Terry's amazing model of landmark church

March 03 2017

PERMISSION has been granted to start work on the major phase to repair the church roof at Holy Trinity, Stapleton, after the congregation, parishioners and friends of the church have raised more than £70,000.

PERMISSION has been granted to start work on the major phase to repair the church roof at Holy Trinity, Stapleton, after the congregation, parishioners and friends of the church have raised more than £70,000.

 Builders will start to repair damage and replace the slates above the south aisle before the end of March. 

Fundraising continues throughout 2017 to bring in enough money to start on the next most urgent area of the roof in 2018 and continuing numbers of local residents have been motivated to help.

The new year started with the donation of a scaled model of the church from Terry Forse, who lives in the Snuff Mills and knows the church well having attended morning services there for many years as a pupil at Colston’s School. As a lad he remembers well the imposing beauty of the church in its elevated position on which he focussed when cycling each day, with increasingly less breath, up Bell Hill! 

The model is Terry’s second post retirement project, the first being a Victorian rocking horse for his grandsons made from the very benches he had sat on as a lad at Colston’s! In January 2016 a conversation with one of the congrgation led him to think that he could make a scaled model, despite the fact that his previous experience amounted to making paper aeroplanes and a few gliders.

During the spring and after research, which is detailed in a blue folder beside the model, he started the mammoth task, enlisting an old friend to help with taking photographs so he could make scaled plans. With much encouragement from family and friends and what he calls “a little artistic licence”, the model was completed.

Do drop into the church and look at the detailed construction. If it isn’t lit up, plug in the socket on the floor, (turning it off before you leave), unfasten the west window and take a peek inside and you will be amazed. The stained glass windows are photos of the actual windows, scaled down and printed on acetate. The model not only helps us to understand the work which is needed on the roof but will also be used as a focus for some future fundraising. It will be an integral part of an exhibition we are planning to hold in church, entitled Stapleton - then and now. Please contact Duncan dhstruther@aol.com (07791966276) if you have pictures, artwork, poems, articles which could be included in the exhibition.

The next fundraising event is an instrumental concert given by the Rector of the Church, Charles Sugden and his wife, Kath and their friends on Friday March 3 at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton. Tickets, available from 0117 965 2001, cost £8 and include refreshments. 

Delia Beake