Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District Council

Reverend Rachel Parkinson

District Council met on Tuesday 10th February 2015 at Donnington Methodist Church to meet the Reverend Rachel Parkinson as the choice of the District Nominations Committee for the Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District from September 2016.

The opportunity was taken, through discussion and questions, for the group to get to know and listen to each other.


Rev. Parkinson left the room briefly while the extended District Council voted. On her return, they were delighted to report that Reverend Parkinson has been unanimously nominated for the post of District Chair from September 2016. This being subject to approval from Synod and Conference.

Ms. Parkinson is currently Superintendent of the Leicester North circuit; she previously served as a presbyter in the Thirsk & Northallerton circuit, so brings both urban and rural experience. She has exercised a significant public ministry in her current appointment as a broadcaster on both BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio 2 and has served the Connexion as a member of the Faith & Order Committee's Liturgical Resources Subcommittee and as one of the team responsible for worship at the Conference. 

Lent Lunches at Trinity
New Year's Day Walk

The traditional 'New Year's Day Walk' was again well supported.


Setting off from Church the group headed out of Shifnal towards Beckbury leaving the road just beyond St Andrew's School and taking to the footpath leading up and over Lodge Hill.


The weather was kind and outward bound the footpaths were good. Once past the turn for home the footpaths were a little more tricky but spurred on, by the thought of tea awaiting their return to Trinity, the walkers made good time. Once back at Church the atmosphere told of a good start to the new year.

Another successful Lent Lunch hosted this time by Trinity.

The first of the Lent Lunches held at Trinity raised £225.57p for Christian Aid. It was a tremendous start.


Next it was the turn St Mary's Church to provide the soups and there was a visit from Peter Kelsall of Christian Aid who spoke about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and how Christian Aid is making a difference.

Pictured after the lunch are (L-R) David Senior (Christian Aid, Shifnal Co-ordinator); Peter Kelsall, Christian Aid; Father John Pascoe, St Mary's Church, Shifnal: Revd. Keith Hodson, Beckbury Group Ministry; Revd. Hendry Ponniah, Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal .


If you would like to listen to what Peter had to say click here to view the video.

The Lent Lunches were rounded off with a 'Frugal Feast'. The lunches have been even more successful than ever this year and David Senior and everyone who contributed to the staging of the lunches (and there were many) are to be congratulated.

Christian Aid Lunch


On Sunday 25th January Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal hosted a lunch to raise funds for the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal - Deliver Hope.

The lunch was well attended and after the lunch there was a short address by Andrew Clayton explaining the needs for the funds and how they are used.The Lunch raised £435. To learn more of the work Christian Aid do click here.

The Aircraft Now......

 VC10 serial number XR808 to be exact; on the last leg of its trip to the museum at RAF Cosford following a successful dismantling process carried out at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. The process has taken a team of 8 over 7 months.

As the aircraft arrives in Shropshire, the VC10 will be positioned on the airfield at RAF Cosford whilst the wings, fuselage and landing gears are reassembled. The aircraft will then make the final few steps onto the museum site to allow the fitment of the rear fuselage fin, tail plane and engines.

Later in the summer it will go on permanent display to visitors outside next to the Lockheed Hercules C130K Mk3.

As the congregation came out of church they were met with the unusual sight of a VC10 taxiing down Victoria Road.

Lent Lunches
Bread Church

The youngsters attending Bread Church in February 2015 surpassed themselves and when everyone sat down to lunch later in the day their efforts were there to be enjoyed by everyone. Well done!

VE Day 70

St Andrew's Church, Shifnal was full with people attending the Service of Celebration and Commemoration remembering the people who served their country in the Second World War.


The Act of remembrance during which the names of the fallen were read out by Mr Les Cherrington, himself a veteran of WW2 North Africa Campaign, was followed by a ceremony of affiliation of the Shifnal Army Cadets and The Royal British Legion, Shifnal Branch symbolised by the exchange of Framed certificates.


During the final hymn the congregation moved outside the church where the minister, Rev. Thorpe dedicated the new church gates to the memory of those who had served their country.

Bread Church

There was a bumper crowd of people in church for Bread Church. Some turned up just for coffee but many were there to try their hand at baking and the results were fantastic .

After a morning of baking most stayed to enjoy lunch together and share some of the  bread baked earlier.

Shifnal Choirs Celebrate
Thank You Presentation

Before the Sunday Morning Service the congregation at Trinity took the opportunity to thank Kathy and Malcolm Insall for all their hard work in once again putting on the Carnival Teas event in their garden.


The couple have staged this event over many years raising a lot of money for the charity 'Action for Children'.


They had decided to call it a day last year but when it was discovered that the church had to raise funds to improve the heating they decided to once again stage the event.


Many people benefit from their efforts not least those who find refreshment in the middle of a busy time at the Carnival.


In accepting the flowers as a mark of the church's appreciation Kathy and Malcolm were quick to point out that there were many people in the team who contributed by helping set up the garden, cooking, serving, washing up and clearing up without whom the event would not succeed.

Evie's Spring Challenge

On 26th April nine-year-old Evie Finch (granddaughter of Mike and Lynne Shinn) took part in the Georgia Williams Spring Challenge, cycling 10 miles to raise money for the Georgia Williams Trust, a charity which raises money to provide opportunities for young people in the

Telford and Wrekin area.


Evie wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored her on the Cycle Challenge last Sunday. She completed the 10.1 mile course in just over an hour and raised a massive £700 for the Georgia Williams Trust charity (with an additional £160 in gift aid)


Well done Evie!

I am pleased to inform you that the overall total collected from the lent lunches was  £880.96 of which £586.00 has been gift aided. We have also had a total of 216 people through the doors.


The way Churches Together in Shifnal and surrounding districts have pulled together and the friendship exhibited has made it a pleasure to be involved.


 A special thanks must go to members of the Methodist Church for the use of their hall and excellent facilities, which go a long way to make the lunches a success.

David Senior (Christian Aid Coordinator)

A Wonderful Night Out

It was an awful wet night but that did not dampen the spirits of a coachload of Trinity Showstopper fans as they made their way to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton to see Starcross Youth Theatre perform their Showstoppers.


The people from Trinity are enthusiastic supporters of the group and look forward to each new performance. They were not to be disappointed. In a two hour show packed with everyone's favourite show music the audience were treated to wonderful group and solo performances and a finale that had the audience bouncing in their seats.


The cast members, from the very youngest to the most senior, can be proud of their performances. 


Those people on the coach for the first time now understand the enthusiasm of the others to see the group's performances.


We look forward to the next production, Bugsy Malone, in February 2016 and as this show was a sell out we had better make sure that we book our tickets early.

Songsters Concert at Oakengates

The Birmingham Citadel Songsters presented a wonderful evening of music at The Salvation Army Hall, Oakengates on Saturday 20th June.


Click on the photograph to hear them

Congratulations to Marcelle who has completed       "The Frontline Walk" .

To those who sponsored Marcelle thank you for your support and well done Marcelle!

All of the money raised is going to ABF The Soldiers' Charity. The Soldiers’ Charity give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families.

Click here to read a report of Marcelle's walk featured in the Christmas edition of  the Trinity Trumpet magazine (page 15).

If this has inspired or enthused you click here to find out about next year's Frontline Walk.

The Frontline Walk
In Support of Oasis

What a wonderful turnout there was at Shifnal Trinity Methodist Church on Wednesday September 9th for the special coffee morning in support of Oasis 


People had made a tremendous effort and all sorts of goods from the finest baking to some whacky bric-a-brac had been brought along to sell. The coffee bar area of the church was heaving with the numbers of people who came along, bought stuff, had a chat and generally spent a pleasant morning - so pleasant that some were still there well after closing time! We raised £351.50, which we think was a fantastic amount, and we'd like to thank everyone who came. Why not pop in to Oasis sometime if you're in Shifnal and see what's on offer?

Pampered Chef

On Saturday evening (26th July) the Trinity Hall was laid out for dining.


This was to be no 'ordinary' meal for this was a 'Pampered Chef' evening where all that was to be eaten was prepared before the diners using 'Pampered chef' products.


There to demonstrate and guide was Sara Butler for the preparation of the food was to be done by three teams selected from the audience.


Following Sara's demonstrations the teams set about preparing the food while the others watched on and inspected the utensils being used.


The teams made the preparation look really easy and when it came to tasting everyone was agreed that they had done a really good job. 


The evening was rounded off with people placing orders for some of the utensils demonstrated and a  few who were lucky in the draw went away with 'Pampered Chef' products for prizes. 


Some of the profits from the evening will go to help pay for the installation of the new radiators in church and all in all it was a very successful evening.

Draw prize winners!

DC 10 Update

 Ian Bain was on hand to snap the photo that featured on the front page of our Summer edition of Trinity Trumpet.

Since then work has progressed and if you have visited the museum you may have seen the lifting of wings and tail section into place

You may remember that RAF Cosford took delivery of a DC10 to add to the wonderful collection of aeroplanes on display at the museum. Indeed, you may have been one of those people who got a close up view of the plane as it inched past Trinity as the congregation emerged from the Sunday morning service

Macmillan Coffee Morning

With the Macmillan Coffee Morning following so soon after the Oasis fund 

raiser we were a little anxious but we were delighted with the support for the event. £240 was raised for Macmillan.

The coffee Morning crowd are a great bunch and have shown their willingness to get together to support deserving ventures.. Well done everyone.

Shifnal Consultation

There were plenty of people coming to and going from the Shifnal Transport Strategy Public Consultation Event at the Village Hall.


If they had travelled by car and approached from the Aston Street/Bradford Street junction they would have been convinced of the need for some action if they weren't when they started out.


People were queueing at the entrance to the parking area in front of the Cheapside shops seemingly oblivious to the build -up of traffic behind them blocking all movement of traffic through Shifnal.


The plans were well presented and hopefully we will see some improvement to the centre of Shifnal that will enable pedestrians and motor traffic to co-exist in a more pleasant way than at present.


It will, however, require driver and pedestrian to be more aware of each other and perhaps a little more courteous to one another. Now that might take a little more than just planning! 

Harvest Festival

We were delighted that Rev. John Howard was able to both lead our Harvest Festival Service and join us afterwards for our Harvest Lunch.

The Reverend Howard is not only Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District but also Chair of the Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment set up by Methodist Conference to see that the Methodist's own investment agency operates in line with the moral and ethical teaching of the church.

Reverend Howard commented on the world wide origins of the foods that had been brought to church and how if we are selective and make better informed choices we can ensure that people who work to produce food for our table earn sufficient to sustain a decent life themselves.   

The church was looking lovely with all the floral decorations and the harvest gifts from the congregation.

Tredustan Firework Party

Despite the awful weather 37 people turned up at Tredustan for what has become a really popular feature of the Trinity Calendar. 

The weather might have done its best to dampen enthusiasm but everyone had a great time . The fireworks were better than ever and thanks to Tony, Ann

and her kitchen helpers the visitors were well warmed with food.


Donations of £65 go to Trinity.


Many thanks to Ann and Tony for another Firework Party to remember.

Ladi's Talents

If you attended the Morning Service at Trinity on 6th December you will have heard Ladi explain how he came to attend a Church service far away from home, be invited to play the music for the service and finally be offered £10 to take away and use to grow funds for the church.


"Wondering where to worship during a family weekend in Norfolk, we found Holt Methodist Church after being lost without the aid of satnav. The M-J clan worshipped there and decided to join their £10.00 challenge after the lectionary for the day - 'parable of the talents ' - I chose to do car washing as one of my tasks. Trinity has helped me raise £104.50. 
Thank you all for your support and God bless you as you help spread the Gospel."


Service of Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday 2015

Armistice Day

Les Cherrington meets with HRH The Princess Royal

Les was invited by the Staffordshire Yeomanry QORR OCA organization to attend the


National Memorial Arboretum on Armistice Day and lay a wreath at the Staffordshire Yeomanry Plinth.




Later he was introduced to HRH The Princess Royal and joined the parade as HRH The Princess Royal took the salute.

Shifnal Neighbourhood Plan

To read the latest developments with regard to the Shifnal Neighbourhood Plan click here.


If you are interested the future development of Shifnal you might be interested to read the recent publication "Consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy."

Click here to view "Consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy."

The Revd. Chris Thorpe's address had Remembering and Forgetting as its theme.                                   

He recalled his father's nightmares following his experiences at war and the difficulties that many people have on return from service in wartime.

While wanting to forget the horrors of war experienced, we remember those who served and those who serve today to protect the peace we cherish.

We must forget past differences. Past enemies must become friends and commit to peace.

"Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children". (Matthew 5). 

Graham and Christine say Goodbye