Heritage project (2016-18)

Holy Trinity Parish Church: Heritage at the heart of Sutton Coldfield

The church community has always tried 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.

This has not been easy, particularly since the 1980s, when it was decided that the building could not remain unlocked during the week.

Holy Trinity Parish Church was therefore thrilled to be  awarded a National Lottery grant for a project in 2017 and 2018. The £96K Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award enabled our Grade I listed church to interpret and share the many strands of its 700-year history with the whole community.

Part of the project was the setting up of its volunteer stewarding scheme to enable the church to open once again outside of service times.  We are always keen to add to the number of stewards so that we can be open more often, so do check the information and email us if you would like to know more:  heritage@htsc.org.uk

We now also have resources to enhance group visits particularly by schools and colleges, but also for other interested community groups.

A further strand has been the creation of this website and of technology to enable the digitisation of historical resources both in and beyond the church.

We are now pleased to enable visitors in person and online to experience all aspects of our wonderful building and to raise awareness in the local community and beyond of the rich heritage resource that is Holy Trinity Parish Church and conservation site.  Together with our modern Trinity Centre we can offer space for every type of community event.  We can also  offer a 700-year heritage experience at the heart of our historic and Royal Town.

 

Detail from the tomb of Bishop Vesey

Heritage management

Although the funded phase is at an end, work continues among interested volunteers to research historical resources and make them available to our visitors.  We also continue with the open sessions every week to enable people to look round the church thoroughly and enjoy a cup of tea of coffee with a steward on hand to guide as required.

The work begun in the project continues under the banner of the Friends of Holy Trinity which in turn reports to the Parochial Church Council

Local interest groups continue to play a part in helping with research work and stewarding.  We are delighted particularly to work with both Sutton Coldfield Civic Society and Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group who were mainstays of our project.  We also continue our strong links to schools and other local groups and are very pleased to continue as members of the Birmingham Heritage Forum which is at the forefront of awareness-raising and support to its many and varied heritage members across the City.

The volunteer Project Co-ordinator continues to bring together research work and the stewarding scheme begun in the project.

Want to get involved?

There are a number of ways you could support our heritage work.  You might come and take a look if you have never been inside before or perhaps not seen the church since the major re-ordering project of 2016-18.  Look at our calendar (What’s on ) to check when we are open.

If you would like to know more about becoming a steward, please look at our dedicated volunteering page.

If you would like to book a visit for a school or community group, please get in touch.

If you need more information on any of these areas of our work, please email Stella Thebridge in the first instance on: heritage@htsc.org.uk

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