Jan 2017 Press Release: "Heritage at the heart of Sutton Coldfield" wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity Parish Church is delighted to announce the award of a National Lottery grant for the Heritage at the Heart of Sutton Coldfield project.  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.

 

 A new volunteer stewarding scheme will be established to enhance the church’s interpretation and extend its opening hours.  Interested individuals from the Royal Town aged 16 or over will be encouraged to sign up to the scheme to offer their time as stewards in the newly re-ordered church building.  Not only will they enable the church to remain open as much as possible outside of service times, they will learn about the history of the church and talk with visitors.  They will also show them ways to enhance their visit through print and digital resources.

 

The HLF grant will also enable the formation of a new education programme.  Local schools and the Sutton Coldfield campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College had already endorsed the aim of the project to enable the church to be open more regularly during the daytime for group visits.

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.  It is hoped that the acclaimed tower trips will be made available again on open days.

 

There are many personal stories of people associated with the church across the years which will delight visitors of all ages.  Above all, the church wishes to welcome those longstanding residents of our town who say from time to time “Holy Trinity?  Do you know I’ve never had occasion to go into that church!”

Commenting on the award, Stella Thebridge, Co-ordinator of the church project, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund are confident the project will support the people of Sutton Coldfield to learn more about their heritage and to share this with others.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to support Holy Trinity PCC with their comprehensive plans to open up the church to new audiences. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will provide fantastic volunteering, training and learning opportunities for the people of Sutton Coldfield to engage with their local heritage.”