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Series Of Free Lectures Focusing On Holy Trinity Church

Three fascinating lectures are taking place focusing on Guildford’s Holy Trinity Church in the High Street.

The tower of Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

All are free to attend, and first takes place on Monday, February 12, at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard at 7.30pm and will be given by well known local historian and writer David Rose.

Called Holy Trinity Steps: A Silent Witness to Guildford’s Past, his illustrated talk will focus on historic events that have taken place on or near the steps of Holy Trinity Church.

These include royal proclamations, public gatherings, notable services at the church, as well as events in the street such as the infamous Guy Riots, carnival processions and parades, cycle racing and, of course, the people linked with them.

The High Sheriff of Surrey, Major F. Paget-Hett, reads the Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II on the steps of Holy Trinity Church, on Friday, February 8, 1952.

On Wednesday, May 30, at at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard 7.30pm, the Rev’d Adrian Leak will give a talk titled Who Moved the Pulpit? Changes in Church Lay-out, Furnishing and Ornaments through the Centuries.

From the earliest times to the present-day churches and the design of their interior have reflected the changing demands of liturgy and the theological beliefs underlying them.

Adrian will be illustrating his talk with pictures showing the changing designs and positions of the altar, font, chancel screen, choir stalls, pulpit and pews in the English parish church.

The Rev'd Rod Pierce led the service, An Act of Commemoration for Centenary of Declaration of War, at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, on Monday evening, August 4.

The Rev’d Rod Pierce leading the service, An Act of Commemoration for Centenary of Declaration of War, at Holy Trinity Church, on Monday evening, August 4, 2014.

On Tuesday, July 10, at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard, Dr Mary Alexander’s talk is entitled Digging into the Past: Holy Trinity’s One Thousand Years of History.

This talk will unlock the secrets of Holy Trinity Church’s 1,000-year history, including the churchyard, the rectory, the houses along the eastern side of the churchyard and the developments on the High Street.

The Onslow crest on top of the clock face. An eagle crouching over a partridge. Much in need of repair and refurbishment.

The Onslow crest on top of the clock face. An eagle crouching over a partridge. Pictured ahead of refurbishment.

It is anticipated that esteemed historian Mary will be able to report on recent archaeological studies including the excavations into the mound in the churchyard and the use of ground-penetrating radar within the church to search for the lost crypt.

Colonel Patrick Crowley (retired) will give his talk on Tuesday, November 6, in Holy Trinity Church at 7.30pm. It is titled Your Local Regiment and its Links to Guildford and Surrey.

Hear about the military heritage of Guildford, through its local infantry regiment.

Established in 1661 on Putney Heath, the 2nd Foot, later The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, later joined with the East Surrey Regiment and now amalgamated within the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment has had strong links to Surrey and Guildford.

Hear about this unique relationship from a native of Guildford who is now the Deputy Colonel of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

A candle burns in Holy Trinity Church at the memorial to The Queen's Regiment.

A candle burns in Holy Trinity Church at the memorial to The Queen’s Regiment.

Holy Trinity Church has received significant Heritage Lottery Fund being used for substantial repairs and restoration work on this important Grade I listed building.

The latest work, starting in the next few weeks will be repairs to the steps leading down from the church to the High Street pavement.

As part of the grant, the church is committed to a variety of community engagement activities in 2018, including organising a heritage lecture series which is free to attend. Donations will be accepted to cover costs of refreshments.

For more details contact the Parish Office, Holy Trinity & St Mary’s, 5 Trinity Churchyard, Guildford GU1 3RR.

Tel: 01483 567716.

Email: office@holytrinityguildford.org.uk

Office Opening Hours (term time): Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm.

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