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Friends of St Giles' Church, Cambridge
Registered Charity Number 1168770
Patron The Revd Professor Diarmaid N.J. MacCulloch, Kt, DD, FBA 
Dear Friends,

The past year has been sensational for St Giles’ and the Friends in particular.

We have raised over £21000 in 2018, bringing the total the Friends have raised for St Giles’ to over £38500.

For 2019-21 we already have pledges of £19000

92% of the money raised by the Friends for St Giles’ is given by people that are not on the electoral roll of the parish, so we are making a real difference to this historic and beautiful church. Without the Friends, a lot of things would not be happening.
We have invested, as we have always promised, our donations in practical things to enhance and improve the building, including a new sound system, AV equipment and a cooker. However, the major cost-factor this year, were the architects’ fees, which the Friends also paid in full.

Our architects have come up with a plan that is set to increase the usefulness and beauty of St Giles’ for future generations. This is a real investment we have been able to make thanks to your help. The District Church Council have now passed the plans and it will now gradually have to go through the long process of getting offical approval. Major funding is being sought towards the building costs from large charities and institutions.

Over the year, our outreach has included an exhibition of historic vestments (coinciding with the reopening of Kettle’s yard), textile workshops (celebrating our collection), a partnership with Thirsty the Wine Merchants (bringing thousands of new visitors to St Giles’) and a special Commemoration of Donors, past and present, presided over by the Bishop, followed by a dinner with the High Sheriff.

2018 has been a great year for St Giles’, for the Friends and for you too! Thank you so much for everything you have helped us do.
In 2019 we can look forward to the restoration of two historic banners and the beginning of urgent work to the stained glass windows, both funded by the Friends with donations from 2018.

However, we continue to employ our architects too, as they are adapting and perfecting plans for the heating, lighting and general refurbishment and improvement of St Giles’, please consider recommending the Friends of St Giles’ to your Friends or increasing your donation to allow us to bring this project to its successful conclusion. Find out more
Meanwhile, you are invited to join us at the upcoming Christmas Tree Festival, kindly sponsored by Thirsty, opening on 30 November. Find out more We have one spare tree left for decoration. Get in touch

With my best wishes,
John
Chair of Trustees

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Chair Dr John F. Mueller 
Secretary Mrs Ank Riglesford 
Treasurer Dr Geoffrey Dumbreck

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St Giles' Church
Castle Street
Cambridge, Cam CB3 0AQ
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