The Heritage Project Steering Group has now held six meetings and things are progressing well.
We’ve been training our Heritage Volunteer Stewards. We hope to start opening the church at regular times from the New Year - look out for the 'Church Open' boards. Huge thanks to Liz Petley for overseeing the whole recruitment process. (You’ll be able to spot the Stewards because they each now have a striking purple ‘uniform’ to wear!)
We'd love to recruit more volunteer stewards so do let us know if you'd like to apply to join us. We'll be recruiting and training more stewards as time goes by. Come and see what we do and have a chat with us to find out more.
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant has allowed us to commission outside experts to carry out some aspects of the project. This includes our new website which will be online in due course - watch this space! We have also engaged a professional photographer to take some photographs of the church for the historical record and to capture church life.
Earlier in the year we recruited the creative talents of Secret City Arts, and they’ve been working hard. Filming is complete for three films written and made with Town Junior School on the early days of Sutton Coldfield (Romans, Saxons etc), Bishop Vesey and the coming of the railway to Sutton. These will be launched in church with the school - we’ll let you now more when plans are finalised.
On the historical research side, we have a student from Birmingham University, Danielle, helping us with scanning and recording a range of documents from church and other sources. A visit to Warwick County Record Office to look at a number of resources relating to the church was helpful. And local historian Roger Lea continues to help with this side of the project.
It’s great to see things start to come together to celebrate and share the heritage of Holy Trinity Church. Keep an eye on our Heritage Project page for more details and updates. We hope you’ll continue to support us, and come along (with your friends!) in the New Year when we begin to open the church to visitors.