Mike Greatorex


Carols at Hatton



Happy New Year!


The Carols at Hatton evening held in December 2018 was a most enjoyable evening and raised £834 for the SAY YES Project, so many thanks to all involved in any way.


Best wishes


Sue Francis

on behalf of CTiSD 

Thursday, Jan 3,

Live At Home Prize Winner

When Terry Guest bought a ticket and guessed at the weight of the cake in the Live at Home, Shifnal competition he wasn't too hopeful of being the winner.

"I've never won a draw in my life", he confessed.


Well win he did!


He was presented with his prize Christmas cake at the Wednesday Coffee Morning at Trinity.


 Terry will be joining other Trinity members when they visit Netherwood to join with the residents in their Carol service and he plans to present the cake to the residents for them to enjoy with their Christmas lunch.

Starcross Youth Theatre Celebrate Christmas

Starcross Youth Theatre put their rehearsals of 'Fiddler On The Roof' on hold and invited friends to  a Christmas Carol Concert. The Church was filled with friends and families celebrating Christmas.


The money raised from a raffle will go along with the money raised by the children in recent supermarket bag packing to help fund the group's next production - Fiddler on the Roof.


Trinity's band of theatre goers will be going to the show and if you would like to join the group speak with Zena Brown who has tickets.

Jasmine Yeboah, 22, from north London, was elected as the new Methodist Youth President-at last year's (2017) 3Generate event, attended by more than 1,000 young Methodists supported by 500 leaders and volunteers, that took place over the weekend of the 24 - 26 November in Southport.

Jasmine was one of three candidates who stood for election, with all taking part in hustings and producing promotional videos and displays as part of their campaigns.

New Methodist Youth President

Jasmine's campaign focused on how young people can be courageous in how they live out the gospel and how they can create a Church where the vulnerable feel welcomed. She commented: "I do a lot of youth work at my church, St Mark's Methodist Church in Tottenham, and it was my minister who persuaded me to sign up and get myself nominated. I am so excited and looking forward to taking up the post next year."

Jasmine began her role in  September 2018. Click here to watch her video address.

Shifnal Christmas Lights Turned On

On a mild November evening the crowds turned out in Shifnal to browse the market stalls. ride the funfair rides and countdown the switch on of the Shifnal 'Christmas lights'.

The Shifnal Male Voice Choir were there to entertain the crowds with Christmas carols and songs and the weather was kind.

 A splendid start to the festive season.

Theatre Visit

Just back from watching Starcross Youth Theatre’s performance of Private Peaceful at the Arena Theatre , Wolverhampton.


The Simon Reade’s adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s  novel relates one of the most tragic events of the 20th century - the senseless slaughter and sacrifice of many young men on the battlefields in world war I and in particular the execution of soldiers for desertion or cowardice. Many of these men we now know were traumatised by shell shock and the grave injustice they suffered was recognised with pardons in 2006.

Ben Harley and Adam Newton

Adam Newton  (Friday and Saturday evening) and Ben Harley are to be congratulated on their performances and so too Starcross for an excellent production of what is a departure from their ‘normal’ musicals.


Starcross return to the musical format for their next production of Fiddler On The Roof” – Arena Theatre – February 2019 Fri 22nd 7pm, Sat 23rd 2pm & 7pm, Sun 24th 7pm but they once again venture into the area of plays ‘with a message’ when they perform Willy Russell’s “Our Day Out” – Arena Theatre – Sat 23rd March 2019, 2pm & 7pm.


We look forward with anticipation to both. Break a leg!

Happy 100th birthday Les!

To have a 100th birthday is an incredible milestone, but not nearly as incredible as the man Les Cherrington, himself.


To mark his birthday all the different groups Les is associated with have arranged celebrations and there are still some to come. 

The Royal British Legion, Shifnal set the ball rolling and Les was delighted when a family meal at Haughton Hall turned into a surprise party with family and friends. 


Shifnal erected banners in the town to wish Les a happy birthday and he had an early call at home on his birthday from Robert Harrop, the Mayor of Shifnal, together with councillors and the Shifnal Carnival committee. He was proud to show them his birthday card from the Queen.


Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford celebrated his birthday when Les together with Arthur Jones and Dennis Thompson were on parade, as they are every Tuesday, to talk about their experiences of war with the visitors. BBC Midland News turned up to talk with him live on the radio and made a recorded interview for the evening tv. news. Les takes all this in his stride and last year was interviewed live by both Sky News and BBC television immediately prior to the Armistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas and these interviews have been seen by millions on the internet. 


Celebrations are not quite finished  as Les'  immediate neighbours have organised their own celebration to let Les know how proud they are to have him as a neighbour. 


Everyone at Trinity sends their love and best wishes for the future.  


Quiz Night at Trinity

The Quiz Night at Trinity on Friday 12th October was a great success with 54 people attending, and a very good supper.


Thanks to Ladi and Linda who led the quiz, and to all who cooked for the event.


We raised £300 for Action for Children.

One of the 'home' teams, Brain Drain, turned out to be winners!

Quiz Night winners - Brain Drain

Music at Trinity

On Saturday 6th October at Trinity Shifnal and District Male Voice Coir and the Tamworth Ladies Choir entertained us all with wonderful performances of a variety of music in a 'Celebration of Song'

Tamworth Ladies' Choir sing ' Can you feel the love tonight?'

Shifnal Male Voice Choir sing I Bob un sydd ffyddlon,"Rachie"

Harvest Festival 2018

The Harvest Festival at Trinity on Sunday 23rd September was enjoyed by all.

The congregation had brought their offerings that will be taken to and distributed by The Willows.

The youngsters joined in the service helping Kathy to understand 'where she goes wrong when planting seeds'.

The flower team, as always, had made a fine job of decorating the church helping everyone appreciate the beauty of the season.


Some photographs from the service

Methodist New Year

The Methodist new year began at Trinity with Rev Hendry Ponniah returning from holiday with a suntan!!

His sermon followed the Holy Habits theme of ' Prayer'.

Holy Habits

If you have attended a recent service at Trinity you will no doubt have heard the expression 'Holy Habits' mentioned. What are we talking about when we refer to 'Holy Habits'?

Watch the short video below and listen to Andrew Roberts, the Holy Habits Project leader explain.

The book 'Holy Habits' written by Andrew Roberts (2016) is a book about following Jesus. 

 The call of Jesus to discipleship is explored as is the the place of community and holy habits in forming and sustaining  Christian disciples of Jesus.

Mike Greatorex

It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Mike Greatorex.

Our thoughts are with Dot and the family at this sad time.



The funeral was held on Friday 10th August 2018, 16:30 for a committal at Telford Crematorium followed by a thanksgiving service at 17:00 at Shifnal Methodist Church.

Shifnal Carnival 2018

Shifnal Carnival celebrated its 50th year since restarting in 1968 with one of the biggest parades for some time made even more enjoyable for the crowds of people who flocked to Shifnal by the glorious sunshine.

Congratulations to Carnival Committee Chair Sarah Richards and her team of 'volunteers' . All the hard work made for a wonderful day.

The day marked the retirement from the committee of its President, Gerald Nickless, one of the original group of people who attended a meeting in the upstairs room of the old Post Office in 1967 and determined to revive the Shifnal Carnival.  

Here's the promised video with clips from different stages along the route.

It was a splendid turnout and all the people who took part are to be congratulated on their efforts.

It really was a tremendous day.

Baptism of Zacchery Joshua

On Sunday 3rd June  morning service was full as the family of Zacchary Joshua Mountford joined the regular Trinity members to celebrate the baptism of Zacchary Joshua.

Everyone at Trinity wish Zacchary Joshua a lifetime of health and happiness. 


May your baptism be just the start of a life filled with blessings.

Coffee Morning at Trinity in Support of 

Sara and Will are fundraising for a mission trip this December.  Please consider donating to this trip - ask Sara for more info ..

Thank you to everyone who supported the coffee morning on Wednesday 30th May. The coffee morning proceeds, which included a bake and book sale, raised £130 towards Sara's mission trip. Thank you! 


If anyone wanted to buy the OM books another time, please let Sara know.

sara.butler@om.org  Direct Tel: 01691 776746.

Noel Hester

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Noel Hester.

Our thoughts are with Kathy, Malcolm and the family at this sad time.


Kathy and Malcolm wish to thank you all for the love and support you have given to them as they said a last farewell to their mum, Noel Hester.


“Thank you to all who helped at the funeral in any way. It is a privilege to belong to the Trinity church family.”

Kathy and Malcolm


Please keep the family in your prayers.

The Marriage of
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle

The video relates in a few seconds all the ingredients that made the wedding day so special.


The glorious weather, the historic setting, the glamorous guest list, the crowds of well wishers.


The beautiful understated wedding dress, the emotion charged atmosphere in St George’s Chapel so obvious in the groom - and the sermon. Archbishop Welby had warned of the 'stunning preacher' that is Bishop Curry and his sermon was just that. Click here for sermon


After the service the now traditional 'kiss' this time not on a balcony but in the chapel doorway framed by a most 

beautiful floral creation including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam with white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies - reportedly the brides favourite flower.


Then the return to the castle through thousands of well-wishers and eventually the relative seclusion of Windsor Castle.


We wish them well in married life and pray:


God of love,
send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan,
and all who are joined in marriage,
that, rejoicing in your will
and continuing under your protection,
they may both live and grow in your love
all their days,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Trinity's Easter Celebrations

On Wednesday 14th March it was Trinity's turn to host the lent Lunch.

The ladies pulled out all the stops and there was a lovely selection of home made soups to choose from together with freshly baked rolls and butter.

Following the lunch we moved into the church for a short service which ended with the ever popular "One more step along the world I go".

Following Good Friday's celebrations in Shifnal town centre and the distribution of hot cross buns, Trinity Church was full for the Easter Sunday service and the church was looking lovely with all the floral decorations.

Paul's The Monkey Run Peru - Team Alpaca Your Bags!
Trinity Trumpet Magazine Easter Edition

Here is the Easter 2018 edition of Trinity's magazine , Trinity Trumpet.


To read the magazine click        to view the magazine in full screen.


To return to Trinity Trumpet website you will then  have to close the screen.(Press Esc).

You can collect your Easter 2018 copy of Trinity Trumpet from Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal.

You may remember reading in the Easter edition of Trinity Trumpet that Cathy Clayton's son Paul was once again fund-raising for Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation (JDRF).


He and Oliv planned to ride over The Andes, (yes, the   Andes Mountain Range in Peru!) on a monkey bike. A monkey bike is a small 90cc motorbike.


If you were in church a couple of Sundays ago you will have heard the news that together with his friend Oliv he has successfully completed the adventure. 

Once again he was fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation (JDRF). Paul was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 14 years old, but has not let it stop him living life to the full!


Obviously, he would love for there to be a cure - it’s not much fun having to keep injecting yourself with insulin.


The Adventurists, who help to organise The Monkey Run, are also fundraising for a charity called CoolEarth. Part of any money Paul raises will go to CoolEarth also. This is a charity designed to assist the Ashaninka people in shielding millions of acres of Amazon rainforest.

Paul and Oliv at the start of their adventure

It is now our turn to play our part and find the sponsor money that we promised. If you didn't promise any money don't fret, you are still allowed to make a donation.


Make your donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alpaca-your-bags. Click here to go direct to the donation site.

It is now our turn to play our part and find the sponsor money that we promised. If you didn't promise any money don't fret, you are still allowed to make a donation.


Make your donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alpaca-your-bags. Click here to go direct to the donation site.

Photos from Paul and Oliv's incredible journey

Trinity Annual Church Meeting, 2018

Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal held their Annual Church Meeting on Sunday 6th May directly after the Morning Service.

The Agenda and Notes have been distributed to members  on Sunday 22nd May at the morning service  but click on the agenda to the left to view them now.

Water, Water Everywhere

Not exactly 'Old Faithful' and definitely not a geyser but on Saturday 24th March 2018, Lodge Hill Farm and the neighbours were treated to their own mini version of Old Faithful.

It lasted most of the day before Severn Trent located and repaired the burst main. 

Lent Lunch and Service at Trinity

On Wednesday 14th March it was Trinity's turn to host the lent Lunch.

The ladies pulled out all the stops and there was a lovely selection of home made soups to choose from together with freshly baked rolls and butter.

Following the lunch we moved into the church for a short service which ended with the ever popular "One more step along the world I go".

 Sadly Missed and Lovingly Remembered

Lynn Shinn’s Dad Mr Jim Ford sadly passed away in the early morning of Wednesday 7th March. Our love and prayers are with Lynn Mike and all their family.

Mrs Joyce Wilkins sadly passed away on the 28th February, our love and prayers are with Elizabeth and family.


Her funeral was on Monday 19th March at 12.00 Noon at Sutton Maddock Parish Church. 

Doreen Brown

Doreen and Malcolm's first home was in Rainford, just outside Liverpool where they were to foster 24 young babies.


 Zena related how, in 1973, when the family moved to Shifnal they joined St Andrew’s Church Choir and Doreen also became a Cub Scout Leader.


They started fostering again and this time would take older children and to be able to accommodate even more children they moved from No. 13 to No 14 Brookside Close which was a 4 bedroom house which was later extended to make 6 bedrooms. 

Doreen and Malcolm fostered over 50 young people in all. 

Later the family came to worship here at Trinity and started a Sunday evening bible study group in their house with Maranatha meetings for teenagers.  Doreen accompanied the group to Methodist London Weekends, Easter People, and Church Camps.


Doreen had the vision of a Wednesday coffee morning and along with her team made everyone most welcome and in addition the group also raised money for various charities and organisations.  She was also an active member of the Film Group and Reading Group.

Everyone can testify to Doreen's sense of humour and John recalls how she would always tease him saying she would 'borrow' his keys and take his car 'for a spin'.

We thank God for her long life and service to the community and we shall all miss her so much. 


Our thoughts are with Malcolm, Mania, Roger, Brendan, Heather and the wider family.  

The Service of Committal for Doreen Brown was conducted by Revd. Hendry Ponniah at 10.00am 21st February 2018 at Telford Crematorium.

A service of thanksgiving followed at Trinity Methodist Church with relatives and friends filling the church.

Zena Brown and John Barwick delivered eulogies in which they fondly recalled memories of Doreen.

John  told of Doreen meeting Malcolm at Emmanuel Church Fazackerley where they both sang in the choir. Doreen not only sang in the choir but was Brownie leader too.


When Doreen and Malcolm married they left church passing through a guard of honour made up of the brownie unit before setting out on their own 'adventure'. Brown Owl was now 'Mrs Brown Owl'.

The many friends and family members gathered in Trinity Hall after the services to exchange memories and recollections of their friendship with Doreen.

Trinity Theatre Visit

Congratulations to Starcross Youth Theatre for their tremendous performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".


The Trinity members and friends really enjoyed their Saturday night at the theatre and congratulate the cast, band and backstage on a wonderful performance. The hard work in rehearsals really paid off! Well done to all.


For more information about

Starcross Youth Theatre visit: