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Darlington: renovated church plans big community impact

An historic church in Darlington is putting on a year of events to celebrate its fresh lease of life ...

Historic Holy Trinity Church in Darlington is to stage a year-long programme of exciting events to celebrate renovations designed to grow its congregation and increase its community involvement.

The church in Woodlands Road has carried out a £450,000 repair and improvement project to safeguard its future after securing grants and more than £100,000 in legacies. The bulk of the money, £250,000, came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The church, which was consecrated in 1838, is a grade II* historic building which required repair and now it has arranged a year of events starting on February 20 to celebrate the success of the work, including an appearance by a vintage singing group, a choral concert, an appearance by a silver band, an art exhibition, summer fair, talks and an event featuring television antiques expert David Harper.

The improvements will enable more school visits, concerts, open days and community events to happen and new interpretative material will heighten people’s awareness of the value of the building.

The Ven Nick Barker said: “We are thrilled with the work that has been done. The church itself has great quality and we have sought to respect that in the renovations completed. Due to the generosity of many we give thanks to God that we have been able to do more than we ever thought possible. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their substantial grant. The congregation is excited about all we have achieved and all that lies ahead.“

Holy Trinity was built as a chapel of ease to St Cuthbert’s church to meet the needs of the expansion of Darlington after the arrival of the railway. The foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1836. The roof that has been replaced was the original roof and needed replacing after 175 years.

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