 – 45 minutes but it does need to be done. Similarly there is always someone to read the lessons and psalms. In addition, there are always one or two people who will greet you when you arrive at the church.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us with these duties. Can you help once or twice a month. If so, please contact us.
Fund raising events
We organise a number of fund raising events and some have become village institutions in their own right e.g. Penallt Church Fete. A recent bingo event organised by Debbie of the Lion Inn, Trellech raised almost £400 for our funds.
Our very successful Promise Auction last November raised over £3,300 of which we donated 50% which was split between the Busy Bodies play group in Trellech and The Narth Village Hall.
The important thing - can you please attend these events to help support the good cause.
The bottom line is that we need your help. Old Church Penallt and St Nicholas Church Trellech are there for all of us. Will you help us to keep them in good order please?
There are many ways to donate money to the parish or even one of the individual churches.
The ‘old fashioned’ way by putting money on the collection plates during the service (so please attend when you can). It is also more efficient if you are a taxpayer to put the donation in a Gift Aid envelope. New rules introduced allow the entire collection to be Gift Aided without envelopes but only if there are more than 10 people in the congregation. Also no donation more than £20 will be covered so please do not put £50 notes on the collection plate as that is a dead giveaway!!!
By direct debit on a regular basis. It is one of the easiest ways and, again, if you are a tax payer then providing we have a signed declaration then we can reclaim the tax.
A further form of regular giving is through the Church in Wales. This is probably the easiest way for us as they deal with the tax elements and let us have the tax rebates on a monthly basis. The Gift Aid from can be downloaded by clicking on this link - Church in Wales Gift Aid
One form often overlooked is that of Legacy giving. Many of us will take it for granted that we will get baptised in church, married in church and then have our funeral services in church. Does it cross our minds to leave a Legacy in our wills towards our churches that have played a role in the most significant milestones in our lives. For further information please click on this link - www.churchlegacy.org.uk
For more information on any of the above please contact us (please click on the ‘contact’ button). We hope to have this information/forms to download directly from this website shortly.
To help us to reach out and engage with the younger members of our communities. Would you be willing to take on the role. If so, please contact us for more information
For more information on what is required please contact us