The latest from around the parish

We are a busy parish and there is always a great deal of news to share from work in the community to theatre, music and the arts.  Here you will find the latest news from Holy Trinity Church, St Helen's in Clifford Chambers and All Saints in Luddington.

Media enquiries should be addressed to the parish office on 01789 266316 or to vicar@stratford-upon-avon.org


National Day of Reflection

Holy Trinity church bell to toll for each victim of Coronavirus


Prayers will be said and the church bell rung at Holy Trinity church, Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday 23 March to mark a National Day of Reflection, a year after the start of the first lockdown. The vicar, the Rev’d Patrick Taylor said, “the church will be open from 11am for those who wish to come and light a candle or say a prayer to remember someone they know who has been affected by the pandemic. Then at 12noon we will toll the bell to remember each person who has died in the Stratford-upon-Avon district. We stand together with everyone who is grieving as we commemorate this tragic loss of life”

Organised by Marie Curie and supported by the Church of England, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. Holy Trinity church will be open for prayer from 11am-12noon, when a minute’s silence will be held to commemorate the tragic loss of life this past year. The church bell will then be tolled for each person who has died in the Stratford-upon-Avon district (295 at the time of writing).





Saying goodbye to The Rev'd Canon Andrew Dow and Miriam Dow

The congregation of Holy Trinity church have said a fond farewell to two well known and greatly loved members of the community. The Rev. Andrew and Miriam Dow, who are moving to Moreton in Marsh, have both been very active in the town during the ten years they have lived here. Andrew was Chaplain to two Mayors of Stratford-upon-Avon and was the official photographer for the town’s Neighbourhood Plan. Miriam was Secretary to Stratford in Bloom and has worked part time in the Town Hall. They were both very active at Holy Trinity, where Andrew was on the Ministry Team and regularly preached and led services, especially with young families. Miriam was Secretary to the Parochial Church Council. Leaving gifts were given to them by the vicar, the Rev. Patrick Taylor, who said, “due to Covid restrictions we were not able to make a presentation in a church service, as we would like to have done. However, a socially distanced visit to their front doorstep enabled me to hand over some gifts to thank Andrew and Miriam for all they have done for the town and Holy Trinity church over the years”. A video of the presentation was made and shown at the end of the online service on 10th January (this can still be viewed on the Holy Trinity You Tube Channel). 


New CMS Mission partners

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