Past Events - the last few years
Here we let you know about events that have been held within the last few years at Holy Trinity, together with any pictures we took at the time. If you weren't able to be with us on this occasion we hope you'll come along to future events!
Bring & Share Meal to Celebrate the Birth of Princess Charlotte and Pentecost - 24th May
We held a bring & share party, in the Trinity Centre, to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte and Pentecost, the birth of the Church.
Weekend at the Farm - 24th/25th May
At the end of May Brian and Mary Dixon kindly invited members of the Holy Trinity congregation to spend the weekend at their farm. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind but a good time was had by all anyway. A big thank you to Brian and Mary for their warm hospitality!
See below for some photos of the weekend.
Saturday 3rd May - Bluebell wood walk
On Saturday 3rd May 2014 we met in the car park of the Green Man in Middleton to take a walk together through the nearby bluebell woods. It was a little muddy underfoot in places but the sun shone and the sky was blue. The woods were just beautiful! It was a very enjoyable amble through the countryside followed by a little sustenance in the pub afterwards.
If you weren't able to join us this time look out for notices next year. And enjoy the photos below which hopefully give you some idea of how lovely the bluebells were.
Sunday 28th July - Bring & Share Meal
To celebrate the birth of William and Catherines son George we held a Bring & Share Lunch.
Burns Night/Post Christmas Party
Saurday 26th January, We had our Post Christmas Party and celebrated Burns Night.
On Saturday the church was transformed into a theatre as we were held spellbound by the dramatic skills of Alison Neil - 'the Just William Lady'.
In four acts Alison took the 'stage' with her one-woman show, a lively and affectionate look at the life of Richmal Crompton.
Richmal Crompton was at the centre of a large and eccentric family; there was the brother who ran away to Africa, the grandfather who drank acid, the nephew and niece who were kidnapped, and the mother who saved Richmal's life. There was also Tommy…Richmal's nephew and the real-life inspiration for William Brown.
Alison was poignant, expressive and very funny!
So now we know that our newly re-ordered church works magnificently as a theatre. Maybe this will just be the first of many plays and dramatic performances in the future.
On Saturday 3rd December we were treated to a concert by the exceptional international concert pianist, Di Xiao.
Through a wide range of classical pieces Di Xiao conjured up vivid images of water, dance and moonlight.
It was particularly wonderful to hear the pieces of Chinese music which would have been new to most of us.
It was lovely to see so many people there to enjoy this 'Friends of Holy Trinity' concert in our beautiful church.
If you missed Di Xiao this time, watch out for more concerts in future years (we hope!). And have a look at the list of other concerts and events in our 2016-17 season - there's sure to be something that appeals.
Church choirs are known to be particularly busy in the run-up both to Christmas and to Easter, but you may be surprised to know this doesn't make our task any lighter over the summer. At a church like Holy Trinity there are a fair number of weddings and we are often asked to lead the singing for these. It is quite a privilege and each service is always surprisingly different. We actually get 'the best seats in the house' as we are facing the couple as they make their vows.
This year our annual Civic Service was deferred from May to July, partly because of the General Election, but also because John Routh, our Rector, was on Sabbatical leave, so this will be his
first service back with us on 12th July. There will be an anthem from the choir by John Rutter which has also been requested for a wedding in September (For the beauty of the earth).
Although we will have a few weeks break from practices during the summer months we are also starting to think about some of our autumn commitments. We hope to join the Royal School of Church Music's area festival in October in St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham where we will sing Vespers using a specially written service commemorating themes of justice arising from Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary year.
We may also join in one of the concerts scheduled for next year's Friends' season - watch this space!
If you read this before Saturday 20th June don't forget to attend the Midsummer Muse concert of poetry and gentle jazz in church at 7.30pm, a perfect end to our season and a chance to enjoy the
summer weather outside during the interval (we hope!)
Brian and Mary invited the congregation to their farm to help Brian blow the candles out on his birthday cake. There were several activities arranged for those members of the congregation that went from walks to buggy rides to clay pigeon shooting. We were welcomed by them and their family, their hospitality was very generous all enjoyed the day.
Our Jubilee Party was held at 10.00am in the Trinity Centre on 5th June. Over 50 adults and children attended a 'Bring & Share' lunch party, watching the service of thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral on the big screen and joining in. There was a Royal Quiz, a Sing Along lead by Lesley, Michael, Stella and Mark, a cake made by Pam and plenty of fellowship and fun. Jill Ferguson who celebrates her 90th birthday on Saturday cut the cake for us.
During tonight's evening service the congregation were treated to a performance of Jerusalem Joy, an Easter musical. Written by Roger Jones, it tells the story of Easter from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. Holy Trinity Choir was supported by members of Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, members of the congregation and singers from other local churches. They were accompanied by Michael Gainford on the piano, and Leslie Gainford and James Petley on the clarinet. A special thank you to our Director of Music, Stella Thebridge and our soloists, Alex, Neil, David and Nick.
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We started the New Year with something for everyone. A three course meal, followed by a quiz challenge, party games, musical interlude by Lesley and Michael Gainsford, sing-a-long lead by Alex Parker accompanied by Lesley and Michael, and a 'dramatic' performance of the Russian folk story 'Babushka' by members of the congregation. A big thank you to the Social Committee for putting it all together.
John and Kristina, Sue and Colin Anniversary Party
Sunday 29th August, John and Kristina, Sue and Colin held a joint party for the congregation to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary. It was held after the morning service.
Wendy's Bring and Share Sixtieth Birthday Party 11th December
Wendy wanted to share her birthday with her church family, so we had a bring and share lunch to celebrate. The congregation brought the food and Wendy brought Bucks Fizz for everyone. She also brought raffle prizes and we raised £93 for the church.
Just 4 Starters evening - Saturday 3rd December
A team of men from Holy Trinity have run successful Pudding Evenings in the past and were asked to consider those with a more savoury palate and do a Starters Evening. So there were four starters and one pudding with a quiz round between each course.
The courses were:
1 Carrot and Coriander Soup served with French bread
2 Pears poached in red wine with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
4 Terrine of Pork with apple chutney and French Bread
5 Apple Crumble served with your choice of Custard or Fresh Cream 6 Mince Pies.
We also had a talk from Susie, our group youth leader, on her life as a nun, which was very interesting, with questions after.
Fifty Six members of the congregation and friends came and had a really good time.
Study Day on Medical Science and Religion - 19th Nov 2011
Speakers Dr Fiona Reynolds – Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Consultant
Rev Paul Nash - Senior Chaplain
All from Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Staffordshire Hoard - 10th September 2011
We had a trip to see the Staffordshire Hoard at Tamworth Castle. A brief tour of the castle then the exhibition. A very enjoyable and interesting trip.
Strawberry Tea - 31st July 2011
We had a wonderful afternoon raising 'seed money' for the Flower Festival by drinking tea and eating cakes, scones, strawberries and cream! All in the beautiful surroundings of Mary and Brian's garden.
It was a lovely afternoon, the weather was kind (very unusual for a summer event) and everyone enjoyed the chance to eat far more cake than normal (it was all in a good cause!).The event raised over £600.