Heritage project

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

Photo credit: Philip James Photography

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.

Holy Trinity Parish Church was thrilled to be  awarded a National Lottery grant for a project to run through 2017 and 2018. The £96,900 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award has 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 is a volunteer stewarding scheme to enhance the church’s interpretation and extend its opening hours.

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 have worked with these schools and the College to design resources which support elements of the National Curriculum and further and higher education courses.

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.

This should 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, truly heritage at the heart of our historic and Royal Town.

Project management

A steering group which reports to the Parochial Church Council oversees the project drawing on members of the church congregation and local interest groups.  We are very pleased to have both Sutton Coldfield Civic Society and Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group represented on the group and partnering much of our activity.  We also have strong links to schools and other local groups and are 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 project is managed by a volunteer Project Co-ordinator from the church congregation.

Want to get involved?

There are a number of ways you could support our project.  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 need more information, please email Stella Thebridge, Project Co-ordinator, in the first instance on: heritage@htsc.org.uk

‘Heritage at the Heart’ – project update March 2018

New website

Our new look church website has been funded by our heritage project and some of us are beavering away adding content to put a lot of history on the pages, but we are not there yet. So at the moment this site shows the regular church and Trinity Centre information, and the full heritage pages will go live in June, along side our Parade service on 10th June which will have a heritage focus. Keep the date free – all are welcome!

Opening times

We aim to have our first regular open sessions led by our trained stewards once the tower work is complete. This should be starting the second week of the Easter school holidays – more information to follow.

Heritage resources

The church family heritage trail, and films made with Town Junior School and our Scouts, will be launched to these groups first, again after Easter and then for congregation in June.

Knit and Natter members are turning their creativity to sewing, creating some wonderful dressing up costumes for children and adults.

Print resources are coming on apace alongside the web ones, with photography being undertaken, again after Phase 2 tower work.

Heritage Open Day 2018

We will have a big day along with other heritage attractions on Sat 15th September, across our church and TC. Please keep this free – we want lots of exciting things going on to attract all ages.

Thanks to all who have given so much time and energy already. Any further queries or offers of help on any part of the project – please speak to Stella Thebridge, 0121 329 2101 or email heritage@htsc.org.uk