The Cathedral of the Marshes
Friends Newsletter: 1 March 2018
Tom (Toby) Lond-Caulk 1936-2018
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our dear friend and long-standing Trustee of the Friends, Tom Lond-Caulk, has died, aged 82. Tom was Church Warden of Holy Trinity for more then 20 years, and Churchwarden Emeritus for a further three. He also acted as unofficial verger, and the product of his engineering skills can be seen throughout the church. His funeral was held in a packed church, filled with family, friends and villagers. He was a kind, loyal, humble man who gave a great deal to church and village life. We will miss him.
A grant from the Friends
As you know, the PCC have embarked on a programme of reglazing with clear glass as many of our windows as possible. Last year a generous donation enabled us to tackle a fifth window, this time on the north side. This work necessitated stonework repairs and conservation of the medieval stained glass. I am very happy to report that we, on your behalf as Friends of Holy Trinity, have been able to make a grant of £7,899 towards this restorative work.
A busy Christmas
The Christmas season was as busy as ever. The Blythburgh Christmas Market, held in the church at the end of November, was a roaring success. The church was heaving with people buying gifts or just getting a (literal) taste of Christmas cheer. The event raised £685.
This year we staged the Christmas musical A Lion for the King – an original take on the traditional story of the Three Wise Men. The cast of 14 children, ranging from 4 to 12 years, was drawn from schools and churches across the Sole Bay area. An audience of over 120 families and villagers enjoyed the show.
Two carol services featured sublime music by the Blythburgh Singers. Carol singers serenaded the village. Families flocked to the crib service on Christmas Eve, and yet more came to services at midnight and then on Christmas morning. The aggregate number of participants at Advent and Christmas events was some 600 or more. And, as a result of people’s generosity, we raised over £1,000, which will be shared between the homeless charity, St Mungo’s, and development projects in our linked diocese of Kagera in Tanzania.
Looking forward to Easter
This year, our Palm Sunday service begins at 9.30am on 25 March. A Maundy Thursday foot-washing service will be held at St Margaret’s Reydon at 7.00pm. On Friday 30 March at 5.00pm the children will be building an Easter Garden in Blythburgh church,
followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the churchyard. Our Easter Sunday Eucharist service is at 11.00am, followed by Choral Evensong with the Blythburgh Singers at 6.00pm.
During Holy Week the Sole Bay Team are planning a full-scale Easter production entitled The Southwold Passion. The play begins on St. Bartholomew Green outside St Edmund’s Church and then moves into the church. Performances are on Monday 26 March at 7pm, Tuesday 27 March at 2.30pm (designed for those who will find the play’s different locations a challenge) and Wednesday 28 March at 7pm. For more information and tickets, please telephone 01502 722572.
Save the date for our Holy Trinity Open Day: Saturday 19th May 2018
We are really excited about plans for this day together. Our immensely qualified speakers will be focussing on the place of art and artists in the contemporary church. I do hope you can join us.
Illustrated talk: Image and Intervention: the reredos as a site for contemporary art.
Laura Moffatt, Director of Art and Christianity and member of the Church Buildings Council.
3.00 Break for tea and cake.
Short tours of the church and contemporary artworks.
3.30 Illustrated talk: New Designs for Ancient Churches.
John Maddison, artist, designer, and member of the Advisory Committee of the Norfolk Churches Trust and of the Historic Churches Committee of the Diocese of East Anglia.
Change of role
As we begin this year, I am very grateful and relieved that Sonia Boggis has agreed to take on the role of Membership Secretary and Treasurer. We have a very healthy, happy band of Friends and I am pleased to say that we have been able to welcome eight new
members in 2017. We look forward to many more in 2018.
With very best wishes
Chair of the Friends of Holy Trinity
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