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Christmas 2011

The church was beautifully decorated to welcome everyone to the Christmas services, with a crib scene, Christmas tree and seasonal decorations. 

Crib scene

Christmas flowers
Christmas tree

Messy Church - Sunday 27 November
Many churches natiowide are already running "Messy Church" and our aim is to encourage families to come and enjoy themselves at Holy Trinity too.  Our first "Messy Church" for children accompanied by a parent or carer was held in the church hall on Advent Sunday, 27th November.  

This was  a time for parents and children of all ages to come to a fun afternoon of stories, music, songs and crafts, followed by a simple meal together.  The theme for our first session was "Advent - Preparing for Christmas".  The afternoon was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody - children, parents and carers and helpers. 

Parish Christmas Fair
The parish Christmas Fair was held on Saturday 19 November.  In addition to seasonal stalls and refreshments, there was entertainment provided by the handbell ringers. 

Christmas fair

Christmas fair
Christmas fair
Christmas fair

Remembrance Service and Parade
The Civic Remembrance Service was held at Holy Trinity on Sunday 13 November and the church was full to capacity.  The service was followed by the Parade to the Cenotaph and the photographs show the Parade leaving the church. 

Remembrance Parade 2011

Remembrance Parade 2011

Remembrance Parade 2011

Remembrance Parade 2011

Remembrance Parade 2011

Remembrance Parade 2011

Piano Concert
On Friday 11 November the American pianist “Carmen” performed a piano concert at Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno, as part of her UK tour.  This was an enjoyable evening of Broadway and classical pieces. 

"50 Favourite Psalms"
Saturday 22 October
Psalms from the King James Bible were read by members of Llandudno churches
This was a Bible Society event. 

Blagovest Ensemble Concert

Blagovest poster
Blagovest Ensemble at Holy Trinity
Following the success of last year’s concert, we were once again delighted to welcome Blagovest Choral Ensemble of St Petersburg, who performed a wonderful concert of folk and spiritual choral music on Sunday 2 October. 

"Based at the St Petersburg Conservatoire – the centre of traditional Russian choral music - the Blagovest Ensemble is noted for its musicians’ high professionalism and their unashamed passion for the music they love to share.  Their concert repertoire includes pearls of Russian choral a cappella music, both spiritual and secular.
"Russian choral music, with its distinctive melodic patterns, holds a unique place in the musical culture of the world - due in no small measure to the Russian Orthodox Church, which allows only the sound of the human voice to praise God in worship and whose choral tradition goes back a thousand years.  Even a small ensemble allows an audience to feel the dramatic and melodic wealth which characterises this music. It fascinates with its beauty and strength and leaves nobody indifferent. 

"Censored in Soviet Russia for almost 70 years, it is only in recent years that the masterpieces of Russian choral spiritual music have sounded again, thanks to the work of professional musicians like Blagovest, who are devoted to this wonderful genre. Today this music is experiencing a second birth, allowing us all to re-open forgotten pages of world culture."

Harvest festival decorations
Harvest Festival

The church was beautifully decorated wth flowers, fruit and vegetables for the harvest thanksgiving on Sunday 2 October. 

The 10.30 am service was a Family Eucharist, including a presentation by the Sunday School, and was followed by a delicious bring-and-share harvest lunch. 

Harvest festival flowers
Harvest festival flowers
Harvest decorations
Harvest lunch

Open Churches Day
Holy Trinity took part in the national Open Churches Day on Saturday 17 September.  The day is organised annually by the Churches Tourism Network Wales. 

Organ Music in August
There was a series of lunchtime organ recitals each Wednesday during August.  The organ at Holy Trinity is one of the finest in the land and this was an opportunity for more people to enjoy it.  The music played was of a fairly popular nature, including some of the old favourites.  The soloists were:

3rd -    Michael Rhodes (Victoria Hall, Hanley)
10th  -    Fay Adamson  (St Paul’s, Llandudno)
17th  -    John Hosking (St Asaph Cathedral)
24th  -    Charles Jones (Holy Trinity)     
31st  -    Norman Rimmer (Holy Trinity)

Deanery Pilgrimage
A very special pilgrimage walk for members of our parishes took place on Friday 26th August. It began at 9.30 a.m. in the Chapel in Abergwygregyn village with a short act of worship.  Cars were then taken to the car park for Aber Falls from where we walked across the hills to Llanbedr ending the day with a hot or cold meal in the Bull Hotel.
Fr John, Area Dean of Arllechwedd

University of Warwick Chamber Choir
The University of Warwick Chamber Choir  performed at Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno aon Thursday 14 July, as part of their tour to North Wales and Chester.  This highly talented group of young singers provided an evening soirée of both moving and amusing music from the 1500s to the 21st century in a fabulous programme that had something for everyone. 

Sunday School and Parish Picnic
On Sunday July 17th we had a Family Eucharist at Holy Trinity during which the Sunday School Prize Giving ceremony took place.  The service was followed by a ‘bring and share’ picnic to which everyone was invited.

It’s important that as a parish we mix socially from time to time as well as worship together; but it’s especially important that we take the opportunity to meet our Sunday School leaders and their children.  The only contact most members of the congregation have with the Sunday School is to see them briefly when they come to the altar at Communion week by week, or when they take part in a family service.  This was an opportunity to meet them socially and perhaps find out more about what goes on in the Hall on a Sunday morning when the rest of us are in church.
Fr. John

Strawberry Tea
There was a Strawberry Tea in aid of the Bible Society in the church hall on Thursday 16 June from 12.00 noon till 4.00 pm.  The Strawberry Tea consisted of strawberries, cream, homemade scone, bara brith, shortbread and a pot of tea, all for just £3.00!  Sandwiches and cake were also available for those who wanted a light lunch.  

On Sunday 15th of May, the Bishop of Bangor visited Holy Trinity to administer the rite of Confirmation during the 10.30 am Eucharist service.  This year we had four candidates for Confirmation: two junior and two adults, shown here with the Rector and Bishop Andrew after the service. 
Confirmation 2011

Christian Aid Week and other events

Christian Aid week was from Sunday 15th May to Saturday 21st May, the Christian Aid Joint Churches and Chapel service was held at Seilo on Sunday 15 May and Parchedig Dafydd Roberts was the preacher.  As part of Christian Aid Week there was a Coffee Morning on Thursday 19 May in Holy Trinity Church Hall.  

Another Coffee Morning for Christian Aid was held at Holy Trinity on Thursday 21 July and  the Summer Market on Thursday 18 August.

North Wales Coast Branch of the Aircrew Association laid up its Standard
On 8 May, the North Wales Coast Branch of the Aircrew Association laid up its Standard at Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno. Membership of the Association was open to anyone having been awarded a flying badge who was serving or who had served in the RAF, the Army, the Royal Navy or the forces of commonwealth and other nations. The national organisation recently resolved to disband the Association because of a dwindling number of members, many of whom were World War 2 veterans. Last year, the worldwide membership was 4500, down from a peak of over 40000 in the mid-1990s. With 75% of members being aged 80 or more, it was inevitable that the Association was experiencing a loss of energy and was becoming unviable.

The North Wales Coast Branch which meets at Llandudno’s RBL Club had, at its peak, over 60 members. However, in line with the national organisation, continuation has now become impractical and as a consequence, the Branch is disbanding this year. Its Standard was entrusted to the care of Holy Trinity Church at the 10.30 service on Sunday 8 May and will be laid up in the church’s Memorial Chapel. The Rector of Llandudno Parish, the Rev Prebendary John Nice received the Standard for safe keeping from the Branch’s Chairman, Arfon Evans. The Branch’s Chaplain, the Rev Prebendary Robert Griffiths, Rector of Rhos-Cystennin Parish, was the guest preacher.

Holy Week and Easter
Holy Week began with the Palm Sunday celebrations, which included a palm procession around the church led by two donkeys and pictures of this can be seen in the Parish Magazine for May 2011. 

On the Tuesday evening, a service of the Stations of the Cross was followed by a Table Eucharist in the Memorial Chapel. 

On the Wednesday evening there was a Service of Light and Shadows at St. Tudno's Church  and there are more details of this on the St. Tudno's 2011 page. 

On Maunday Thursday the evening Eucharist included the Washing of Feet and was followed by stripping of the altars (photograph below left). 

On Good Friday there was a children's service with activities in the morning and the
Cytûn  Procession of Witness through the town from the Emmanuel centre finished with an open air service at Holy Trinity, supported by Llandudno Town Band (photograph below right).

Easter Day began with the Easter Vigil service at St. Tudno's at 5.30 am, followed by breakfast (see
the St. Tudno's 2011 page), while Holy Trinity was beautifully decorated for the Parish Eucharist (right). 

Easter flowers
Holy Trinity altars
Good Friday service

Lent Events with Rhoscystennin Parish
Lent Compline:  7.00 pm each Wednesday during Lent in the Hospital Chapel, beginning on 16 March.

Lent study course: "Growing the Church - Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles and the Contemporary World Church".  This was a course from USPG comprising five weekly meetings with a choice of times and venues.

Sunday Evening Prayer during Lent
On the Sundays in Lent at the 5.00 pm service we explored the riches of the new Church in Wales Morning and Evening Prayer Book. 

Archbishop Barry of Wales' visit to Holy Trinity

On Saturday 9 April, Archbishop Barry came to Holy Trinity to give out awards for services to church music for people from throughout Wales.  One person received the Archbishop of Wales' Award for Church Music and 26 choir members and organists received long-service certificates, seven of whom are members of Holy Trinity choir, though
most of the candidates were from South Wales.  This was the first time since its inception that the service had not taken place in one of the cathedrals. 

The service was a choral evensong at 2.30 pm and was attended by 300 people from throughout Wales.  We welcomed Graham Eccles from Bangor Cathedral on the organ and the conductor was Holy Trinity's Organist and Choirmaster Norman Rimmer, a previous recipient of the Archbishop of Wales' Award for Church Music. 

Holy Trinity's bells rang out before and after the service; the ringing beforehand was a quarter peal lasting for about 45 minutes.

Recipients of Archbishop's Music Awards
Members of Holy Trinity Choir can be seen in the centre of the group of  recipients after the service.  There are more photographs on the Holy Trinity extra events 2011 page. 
John Griffith

John Griffith, organist at St. Mary and St. Nicholas Church Beaumaris for 25 years recieved the Archbishop of Wales' Award for Church Music. 

Three people received an Honorary Archbishop's Award for Church Music: Jeanette Massocchi (left), Revd. Paul Bigmore (centre) and Llywela Harris (right). 
Jeanette Massocchi
Revd Paul Bigmore
Llywela Harris

Amongst those receiving the Award of Merit for long service, we were particularly pleased to welcome three very long-serving muscians.  Georgina Jones, 88, has been the organist at Dolwyddelan Church for 70 years; Arthur Thomas, 92, has been a chorister at St. Margaret's Blackwood since he was seven years old; Nesta Hughes has been the organist at St. Mary's Tregarth for 50 years. 
Georgina Jones
St Margaret's Blackwood choristers

Georgina Jones (left),
Arthur Thomas (2nd from right, above)
and Nesta Hughes (right).
Nesta Hughes

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Peter Owen Jones at Holy Trinity
An evening with Peter Owen-Jones

Peter Owen-Jones, Anglican parish priest and BBC presenter of "Around the World in 80 Faiths", "Extreme Pilgrim" and "How to Live a Simple Life", visited Holy Trinity on 24 March.  Peter talked about some of his experiences while making the television programmes and read extracts from his new book "Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim".  

After his talk, Peter took questions from the audience, talked with individuals and signed copies of his book. 

Proceeds were in aid of Peter's charities and Holy Trinity Church. 

Deanery Quiet Day for Lent
This was held at the Stella Maris Centre in Llandudno on Saturday 19 March.  The theme was "With Jesus in the Wilderness - Reflections on the Beatitudes"

Christmas 2010

Llandudno in the snow, December 2010
Llandudno experienced a white Chrismas but good numbers of people braved the snow and ice to attend the Christmas services.  As they entered the porch at Holy Trinity they were greeted with the crib scene "Waiting for Jesus", shown in the photograph here. 

Crib at Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church in the snow

Many thanks to Mrs. Jill Scupham for this lovely picture of Holy Trinity Church in the snow. 

St. Tudno's Church: events

Carols by Candlelight 2011
This year's services were on Sunday 18 December at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm.  Squally weather prevented the path lights being set out but did not deter the congregation, with 120 attending the first service and 55 the second.  There are some more photographs on the St. Tudno's 2011 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Carols by Candlelight

South African War Remembrance
On Saturday 12 November a wreath was laid at Llandudno’s “other” war memorial to honour men who had died in their country’s service in an earlier conflict far from home.  The South African War Memorial in St. Tudno’s churchyard on the Great Orme commemorates four men from the Denbighshire Hussars Imperial Yeomanry and the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died during the 1900-1902 war.  The memorial was erected by public subscription and in 2009 it was restored by the Lions Club of Llandudno.  On Saturday the Lions, with some of their families and other supporters, attended a short service of remembrance at St. Tudno’s Church before laying a wreath at the memorial.  There are more photographs on the St. Tudno's 2011 page. 

Remembering the Boer War

Autumn Working Party
This was on Saturday 15 October:  the weather was glorious, the benches were put away for the winter, the churchyard was tidied and there was even time to enjoy a cup of coffee in the sunshine.  There are some photos on the St. Tudno's 2011 page. 

The final open air service this season was on Sunday 25 September and the last Sunday service of the season was Evening Prayer on the same day.  Evening Prayer was followed by tea and cakes. 

Open Church Day
On Saturday 17 September St. Tudno's took part in the national Open Church Day.  The church was "manned" by the Friends of St. Tudno's Church, who welcomed visitors, provided refreshments, gave talks on the church and showed slides of old pictures of the church. 

Open Air Songs of Praise
This was on Sunday 28 August and was in addition to the regular open air service in the morning.  The hymns were chosen and introduced by members of the congregation.

Friends of St. Tudno's Church Summer Fair
This was held at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 27 August, to raise funds for re-roofing St. Tudno's Church.  We were glad to use the parish gazebo as the day turned very wet and windy!

Summer fair

Delyth Jenkins at St.Tudno's Church

Celtic Harp Concert by Delyth Jenkins 

Delyth Jenkins, one of Wales' foremost players of the Celtic Harp, chose St. Tudno's Church as one of the venues for her "100 Best" tour, performing a concert here on Thursday 11 August.  Inspired by and based on the book 'Wales's Best One Hundred Churches' by T.J.Hughes, Delyth Jenkins has been undertaking a concert tour of buildings of architectural, historical and spiritual significance, providing perfect settings for her music which has been described as 'meditative' and 'rich with imagery'.  Her programme included traditional tunes, as well as her own compositions.

The concert was supported by the Arts Council of Wales as part of the Night Out / Noson Allan scheme. 

Night Out logo

Pet Blessing Service
The Pet Blessing Service on Sunday 10 July was held in the church as it was raining but was still attended by a good number of cats, dogs and their owners.  There are more photographs on the St. Tudno's page. 

Pet blessing service Pet blessing service

St Tudno's Day St Tudno's Day poster

St. Tudno's Day is on Sunday 5 June. 

On St. Tudno's Eve, Saturday 4 June, the annual Pilgrimage walk took place from Holy Trinity Church to St. Tudno's, visiting St. Tudno's Well by kind permission of the landowners.  The Pilgrimage began with a short service at Holy Trinity at 4.00 pm.  The Pilgrims then walked up the Great Orme, with a couple of stops on the way.  After visiting St. Tudno's Well, the Pilgrimage ended with a short service at St. Tudno's, after which the Pilgrims picniced in the church grounds. 

Pilgrims at Holy Trinity
The Pilgrims at Holy Trinity

On St. Tudno's Day, Sunday 5 June, there was a Parish Eucharist at St. Tudno's Church at 10.30 am.  There was not a service at Holy Trinity at this time and a small bus provided a shuttle service from between Holy Trinity and St. Tudno's, so that visitors and the congregation from Holy Trinity could all travel to St. Tudno's.  It had been hoped that the service would have been in the open air but as it was cold and windy the service was held in the church, which was consequently packed.  We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Llandudno and Miss Alice Llandudno to the service. 

Mayor, Mayoress and Miss Alice of Llandudno
St. Tudno's Day service                  

There are more photographs on the
St. Tudno's 2011 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Spring working party
St Tudno's working partyThe working party on Saturday 14 May was well supported and the benches were set out for the open air services and the church and churchyard cleaned and tidied.  There are more photographs on the St. Tudno's 2011 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Easter at St. Tudno's
St Tudno's Church in spring

There was a special service for Holy Week on Wednesday 20 April at 7.00 pm. 

The Easter Liturgy Service, which includes the Eucharist, was held at St. Tudno's at 5.30 am on Sunday 24 April.  This daybreak service was followed by tea, coffee and "bacon butties".  For more details and photographs of these services, please see the St. Tudno's 2011 page.

Friends of St. Tudno's Church spring fair
Refreshments at spring fair
This was held at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 16 April.  The fair opened with a performance from Llandudno Town Band and in addition to refreshments there were various stalls including plants, books and handicraft materials.  Good weather allowed some stalls to be held in the church grounds, where the soft toy bungee jump was in operation.  The fair was in aid of re-roofing St. Tudno’s Church.  There are additional photographs on the St. Tudno's 2011 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Archbishop of Wales sponsors 1000th slate

St. Tudno's Church roof needs to be repaired and as part of the fundraising for this Sponsor-a-Slate  was launched by the Friends of St. Tudno's Church in September 2009, with the target of finding sponsors for each of the 1000 new slates which will be required. 

In April 2011 The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Barry Morgan, sponsored the 1000th slate for the roof of St. Tudno’s Church. 

Dr. Morgan’s message for the book of sponsors is: “I have very fond memories of preaching at St. Tudno’s when Elwyn Roberts was the incumbent and I was university chaplain.  I have loved the place since those days.” 

The Archbishop is seen receiving a special Sponsor-a-Slate certificate from the Rector of Llandudno, Canon John Nice, following a service at Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno, when the Archbishop had been presenting the Archbishop of Wales’ Awards for Church Music. 

Sponsor-a-Slate has raised £14,700 towards the roof appeal and the Friends of St. Tudno’s Church are continuing to help the parish raise the necessary funds. 

Archbishop sponsors slate

Carols by Candlelight 2010
St Tudno's Church in the snow

The annual services of Carols by Candlelight were held on Sunday 19 December at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm. 

Despite snow, ice and a rockfall on Marine Drive,  both services took place, thanks to the Friends of St. Tudno's Church who led the services and to all those who walked through the snow to attend.  Please see the
St. Tudno's 2011 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages for more details and some photographs.

Last updated: January 2012.  Archived January 2016.