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Friends Newsletter: Spring 2019

15 April 2019

Dear Friends

It’s spring in Blythburgh and the church is surrounded by daffodils. It looks magnificent.

Guided tours make a good start
In my last Newsletter I announced that local resident Colin Huggins was offering a free, general interest tour of the church every Thursday at 11am. These tours began in October and have been a great success. If you are planning a trip to Blythburgh, remember to include a Thursday! There’s no need to book, 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.

Giving and receiving
In 2018 we were thrilled to receive a £5000 gift from The le Roux Trust, bringing our total income for the year to £8,451.50. This sum also included the proceeds from a lovely evening of wine tasting, held in the church and hosted by Trustee Sonia Boggis, proprietor of Blythe Valley Wines.

Expenditure for 2018 was £8,491.51 which included the grant detailed below and the design and printing of our two new leaflets. You will find a copy of our accounts on this page of the website.


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 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.


Change of role
We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to our Membership Secretary and Treasurer. Sonia Boggis. We would like to thank her for seeing us through the last year and wish her well for the future. As a result, we will be looking for a new Trustee and reassigning our areas of responsibility, so I will be holding the two roles until the process is complete.


Looking forward to Easter
This year, our Easter services begin on Maundy Thursday with the foot-washing service for everyone in the Sole Bay area at 7.30pm. The children’s Easter Egg Hunt will take over the churchyard on Friday 19 at 5.00pm. Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist is at 11.00am. We do hope some of you can join us.


Evensong innovation
On Sunday 5 May at 6.00pm – in a unique change to our very popular service of choral evensong – the Blythburgh Singers will be joined by Norwich Baroque for a service of sung Holy Communion based on Schubert’s Mass No 2 in G major.


And finally, save the date for our Open Day: Saturday 18 May, 2.30 – 4.00pm
We are really excited about plans for this day together. Our speaker is Canon Roy Tricker, a Reader and Lay Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and an expert on Suffolk’s churches. Roy was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 for his services to heritage in Suffolk. We hope you can join us.


With very best wishes

Meryl Doney, Chair of the Friends of Holy Trinity

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Friends of Holy Trinity, Blythburgh, Treasurers Report for Financial Year 2018  


I would like to formally thank our “Friends” who support this church through their donations and enable us to make grants which help with the upkeep and ministry of Holy Trinity Blythburgh.



The Independent Examiner reported was issued on the 7 February 2018 and identified no matters requiring attention.

We are grateful to Mr. Richard Meadows for acting as our Independent Examiner. 


The total income for 2018 was £8,451.50, an increase of £1873.47 which included (i) income from a single gift of £5,000 and (ii) income from events.


Total expenditure for 2018 was £8,491.51 primarily comprised of (i) a grant to Holy Trinity Blythburgh PCC of £7,899.00 and (ii) expenses of £344.00 associated with the design and printing of 2 x new leaflets for Holy Trinity, Blythburgh.


Financial Balance

The balance on 31.12.2018 was £62,235.67 a small reduction of £40.01 from 2017.


Sonia Boggis

Presented 27 March 2018 at the AGM & Trustees Meeting