The Cathedral of the Marshes
Friends Newsletter: 1 November 2018
We were very pleased to welcome new member Terry Goss to the Friends Trustees. Terry lives in the village and already does sterling service as one of our volunteer church closers.
The Friends were thrilled recently to receive an unrestricted donation of £5000 from a local resident who has been visiting the church for over 30 years. Holy Trinity has a small worshiping community and such gifts help enormously in maintaining this remarkable church for villagers, visitors and for future generations.
Owing to our Friends’ continuing support, we are making very good progress in our aim of upgrading all our windows to clear glass. Faculties for the remaining windows are being sought, and further donors have come forward which will enable us to begin the process when approval is granted.
As one time, when ‘tourist leaflet’ racks were sited in many local attractions, the church had one of its own. Even though the racks have largely disappeared, we are in the process of renewing this leaflet as our church still attracts between 12–15,000 visitors a year. At the same time, we will take the opportunity to redesign our membership leaflet.
Holy Trinity Open Day:
We held a very friendly and informative Open Day when some 30+ people joined us. The subjects covered by the two speakers, Image and Intervention: the reredos as a site for contemporary art and New Designs for Ancient Churches, complemented each other very well and provoked some lively, informal debate.
A few people – including the speakers – joined the tour of our artworks after the talks.
Holy Trinity, Blythburgh is offering a new service. But this one doesn’t involve hymns, prayers or a sermon! Thanks to local resident Colin Huggins, we’re able to provide a free, general interest tour of the church every Thursday at 11am. There’s no need to book, you simply turn up in the church porch. Children are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult throughout the tour. If you’d like to know more, call or text Colin on 0750 8888 460.
Christmas is coming
We do hope that those of you that live fairly near the church will be able to join us for a full programme of vents this Christmas season. The Christmas Market has become an essential fixture in the Christmas diary. It takes place this year on Saturday 24 November, from 12 noon until 4pm. People gather from far and wide to buy hand-crafted seasonal presents from local producers, to eat and drink delicious Christmas provender, and soak up the unique atmosphere of our ancient, but welcoming building.
In place of the monthly Choral Evensong, the renowned Blythburgh Singers will lead a Service of Advent Carols on Sunday 2 December at 6pm. They will again be in full voice for our Carol Service on Sunday 23 December at 4pm. The Crib Service for all ages is on Monday 24 December at 5pm, Midnight Eucharist is at 11.30pm, and Christmas morning family service at 10am. The Sunday 30 December morning service will be held at Southwold, not Blythburgh
Once again, a big Thank You for your generous support, which is very much appreciated.
Wishing you a wonderful season.
Chair of the Friends of Holy Trinity
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