The Heritage Project 2014-15

 Open Days to Visit Trinity Methodist Church

The Trinity Heritage Project, was formally launched in November 2014, and has already organized a number of events and activities. The success of these has easily matched and indeed surpassed expectations; several more events are already planned and much more activity is both possible and anticipated.
We would greatly appreciate the help of anyone who feels able to offer to give some time to act as a welcomer or even a guide to tell visitors something about the church and its history. Information and gentle training will of course be provided; training for guiding around the church itself. It is hoped, of course, that the provision of open times in the church for visitors and the exhibition will be a great success, and it is intended to continue with the programme and to repeat, with variation, what is put on display, at appropriate times of the year.
If you would be interesting in participating to support this initiative, please complete this form or simply e-mail Professor John Hines, Chairman of the Property and Management Committee, Trinity Methodist Church, Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2EX. We would stress that it is not intended that anyone should be asked to undertake any rota duties on their own.
The Town Mayor Rosemary Cook and Chris Dunn



The Town Mayor Rosemary Cook with Chris Dunn who masterminded the exhibition.




William Gibbs discussing drama with Esme Mason and Pat Hubbard


William Gibbs discussing drama with Esme Mason and Pat Hubbard





Arthur Parish with his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Peter Gillespie



Arthur Parish at the Open Day reception 10 July 2015. He is accompanied by his daughter Elizabth and her husband Peter Gillespie.



West Window

West window

The west window needed substantial repairs to the surrounding stonework, so the whole was removed during the wild winds of January. It was a hazardous and cold job for the highly skilled craftsmen.  They fitted clear polycarbonate sheets to allow plenty of light until the original is repaired.




and after . .

East window

Now that the above work is completed, the view from inside with the sun shining is quite stunning.  Come along one sunny afternoon and have a look.



Churches wear out


Trinity was built in 1900 and 115 years later the weather has gradually eroded the softer sandstone materials. For example the problem with the west window wasn't the stained glass, but the stone mullions holding the glass.

Some bits fall off churches. The stormy weather in January 2015 dislodged one of the many finials that adorn the upper work at Trinity.  If you stand at the Woodlands entrance and look up past the notice board to a finial above the choir vestry, you will see the left-most is looking fresh and clean.

This is a close up, the picture below show the the original being copied by very skilled stone craftsmen duing March. It was lifted into position just in time for Easter 2015.




Old part

This section fell in the winds, damaging slates and guttering before falling to the ground. It was used as a model by the person who carved the new finial below.




You can watch a time elpase video of the Trinity finial being carved.









The skills to do this work are scarce. Our architect selected Architectural Stone, a firm in Cowbridge Road, Cardiff who employ craftsmen with exceptional skills.


Our Architect

We have appointed Martin J Killick BSc.(Hons). B.Arch.(Wales). MSc. (Cons.Hist.Bldg.) Bath. Architect R.I.B.A. SCA, to run the conservation project.  He is an experienced architect who specialises in conserving churches that are listed buildings.  He helped us select Richard Construction from those who tendered. They too specialise in work on churches that are Listed Buildings.

Martin said: "The hallmark of conservation work is that when it is all over and the scaffolding has gone, you can't see the difference!"  He monitors that work is carried out in accordance with CADW requirements and that we comply with the conditions imposed by the Heritage Lotery Funds and others who provided grant support.

By February 2015 about three quarters of the work has been completed. The project will probably be finished by the end of April.

Open Day

Heritage choir

Over 50 people heard a talk by Prof. John Hines setting the history of Trinity Church in the context of the development of Penarth at the turn on the 20th Century.  He described in detail the beauty of the very fine stained glass.

The Angela Morris-Parry Choir provided an excellent musical interlude and everyone was served coffee and home make cakes. An exhibition will open when the restoration work is finsihed.

If you have any old photographs or artifacts please allow us to take copies for our records.  E-mail:

Pride and prej

Trinity has always had a bouyant social side and tremendous talent among the drama group -  not only on stage but behind the scenes making props and scenery.


This was Pride and Prejudice before the BBC reached every home.




Alice in Wonderland. Methodists hiding behind masks.








Discussions, recollections, friendly chat . . . .  during the presentation given by John Hines on 24 January 2015.






Lots of people were interested in the information displayed as part of the Trinity Heritage project.



East window

Trinity want you
Discover some of the best stained glass in Wales,
learn the secret of our unique pulpit and why the
eagle is a war memorial.
Who were the people who built Trinity?
Who worshipped here?
What was the pattern of church life?
How important have churches been in Penarth’s
social and cultural life?
How has Trinity changed?
Do you or your family have links with Trinity -
either now or in the past?
Have you a story to tell?
belonged to Youth Club or Scouts?

Trinity Heritage

The recent conservation work has been funded from several sources. Helped by a generous legacy we received last year, the largest single contribution can be made from Trinity’s own resources, but very considerable and generous contributions have also come from a number of other bodies: the Vale of Glamorgan Methodist Circuit and Wales Synod, the Welsh Church Act fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are also hoping to receive a grant from CADW. With the funding from the HLF, it is essential that the church becomes more conscious of the value and importance of this building and its history as an aspect of the whole community’s ‘Heritage’. That should add a new dimension to its Christian mission and need not be feared as a distraction or alternative focus to that.

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant requires Trinity Methodist Church to share responsibility for exploring and presenting the important place the church has in the heritage and history of Penarth. The Trinity Heritage project means getting as many people as possible involved in reviewing what information there is about this, and what its significance is, and developing forms of exhibition and presentation of these resources and results. It means making the church more open to visitors as a site of heritage interest; but with that must go the explanation of what the church is essentially there for. Altogether this is a thoroughly welcome basis for a new shared activity within the church, together with, not just an open-door policy, but a stimulating new opportunity to interact more widely with the community.
The Trinity Heritage project was launched with an open meeting in the church on the afternoon of Sunday November 9th 2014. At that meeting, Chris Dunn and John Hines explained the background to this project, and answered questions on it They gave an illustrated introductions to the history and details of the church itself and the social history surrounding it. They explained further plans for heritage-related activities, where providing opportunities for and encouraging as many people as possible to become involved in exploring this heritage as widely as they like is perhaps the single most important objective.
Please let us know if you think you might be able to contribute in any way. Moreover this is an excellent opportunity to bring people who are not already connected to Trinity, or who may have had a past connexion with the church, into the project from the outset; if you know anyone like that, please let them know and invite them warmly to come along.
Chris Dunn and John Hines
Trinity Heritage Project

Heritage Lottery Fund

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A substantial proportion of the cost of repairs and refurbishment in the winter of 2014/15 is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will carry out essential conservation work and the church will be mounting an exhibition to explain the work as it progresses.  More importantly it will allow the wider community to know more of the beauty of our remarkable church.

We also have seven rooms which are used by the Penarth community for meetings, dance classes, mother and baby groups, uniformed societies, language lessons, drawing and painting, therapy sessions and for a daily lucheon club. Details can be seen at


As this website shows, we are a busy and active church and unusually we have two different congregations.  The traditional Methodist worship is held in the main body of the church and is traditional in style.

The other congregation (every bit as large) meets in the hall upstairs where worship is in the evangelical tradtion. It is much less formal, music being provided by a band of eight players and preaching is more spontaneous or driven by the spirit of the moment. Both end up with a coffee and chat session.

The church is 114 years old and inevitably needs constant maintenance. As it is a Grade 2 listed building we are required to carry out work carefully and to the specification determined by CADW. 

We are delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us a grant. We have provided these resources for over 100 years and it is great to know that we are a step closer to preserving this maginicent icon of Penarth for another century.