St Nicholas Trust

The St Nicholas Great Wilbraham Trust

(Registered Charity No 800524 )

The St Nicholas Great Wilbraham Trust is a charitable body that raises money for the repair and maintenance of the Great Wilbraham Parish Church of St Nicholas. St Nicholas’ is an Anglican Church within the Church of England Diocese of Ely, whose head is the Bishop of Ely.

Since 2007, repairs costing in excess of £325,000, have been financed by private donations, grants from English Heritage and the Historic Churches Trust. Grant giving bodies always take into consideration the amount of funding raised by the community who are making an application. This funding has enabled the Parochial Church Council to carry out repairs to the following:-

  • South Porch
  • Nave ceiling
  • Nave roof
  • The organ
  • Chancel roof
  • Installation of a lightening protection system
  • Upgrading of gutters and down-pipes from plastic to cast-iron
  • Audio system
  • Wall heaters
  • Bell tower
  • Tower roof and finial
  • Tower project comprising: installing a wc, relocating kitchen and raising bell ringers’ floor

In December 2017 the Trust provided £15,000 to enable the PCC to commission urgent repairs to the external masonry around the window at the west end of the south elevation. It is hoped that this urgent work will be able to be carried out during 2018.

Some donors make regular monthly payments and some make one-off donations when appeals are made for specific projects.

A capital fund was started in 2017 which increases the options for donation. The objective of the capital fund is to make investment income from the fund available for ongoing maintenance projects, whilst preserving capital, thus bolstering the long term future for maintenance at St Nicholas.  The capital fund is likely to appeal to those who wish to make larger donations, either during their lifetime or a bequest in their will. Current legislation allows Estate Duty to be reduced if 10% of the taxable value of an estate is left to charity.  


Our next benefit auction will be held on 24th February in the Great Wilbraham Memorial Hall. Please find the supporting documents here for download: