The Nevis Historical and Conservation Trust was set up to rescue the ruins of the Cottle Church in order to keep alive a significant episode in Caribbean history.
In 1989 the president of the Nevis Historical & Conservation Society, Hon. Spencer Byron, asked an ex-patriot resident of Nevis, Clive Mitchell, whether he could help to save the ruins of a much loved historical monument, the Cottle Church, a church built before Emancipation by a planter for the enslaved people on his estate to worship together with his family.
Subsequently a charity was formed in the UK with the same terms of reference as the Nevis Society and was registered with the Charity Commission as The Nevis Historical & Conservation Trust (no. 1002304). Besides supporting the local Society to which it is affiliated the Trust began to raise funds to rescue the ruins of the church from further deterioration.
The Trust has five trustees, three based in the UK and two in Nevis. Owing to the generosity of the Chaderton family who own the land on which the church lies the Trust acquired a lease on the half-acre site in 1990.
The aim of the conservation project has been to preserve the site for the public to enjoy. By using the church site for meetings and talks it is hoped that the site will continue to play a part in educating future generations about the history of the island of Nevis and its inhabitants.
The Trust exists wholly on voluntary contributions which can be made in several ways.
Cheques can be made payable to:
The Nevis Historical & Conservation Trust
(Charity reg. 1002304)
The Garden House
Rickmansworth WD3 6AQ
For UK taxpayers Gift Aid forms and bankers orders are available here.
Nevis Historical & Conservation Trust
First Caribbean Bank (a/c 1122633)
US taxpayers may donate through:
Nevis Historical & Conservation Society
PO Box 563
US tax relief is available through the US 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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