On Sunday 13 September the bells rang out and Services resumed, Griff Fellows writes: We’ve dipped our toes in the water and held the first Sunday service in our church building since lockdown began. The service followed the familiar form with prayers, bible readings, sermon and hymns. We were not allowed to sing, but we could still concentrate on the words as the music played. Government recommendations were followed to the letter and we felt perfectly safe. No conversations were allowed in the church building but there was opportunity to talk outside. The service was much more than a toe in the water, more a proper swim. Take the plunge!
Marjorie was an intrinsic part of our church family at Trinity for many, many years. She had been a devoted volunteer at Trinity Todder group for some 34 years, and for many families was the face of Trinity Church as she greeted them at the door week by week. She was also an active participant at Evergreens, the Friendship group, and the Thursday group.
She was also for many years a Sunday School teacher at the Congregational Church on the Square before they joined with Trinity. She and the family moved into the family house in Darrell Way, Abingdon when it was first built in 1953.
There was a lovely funeral service on Friday 18th October 2019. Marjorie had left instructions in her old bible from the Congregational years. She loved to sing and it included three hymns: Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us; The Lord’s my shepherd (Stuart Townsend version); and Jesus is Lord. Deacon Selina Nisbett gave the address and described Marjorie as ‘a very dear friend’. Marjorie’s son Alan (a Minister elsewhere) gave the Eulogy and then passed the microphone round for other contributions. Marjorie’s instructions ended with don’t forget to book the caterer. We all joined together afterwards in the Conduit Centre for a good spread. Marjorie asked for donations in her memory for Trinity Church.
Condolences to her family near and far, and friends, who will feel her loss greatly and we hold them in prayer.
Trinity Church has decided to make improvements to the entrance and the facilities in the Conduit Centre. Over 700 people a week use the Centre. It hosts more than 20 community groups on a regular basis.
The new facilities will enable easier access for the disabled and infirm and for the children who use the Centre. The project will include environmentally friendly changes which will save on heating and lighting.
Covid-19 project update in April 2020 – The builders have had to stop work as they could no longer get supplies of materials. However, when they finished, the building was wind and water tight with the new windows installed and the roof finished. They have also progressed well with the interior. They estimate that when work resumes there will be four to five weeks of work left to do.
The First Phase (Summer 2019)
• Replacement toilets in the facilities off the Main Hall often used by children taking part in activities or by other groups
• Integrated seat facilities for children
• Provision of hot water in these toilets
The Second Phase (January 2020)
• A new front door to provide easy access for wheelchairs
• New toilet facilities and a greater number of toilets
• A separate disabled toilet opposite the front door for easy access
• A baby-changing facility
• LED lighting
• More storage
• Enclosure of the open tread staircase making the stairs safer.
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Trinity Church is grateful for the generous support of a number of organisations for grants and donations towards the project as follows:
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council
Beatrice Laing Trust
Doris Field Charitable Trust
FCC Communities Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Northampton Methodist District
Norwood and Newton Settlement
The Cumber Family Charitable Trust
The Gladiator Trust
United Reformed Church Wessex Trust
Wantage & Abingdon Methodist Circuit
6th Abingdon Scout Group
Abingdon and District National Trust Association
Trinity Evergreen Club
Over 70 past and present supporters of TrinityLearning, including the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks, gathered together at Trinity Church on Thursday 26th September to mark 10 years of supporting well-being in Abingdon schools.
Rosemary Perrow, the retiring Education Development Officer, was presented with gifts and cards by Reverend Ian Griffiths, who explained how TrinityLearning has developed from small beginnings as a church project into the growing charity it is today. Revd Griffiths reflected on Rosemary’s many years of service to Abingdon schools and the ongoing impact of the TrinityLearning’s work in the lives of Abingdon’s young people.
The current Education Development Officer, Nicola Williams, spoke briefly about current projects including TrinityLearning’s new Thinking Books Mentoring Scheme which is just rolling out in the area’s primary schools.
The latest edition of Hello Abingdon, Trinity Learning’s community newsletter project, has hit the streets. The June 2019 newsletter has been put together by six Year 5 pupils from Carswell Community School and has a front page picture showing Summer in Abingdon!.
The magazine includes an article on Abingdon’s Traditional Morris Men, whose Mayor Making happened on 15th June.
The children had a great time meeting Roger and Harry from the Morris, and tried the dances.
There followed a survey on the Abbey Grounds Play Area and Swimming Pool which gets a ‘brilliant’ rating. There is also a piece about the wildlife in that area, including the butterflies in the bee garden, ducks and geese. The children thanked Adrian from Abingdon Naturalists Society for helping their research.
The children’s feedback after doing the magazine was:
+ it was fun learning new things
+ it helped me talk to people
+ we learnt new IT skills
+ it was good to use our skills on something useful.
To find out more about Trinity Learning’s work with schools visit their website: www.trinitylearning.org.uk
The magazine can be downloaded and read at https://trinityabingdon.org.uk/documents/trinitylearningnewsjune2019.pdf