Holy Trinity Heritage Project
Holy Trinity Parish Church has been awarded a National Lottery grant for the project we’ve called ‘Heritage at the Heart of Sutton Coldfield’. The £96,900 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award will enable the Grade I listed church to interpret and share the many strands of its 700-year history with the whole community.
We’re setting up a new volunteer stewarding scheme to enhance the church’s interpretation and extend its opening
The HLF grant will also enable the formation of a new education programme, endorsed by local schools and the Sutton Coldfield campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College.
Commissioned artists will work with these schools and the College to design resources which support elements of the National Curriculum and further and higher education courses.
The church community is keen to share the many features of the building’s heritage, from the tomb of Bishop Vesey, through features of the building added since the thirteenth century, to
memorials, rare woodwork and stained glass.
Have a look at our January 2017 press release for more details. And see below for updates on how the Heritage Project is coming together including future events.
Want to get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved with any of our project work, please email Stella Thebridge, Project Co-ordinator, in the first instance on: email@example.com
Updates on progress
The Heritage Project Steering Group has now held six meetings and things are progressing well.
The development of the new website is well on track - watch this space!
We have engaged a professional photographer to take photographs of the church for the historical record and to capture church life.
Secret City Arts have been working hard. Filming is complete for three films written and made with Town Junior School on (1) the early days of Sutton Coldfield (Romans, Saxons etc), (2) Bishop Vesey; (3) the coming of the railway to Sutton. The Heritage trail and films will be ready in the New Year and will be launched with the school in church.
Historical research and recording
We have a student from Birmingham University helping us with scanning and recording a range of documents from church and other sources. Roger Lea continues to help with this side of the project and spoke about the history to our stewards’ training session.
In addition to a section of the new website devoted to heritage and history, there will be a family trail for visitors to church linking to web resources, a revised and completely new look guidebook and a comprehensive church history.
We've run training sessions now for those signed up to be Heritage Stewards. We hope to start opening the church at
regular times from the New Year - look out for the 'Church Open' boards.
Our stewards have been given their purple 'uniforms' - a fleecy gilet and polo shirt. So our stewards should be easy to spot in the church, and visitors will know who to ask for help.
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 we go along. Come and see what we do and have a chat with us to find out more.
Heritage Open Day - a great success!
Many visitors enjoyed the beauty of Holy Trinity on our most successful Heritage Open Day on Saturday, 9th September.
Bishop Anne kindly opened the day for us. The very popular trips up the tower gave unrivalled views of Sutton Coldfield and surroundings. Children enjoyed the bouncy castle, giant Jenga and gargoyle making. Sutton Chamber Choir entertained us and all enjoyed the homemade cakes in the cafe corner.
The day was topped off with an auction - the prize lot being a wonderful new painting of the church which we've also used to create this year's Holy Trinity Christmas Cards. See our gallery of pictures below.
If you didn't have the chance to visit on Saturday, you should soon be seeing the church open more often during the week. Do come in and have a look around!
Information update 2 - April 2017
Our first open morning will be on Sat 6th May between 10am and 12 noon. Please drop in to the church to learn about our new volunteer scheme for heritage stewards.
Whether you have seen the new interior or not, you are assured of a warm welcome!
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Secret City Arts who will work with community groups serving all ages including schools, societies and local history interest groups to create resources to support visitors to our church.
Please let us know if your group would like to be involved in developing visitor resources in any way. For more information on Secret City Arts’ work, go to: www.secretcityarts.com
They have a wide range of experience working across Birmingham, and we are excited to be working with them to help interpret our church’s heritage features and bring its history alive for visitors of all ages.
We are researching the records relating to the church in Sutton Coldfield Library, the Library of Birmingham, Warwickshire County Record Office and Birmingham Museum. We hope to recruit volunteers to help us with recording and writing.