21st Sep, 2020

Heritage Open Days festival: Take a journey with the Holy Trinity team in Redditch

STEP out on a journey of discovery in the company of the Holy Trinity team in Redditch as part of the Heritage Open Days festival 2020.

From the comfort of your own living room it’s a chance to not only take a look behind the scenes of a major local landmark but also find out more about the local surroundings.

Their virtual tour runs from the ruins of Bordesley Abbey and the site of the original St Stephen’s Chapel as the church moves from field to factory.

All four Holy Trinity Redditch churches will all be featured – St Leonard’s Beoley, St Philip’s Webheath, St Bartholomew’s Tardebigge and St Stephen’s on Church Green in the town centre.

Not only that but included is a rare opportunity to take a virtual tour of the tallest tower in Redditch, the spire of St Stephen’s, and to see the bells.

As well as the incredible views there is a ring of eight bells in the tower.

The bells themselves have their own history, with six fitted in 1857 by the Warner Company and the other two in 1896 by John Taylor of Loughborough.

The third bell invites ‘Good people all, when we call, come to pray, stay not away’.

The tower also houses the clock mechanism, which needs to be set roughly once a week, and dates back to 1809.

Also on show will be tiles from Bordesley Abbey dating back to the 13th Century and historic photographs of the church choir through the ages.

All this while church organists Philip Jarvis and Julie Bradbury play in the background.

Joining in couldn’t be easier, simply visit https://bit.ly/34J8FQu or visit https://www.holytrinityredditch.org.uk.

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