The Appeal

The Charity has been formed to fundraise to support the work of our much loved lead agricultural chaplain, Canon Alan Robson, and the expanding group of associate chaplains across the County.  We have set an ambitious appeal target to raise 1.5 million pounds so that the agricultural community can partner in supporting chaplaincy provision, and has a voice in succession planning for Alan’s retirement. The rural and agricultural chaplains work with LRSN to continue the pastoral and spiritual care that Alan has provided throughout Greater Lincolnshire for the past 22 years. There is an urgent need to recruit a successor for Alan to work alongside him before his retirement.

Chaplaincy is a proven service with a remarkable track record. This is your chance to help and support us to preserve this vital role for our county for years to come.

Please give generously.

Meryl Ward MBE

Chair, Lincolnshire Rural & Agricultural Chaplaincy

The fund is looking to raise £1,500,000 to secure the long-term future of the Rural Chaplaincy Service. These funds would be invested as a permanent endowment fund.

£1,500,000 @ 5% pa = £75,000 pa

The income generated will be used for the following; –

  • Recruit, train and fund future chaplains, to assist with the current workload and provide succession going forward
  • Provide funding to support training of existing parish priests, Methodist ministers and lay preachers who wish to learn more about rural/agricultural issues and who may in the future become rural chaplains
  • Innovation – investment in the latest technology to allow the chaplaincy to keep pace with the wider society
  • Support for causes aligned with the charitable objectives of the rural chaplaincy fund

Funds raised to date

Private Donations


Lincolnshire Rural Support Network


Rural Charities Dinner


Lincolnshire Community Foundation


Lincoln Diocese Transformational Fund


Bishops Social Justice Fund





Rev Bruce Thompson

Help Us to Help Others

Chaplaincy is at the very heart of ministry in the Methodist Church – standing alongside people in times of both celebration and need, hearing the stories of both joy and sorrow and, on occasion, being a prophetic voice in a world that is increasingly deaf to the problematic issues that arise. Which is why the Lincolnshire Methodist District has provided and funded a chaplain to rural Lincolnshire for more than 20 years. We now want to put this wonderful ministry, which has been so effective for so long, on an even stronger footing. This is not to say we wish to withdraw our responsibility, but that we want to ensure the future of chaplaincy across our wonderful county. So I invite you to read this document and ask yourself if you can help us to help others over the years to come. Every blessing.

Rev Bruce Thompson Chair Lincolnshire Methodist District

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Social Value
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