Cycle of generosity

A cheque for £11,000 has been presented to St Michael’s Church Heart of the Community project.

The grant was made by the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust.

Vice Chair of the trust, Helen Whitbread, presented the cheque to Simon Jones, Team Rector, and Andy Clothier, Chair of the Heart of the Community project.

Much of the funding distributed by the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust is raised by their annual Ride and Stride event – a sponsored cycle and walk between churches across the county. St Michael’s church members, Jane and Mike Watkivs, took part on their tandem last Saturday.

The Heart of the Community project is raising £5.5m to refurbish the historic church building in Stoke Gifford, upgrade the Old School Rooms facilities, create a large new church and community centre and fund equivalent projects elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

This £11,000 donation has been specifically assigned to the refurbishment of the church building, and we are extremely grateful to the Gloucestershire Historic Church Trust for the difference their generosity will make.