Celebration as history project ends

A Celebratory lunch was held at Holy Trinity church to herald the end of a two-year history project.

It was the end of an era as the congregation and partners in Holy Trinity’s project, ‘Heritage at the Heart of Sutton Coldfield', came together for a feast in the historic church, on Church Hill, of Mill Street, last Sunday (February 3).

The project, made possible thanks to a £96,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has enabled a stewarding programme to beset up, the creation of a new church website with a large history section, and a wealth of resources to support visitors to the Grade I listed building.

Project co-ordinator Stella Thebridge said: “It was great to see so many of our supporters last Sunday.

“We had a glass of fizz to toast the future of the church and everyone who has contributed in some way to the project has received a special ‘thank you’ badge using the project logo.

“It was lovely to see representatives of local groups who have supported us, including the Civic Society and Sutton Coldfield LocalHistory Research Group, as well as the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Cllr Derek Griffin. Andrew Mitchell MP had a prior engagement, but sent a goodwill message, as did the Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston.”

The church will open again every Tuesday and Thursday from February 19, and on some Saturdays.

Visitors are always welcome, old and new, and a cuppa is always available.

℗ First published in the Sutton Coldfield Observer, February 8th 2019.