Shifnal Remembrance Sunday Parade

Shifnal Cricket Club Firework Display

What a spectacular firework display at Shifnal Cricket Club on 'Guy Fawkes Night', November 5th.

The crowds turned out in big numbers expecting a repeat of last years display and they weren't to be disappointed. The general opinion was that it was even better.

Thanks to Jorden  Barnett for sending in this video and if this whets your appetite a longer version can be seen by clicking here.

Trinity Trumpet Magazine Harvest Edition

The Harvest 2019 edition of your own Trinity Trumpet magazine is available online.

You can click here to view it online.

If you would like to contribute to future editions of the Trinity Trumpet magazine we would be only too pleased to hear from you.

To get in touch just scroll to the bottom of the page and send us a message.


Look forward to hearing from you.

Bill Handley


It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Bill Handley.


Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pat and the family at this sad time.


The funeral was held on Friday 18th October at 10.30am at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal.

Please support Pat and family with your prayers at this sad time.

Open The Book

Here is the latest line up of the 'Open The Book' Team.


The 'Open the Book Team'  presented the Bible story, “The Sad Day,” in the two Shifnal primary schools, and at Sherrifhales School on Monday 7th October.


“The Sad Day” told the story of Eve and Adam being tempted by the serpent in the garden of Eden.


Like any team they are always on the look out for new members. So if you are interested in joining this wonderful team, who are well received by children and staff alike when they go into schools, please do get in touch with Cathy Clayton.01952 416141

On a cold November morning the St Andrews Church was full for the Service of Rembrance. 


Following the Service of Remembrance  there was the parade led by former service men. 

Murder Mystery Afternoon Tea

This happy afternoon raised the sum of £350-00 towards the work of OM. 


Well done to Sara and her team who worked so hard for the event.

Happy Birthday Les

Best wishes on your birthday Les from all at Trinity.

Happy Birthday Hendry

Congratulations to our minister the Revd. Hendry Ponniah on reaching another milestone birthday.

He kept it very quiet but couldn't cheat the stewards at Trinity who shared the secret and the cake at Hendry's 'Welcome Home' service along with a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' and party poppers.

Eagled eyed viewers can see Hendry's years young on the cake.

Welcome Back Hendry

On Friday 27th September 2019 the churches that Hendry ministers to, namely Trinity, Hadley and Albrighton  got together at Trinity

to formally welcome Hendry back home from sabbatical.


Whist on sabbatical, Hendry had undertaken a mission to East Malaysia and Hendry shared photos and his reflections on his time away.

All three churches joined in providing a wonderful meal in true Methodist fashion and topped the evening by wishing Hendry a 'Happy Birthday' sharing in a glorious chocolate birthday cake. Welcome home Hendry!

Click here to read about and view Hendry's photographs from his sabbatical

Graduation Day in Mageragere, Rwanda

Malcolm Lloyd has recently been on another visit to Rwanda .

Not long ago Malcolm presented a cheque for £500 sent from Trinity for the purchase of sewing machines to be given to students unable to purchase their own machines.

While there on his latest visit Malcolm took these photos of a  Graduation Ceremony in Mageragere. Those taking part were dressed in clothes that they had made themselves.

Having learned the skills and with a machine of their own these young people are able to earn themselves a living. 

'Jim' Pooler

It is with sadness that we hear the news of the death of 'Jim' Pooler.

Our prayers are with his wife Ursula and the family at this sad time.

Congratulations to June and George

Congratulations to George Gee who has celebrated his 90th Birthday.


Not only have George and June celebrated George’s birthday but this week was their 69th wedding       anniversary.


Congratulations and best wishes from all at Trinity!

Welcome Service

On Sunday 8th September at 4.00pm the Telford Methodist Circuit formally welcomed Rev. Christopher Parkes to the Circuit as Circuit Minister and the Revd. Hendry Ponniah as Circuit Superintendent Minister with a service at Wellington Methodist Church.

The Presiding Minister and Preacher

was the Revd. Rachel Parkinson

Chair of Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District.

We congratulate both ministers on their appointments and wish them both every success in their new appointments.

Revd. Christopher Parkes, Revd. Rachel Parkinson and Revd. Hendry Ponniah

Welcome Home Hendry

Our Minister, Revd. Hendry Ponniah has returned home from sabbatical and received a wonderful reception before leading us in the service at Trinity Methodist Church on Sunday.

Welcome home Hendry!

Shifnal Carnival 2019

The hottest day of the year brought out a huge crowd to enjoy the Shifnal Carnival and Fair.

They were not disappointed with plenty of decorated floats, bands and walkers in costume.

Congratulations to all involved. 

An awful lot of hard work went into the planning and preparations on all sides and the success was well deserved.

Les Cherrington Opens Shifnal Community Hub

On Friday 16th August Les Cherrington was invited to cut the ribbon and formally declare the new Shifnal Community Hub open.


The former police station has been renovated with two of the rooms named after Les Cherrington and long standing member of the town's carnival committee, Gerald Nickless.


Town Clerk, Denise Reynolds added, "We can now envisage the Hub being used for all sorts of purposes.

Shifnal Carnival 2019
Rev Hendry's video message to Telford
Rev Hendry's latest video message toTelford
Trinity Trumpet Magazine, Summer 2019 

The Summer 2019 edition of Trinity Trumpet magazine is available at all good Shifnal Trinity Methodist Churches but if you want to read it now click on the front page pictured alongside and read online.


There's lots crammed into 28 colourful pages .

If you want your own hard copy they are available from church.

Click here to read now.


Previously we have offered you the opportunity to read Trinity Trumpet magazine on the Trinity Trumpet website itself but that facility is now a  Premium feature which we are unable to offer.

To read the magazine online click the link above and you will be able to read the magazine full screen on ISSUU website by clicking the full screen icon     and when you have finished reading return to Trinity Trumpet website by clicking          to return to original view.

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Terry Gilder

It was with sadness that we heard of the death of Terry Gilder.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pip and the family at this sad time.

'Live at Home at Trinity'

Members of 'Live at Home' Shifnal and Albrighton joined the service at Trinity, Shifnal and explained the benefits of membership of Live at Home.CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

The Magic of the Musicals

Our minister Rev. Hendry Ponniah was away earlier in the year on sabbatical but part of a group undertaking mission work in Malaysia and South Korea.

Back home Hendry was not forgotten and Trinity was full to listen to David Corden and Andrew Timmins’ presentation of  “The Magic of the Musicals” featuring songs from some of the most popular songs of the 20th century. £865 was raised on the evening which brings the sum raised in support of Rev. Hendry’s mission to Malaysia to almost £3,000

D-Day 75

Today,6th June 2017 we remember the events of June 6, 1944 when Allied Invasion forces under the command of General Eisenhower  began landing on the northern coast of France.

It is difficult to imagine the sacrifices made by so many people in those landings.

Robert D. Anderson in his book "A Time To Fight:Living and Remembering World War II" records Alan King's recollections of the moment he landed on the Normandy coast.

" A boat full of infantrymen alongside was hit by German shellfire; it sank and the soldiers were thrown into the sea. Some were dead and the injured were trying to save themselves but the ship behind went right over them. The propellers cut them to pieces.

There were heads, bodies and legs in the sea. It was a terrible sight and I have never been able to go back into the sea since"

We will remember them.

Shifnal Matters

Important and excellent news re GP surgery see below

Yesterday (06/06/2019) agreement was reached on the outline business case for the new medical practice for Shifnal that will be on the site allocated as part of the Bovis and Taylor Wimpey developments on Haughton Road.

Next up will be the planning application, we will let you know when this is submitted so letters of support can go in for it if required.

Congratulations to all who have worked on this - the practice, Cllr Offland from the Town Council and also the inputs made by members of Shifnal Matters into the survey undertaken and given to the surgery.

This is just the first step in sorting out the infrastructure in Shifnal, but it's a big first step.

The details of this are on the Shropshire CCG press release here:

For local comment and more local news visit

Shifnal Matters

Rev Hendry's Letter to the Circuit

Dear Friends,
Over the past eighteen months, we have been preaching about the Holy Habits by Andrew Roberts. I believe that some churches have delved more in depth than others. However, we have all been enlightened by the Holy Habits based on Acts 2:42-47 and the final topic which we will be dealing with in June is Making More Disciples.
On the 23rd June 2019 at 2.30pm, there will be a Celebration Service for Holy Habits at Dawley Park. I hope the whole Circuit will turn out in full force to support this celebration.
We would like to say a big thank you to Rev. James and Pauline Whately for their enormous contribution to our Circuit life as they move to Dorset to take charge of three churches over there. May God's richest Blessings be with them.
I would like to thank Rev. Kate Cook for kindly organising this Plan and the following one as well.
As I am away during this quarter on my Sabbatical, I would covet your prayers for the mission work in Malaysia and South Korea.
Hendry Ponniah

Steam Engine 7029 Clun Castle speeds through Shifnal

Clun Castle was built at the former Great Western Railway works at Swindon in May 1950.

7029 Clun Castle was officially withdrawn from service in December 1965.

After an overhaul costing owners Vintage Trains up to £750,000 every part had been repaired, restored or replaced in a 10-year project at Tyseley Locomotive Works.

In September last year, the Office of Rail and Road granted Vintage Trains a train operating company licence to operate scheduled mainline services.

There was a crowd of interested onlookers on Shifnal Station as it sped through Shifnal.


Click on image for video

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Open the Book is 20 Years Old in 2019

Open the Book is a project which offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible. The Shifnal group has been running since October 2013. Members come from local churches and visit three local primary schools, by invitation, usually on the second Monday of each month during term-time.


The text of the stories, introductions and conclusions, are planned by the Open the Book organisation and we must follow their Code of Practice. We have to pray, prepare and present, but above all, have fun - and we do! We pray that each presentation contributes to the children’s religious, spiritual and moral education, and also that the children enjoy the Open the Book assemblies.

In 2019, the Open the Book Project will have been running for 20 years. Their vision is to see every primary school visited by an Open the Book team so that every child has the opportunity to hear Bible stories. With 18,076 schools throughout England and Wales, and Open the Book teams only in 3,000 schools, there is still a long way to go.


If you attend a local church, and would like to help the Shifnal Open the Book team, contact Cathy Clayton on 01952 416141 for more information. Safeguarding checks will be organised through your church and you will be registered with the Open the Book organisation. Come and join the fun of telling the Bible stories!


Cathy Clayton

Jennifer Isherwood😄

Lent Lunches 2019

Thanks to the Ladies of Tong and Sherrifhales Churches who prepared and served the Lent Lunches at Trinity Methodist Church on Wednesday 10th April. Here they are with David Senior welcoming Bob Tweedle from Christian Aid who spoke after the lunch about Christian Aid and its work in schools. 


£141 was raised on the day making a grand total of £832.27 of which £499.50 was gift aided..It was agreed that the proceeds will go to the Cyclone Idai  Appeal.

Royal Armoured Corps 80th Anniversary Celebrations National Memorial Arboretum

Former members of the Staffordshire Yeomanry QORR and successor  serving Squadrons of QOMY and RMLY, the Royal Yeomanry serving Squadron their families and friends joined together at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 4th April 2019 to celebrate the Royal Armoured Corps being formed 80 years ago and to pay their respects to those comrades now passed.

Les Cherrington, the oldest surviving member joined the celebrations and laid a wreath on everyone’s behalf in remembrance of their absent friends.

Jesus Has Risen

Mark 16 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Good Friday Service of Witness

Good Friday Service of Witness outside Katrina’s, Shifnal.
Photo courtesy of Ron and Linda.

Courageous Day Out Opening

Ron Griffiths

It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Ron Griffiths.

The funeral will be at Sherrifhales Parish Church,

11.00am Saturday 1st June


Our thoughts are with Doreen and family at this sad time.

Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church Courageous day Out at University of Wolverhampton- Telford Innovation Campus on 2nd March 2019

This year, our district theme is being 'courageous', so as part of the visit of Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam (our President and Vice-President of Methodist Conference) and Jasmine Yeboah (our Methodist Youth President), the District joined together to celebrate life together as a church family, plus challenge ourselves to be more courageous in our walk with God.


This celebration, on Saturday 2nd March, took the form of a big day out at Telford lnnovation Campus, with a range of activities and speakers to ensure there was something to inspire-and encourage everyone.

Bala Gnanapragasam


of Methodist Conference

Michaela Youngson

President of Methodist Conference

Jasmine Yeboah

Methodist Youth President

Tony Newnes

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Tony Newnes.

The funeral was on Monday 11th March at 11.30am at Telford Crematorium.

Our thoughts are with Sheila and the family.

Prayer for Christchurch, New Zealand

God of peace
We pray for those caught up in the events in New Zealand, for those killed and wounded, and for those who will mourn. 
We pray for the people of the emergency services as they respond, and for community leaders and faith leaders as they work to heal broken communities. 
Soften the hearts of those who are motivated by hate and bring peace to your precious people of New Zealand. 
In Christ’s name. Amen

Michaela Youngson, President of the Methodist Church in Great Britain

Trinity Visit Fiddler on the Roof

Mitchell Griffiths in the role of Tevye

Trinity’s visit to watch the latest Starcross Youth Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton attracted the biggest number of theatre goers yet. 

The show focuses on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to raise his family in the Jewish religious and cultural tradition whilst his three older daughters wish to marry for love. This is played out against the background of the edict of the Russian Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The cast must be congratulated on their superb performance which was well received by an appreciative full house audience.

The Starcross production attention to detail together with live music of the band and the superb sound and lighting facilities of the Arena Theatre made for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

How do they manage to balance those bottles?

Muriel Celebrated Her 90th Birthday

Muriel Jeavons celebrated her  90th Birthday on Wednesday 6th February with friends and family.

Everyone at Trinity sent their love and best wishes to Muriel.

Our Love and Prayers are with her.

Shifnal Matters

A new group called Shifnal Matters (Click here to visit their Facebook page) has been formed following the publication of consultation document -  “Shropshire Local Plan Review  - Consultation on Preferred Sites”.

You can read and/or download the document here.


A questionaire  was made available for return to Shropshire authorities.


To read about the public response click here to visit Shifnal Matters facebook page

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Narnia Winter Ball

On Friday,  February 8th Trinity Methodist Church was transformed into Narnia for the SayYes Winter Ball. 


Pushing through the wardrobe doors a world of candle lit forests and fairy lights was the backdrop for an evening of fun, games, music, quizes, raffles and Mr Tumnus' tea party.


It was a wonderful night and  the SayYes team are already talking about 'next year'! 

Thanks to all the numerous local businesses and organisations whose contributions helped stage the event.

The sayYES youth project runs the 50p Youth Club on Tuesday evenings at the Shifnal Methodist Church, Victoria Road, 6.00-7:30pm choose from the toast bar and join in the games and crafts. AND an optional "Extras" session runs from 7:30-8.00pm, exploring themes of faith and life. 

For more info.....TEXT Mark on 07747560875 and you can follow us on https://m.facebook.com/sayyesproject/

Albrighton Methodist Church

The 23-year redevelopment scheme at Albrighton Methodist Church was completed when the completely renovated building now able to be used and shared with the community                  re-opened for use on December 8th. 


On Friday January 4th 2019 a Service of Thanksgiving and    Re-dedication was held to mark the occasion. Guest preacher for the service was Rev Rachel Parkinson, Chair of the Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church with contributions from Rev. Hendry Ponniah, our Circuit Superintendent and other long-standing friends of the church.

Jeff Cox

Jeff Cox presents Doug and Sandy Hughes with certificates during a service at Trinity celebrating their 40 years of preaching in June 2013. 

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Jeff Cox.


Jeff died in the early hours of Tuesday morning.        (1st January 2019)  


Messages of support can be sent to Jeff's home or to Nancy at Room 61 Morris Care, Holyhead Road, Wellington, Telford. TF1 2EH


Please hold Nancy, Meryk and John, the entire family and all his friends in the Circuit in your prayers at this time.


Well done thy good and faithful servant.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


There will be a Celebration of Life Service for our good friend Dr Jeff Cox at Newport Trinity Church on Monday 28th January at 2pm. 


All are welcome to attend.


Please note the family are having a private funeral on 24th January so please hold them in your prayers.


Please share the information where possible.


Every blessing.


Sharon Roberts

Circuit Support Manager 

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