A Generation of Service to Dorset Churches

by Gerry Lynch last modified 27 Jun, 2013 06:05 PM

Yetminster parishioner honoured for 28 years voluntary work sustaining the living tradition of historic churches in Dorset.

A Generation of Service to Dorset Churches

DHCT Chairman, Simon Pomeroy, and Trustees presenting the engraved crystal drinking glasses to Patrick Moule.

Patrick Moule, a parishioner of St. Andrew, Yetminster, in the Wriggle Valley Benefice, has been honoured for 28 years voluntary work with the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Patrick is the outgoing Honorary Secretary of the charity, in which he has been actively involved since first being recruited as a Trustee in 1985.

The Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) is a charity, run by volunteers, that raises funds and provides around £100,000 each year to Dorset’s churches and chapels of all Christian denominations. Founded by Sir Owen Morshead in 1960, it assists with the increasing costs of maintenance, restoration and improved facilities. It helps historic churches not only to preserve built heritage but sustain a living Christian tradition.

The Chairman of DHCT, Simon Pomeroy, presented Patrick with a set of specially engraved crystal drinking glasses, a gift from his fellow trustees.

Making the presentation, attended by all the current Board of Trustees, Simon Pomeroy thanked Patrick and referred to the generous legacy of generations of the Moule family in Dorset as churchmen, lawyers, artists and academics.  Perhaps most famously Patrick’s Great, Great Grandfather Henry Moule was Vicar of St George, Fordington, Dorchester for 50 years from 1832.

As well as 28 years service as a Trustee and 13 as Honorary Secretary, Patrick also became Secretary of the DHCT Grants Committee in 2012. He was also the first Secretary of the Historic Churches Liaison Group which sought to coordinate the work of the National Churches Trust with 32 individual county Trusts throughout England.

DHCT’s main source of income is the annual ‘Ride & Stride’ that every September involves some 200 parish and church communities across the County.

 

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