Church Re-opening After 20 Year Vision to Restore Historic Building
23rd November 2015
Holy Trinity Church Wallington is re-opening this week after a 20 year vision to restore the building to its former splendour for future use. The historic parish church of Wallington will be officially opened by the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, at an opening ceremony on Sunday 29th November at 10.30am, followed by a church service at which The Venerable Chris Skilton, Archdeacon of Croydon, will give the address.
Holy Trinity Church was built in 1867 to seat 530 people, at a time when the population of Wallington was only around 650. This same foresight was sought in 1995 when plans were drawn up to restore the dilapidated Grade 2 listed building to serve a 21st Century community, while preserving its history and charm. Extensive building work began in September 2014 after years of fundraising. The work included repairs to the flint wall and stained glass; replacing a section of the roof to its original design; the cleaning of stonework; redecoration in original colours; new flooring with energy efficient underfloor heating; disabled access and parking; and the landscaping of the grounds.
The work was completed by the contractor, Buxtons, in 15 months with stunning results. Church Warden and Project Leader, Anthony Reeves said of the work, “The building has been carefully restored to repair, retain and renew many historical features and decorations. It remains a beautiful historical local parish church which has served the community of Wallington for nearly 150 years and is now fit for service for the future.”
Revd Stephen Coe, Vicar of Holy Trinity, said “We are delighted with the work on the church which is now a stunning space for great events. We would like to express our gratitude to Buxtons, our funders and all those who have given time, effort and money to make this vision a reality. A big thank you to the local residents and businesses who have shown an interest in the project and put up with the disruption. We would like to extend a warm invitation to our opening events and services.”
The building renovation project cost around £1.7M pounds, which was largely raised by the congregation members. Generous grants were also received from Viridor Credits Environmental Company (through the Landfill Communities Fund), Beatrice Laing Trust, and the All Churches Trust. John Lockwood, CEO of Viridor Credits said, “churches have played a pivotal role in their communities for centuries and the project undertaken by Holy Trinity Church, 20 years in the making, will ensure that it continues to provide vital support and community space for many more years to come. Viridor Credits, and the Landfill Communities Fund, is proud to have supported such a project.”
Following the opening ceremony on Sunday 29th November, the church will be open to welcome visitors on Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th December from 9am to 4pm, and will host a reception evening on Thursday 3rd December from 7pm to 9pm. Information about the work and guided tours of the building will be offered along with refreshments. More details can be found at www.htchurch.uk.
Notes to Editor
Contact: Anthony Reeves, Church Warden. t: 020 8647 7605. Email here.
Holy Trinity is a parish church of the Church of England in the Southwark Diocese. It holds four Sunday Services and runs various weekly community activities, including the Bluebirds toddler group. More information can be found at www.htchurch.uk.
Holy Trinity Church houses at least two hand painted stained glass windows crafted by Mr A. O. Hemming, described by a member of the National Arts Fund in 1929 as among “the finest examples of stained glass windows in the kingdom”.
The church still needs to raise £55,000 to complete the renovation project.
The date of the church opening ceremony, 29th November, is the same date that the church Trinity Centre work was inaugurated in 2002, the date on which centre was opened in 2003, and the date on which the original church hall was opened in 1952, which the Trinity Centre replaced.
The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.1%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make. Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax. For more information about Viridor Credits, see: bit.ly/1Xl2Vhw
Attached images: Photographs of Revd Stephen Coe, Vicar of Holy Trinity (left) and Anthony Reeves, Church Warden and Project Leader (right) outside the new glass church door; and the Holy Trinity Church building, including the new access steps onto Manor Road. Copyright: Holy Trinity Wallington. Publication of the images on this page is permitted in conjunction with the above story; all rights are reserved for images on the rest of the website. Larger images are available upon request.