Our Sunday service is Holy Communion at 10.45 am, with a "Family Service" once a month.
Holy Trinity, Quemerford
This is a truly delightful church set behind three rows of lime trees just off the A4, to the east of Calne.
Holy Trinity was built in 1852-3 to meet the needs of the growing community of Quemerford and to act as the Chapel of ease for a new churchyard for the parish, because St Mary's churchyard had become overfull. The building cost was met by the then vicar of Calne, Canon John Guthrie, largely at his own expense, the land having been donated by Lord Lansdown.
A chalice and a paten both hallmarked 1866 were given to the church by J R A Chinnery-Haldane, the assistant curate appointed to serve Holy Trinity by the vicar of Calne, and they are still used today. In 1864 morning and afternoon services were held in Holy Trinity church. In 1870 holy communion was celebrated monthly. The church was not licensed for marriages until 1990. A surpliced choir was introduced in 1888. Sadly in recent years there has not been a choir in Holy Trinity.
The church was designed by C.H.Gabriel and is tall, of coursed rubble and in the Decorated style. It has a west bell cote and spirelet and consists of a chancel with north vestry and a nave with south porch. The chancel is long, has tall south windows and diapering in relief on the sanctuary's walls and is separated from the vestry by a traceried screen. The chancel arch is high and wide, and the nave has an open timber roof with cusped trusses and windbracing. There is a boiler room, which is no longer used, entered from the north side of the ch urch. Heating being now by electric radiant heaters. There is a separate coursed rubble shed for the storage of maintenance items.
Originally there was stained glass in the east window but in February 1970 there was a fire in the church which caused major damage to the roof, destroying windows and the organ. The church was rededicated on 25th January 1972. The replacement organ is an 1825 Flight & Robson (London) chamber instrument which is positioned at the north west end of the nave adjacent to the font..
Currently Services are at 10.45am on Sundays. The first Sunday of the month a family service is held often with a baptism. On other Sundays eucharists are celebrated. “Messy Church” takes place 4 or 5 times a year at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoons. It is for children, parents and helpers with activities in the school hall, followed by a short act of worship in the church, finishing with a meal back at the school.
Friends of Holy Trinity Church of Calne (FOHTCC)
Repairs, maintenance and new works in the church are funded from money raised by the Friends of Holy Trinity Church of Calne (FOHTCC) which was registered as a charity in 2004.
The churchyard covers about three and a half acres with the oldest graves being nearest the roadway. As well as graves of many local people there are interesting graves such as that of an officer who fought at the battle of Trafalgar and war graves from the first and second world wars and other conflicts.
There exists a Holy Trinity Field Trust which is used to fund the maintenance of the churchyard. A contractor cuts the churchyard grass twice a month from April until September. Two areas in the old part of the churchyard are kept wild to encourage meadow flowers, these areas are only cut in September.There are various trees in the chuchyard including yews, redwoods, pines and a flowering cherry just outside the south porch. There are bushes throughout the churchyard such as holly, elder, laurel and briar. Flowers including snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, primroses, cowslips bluebells and foxgloves can be found. Many birds, animals and insects can also be seen. It is truly a wildlife haven and a place for peace and contemplation.
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Holy Trinity holds Family Services on the first Sunday of the month and Eucharists on the other Sundays. We have held several baptisms at Holy Trinity in the last year and when we do they are normally included in the Family Service. All services normally start at 10.45 am. Holy Trinity is also used for Weddings and Funerals.
Our congregation includes all ages, but the majority are over 50. We have not had a choir or Sunday School for many years. Normal congregations are between 10 and 20, but very occasionally we drop to single figures. The average number of communicants is about 12. When there is a Baptism the congregation can be anything up to 100. It is then that the children's corner is popular with the younger members of the congregation. On the second Sunday of the month we have coffee after the service and enjoy hearing each others latest news.
We have 2 Server/chalice assistants - Stan and Jack. Sadly we now have only one organist as Audrey died earlier this year after giving us many decades of loyal service - she is greatly missed. Chris Bush plays on the second and fourth Sundays and at some baptisms. We are urgently seeking another organist and in the meantime sing at some services unaccompanied! Holy Trinity Academy join us for the occasional Sunday service and also use the church for term-time mid week services including Eucharists and a Christingle.
Messy Church started in 2010 and meets twice a term on Sunday afternoons at 3.00 pm. The parents and children start in Holy Trinity Academy Hall for arts and crafts activities, proceeding then to the church for a short service and then returning to the school hall for a meal. Normal attendance is between 50 and 60 which includes children, parents and helpers.
The Friends of Holy Trinity Church of Calne continue to raise funds for the repair and improvement of the church. Their latest event , held on 16 April, was an "Antique Roadshow" Auctioneers Valuation which raised £183. Later this year there will Strawberry Cream Teas in June and a concert "Jazz Piano Legends" by Craig Milverton in September. Some of FOHTCC funds will be used for a disabled toilet which we hope will be installed later this year when further grant funding has been obtained. Many of the congregation are also members of FOHTCC and support the fund raising activities throughout the year.
Naturesway continue to maintain the churchyard from April to September and we have also had small working parties trimming the bushes and paths. Since 2012 we have entered the churchyard in the RHS Britain in Bloom - In your Neighborhood Competition. In 2015 we were awarded LEVEL 3 DEVELOPING. We will be entering again in 2016 and will be include in a new category - PARKS!.
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