Join in church’s 50th celebrations

METHODIST MILESTONE: Senior steward Gwyneth Priestley (left) and Minister Rev Anne Jeffrey are celebrating the 50 years that Trinity Methodist Church has been based on Fleetwood Road.
METHODIST MILESTONE: Senior steward Gwyneth Priestley (left) and Minister Rev Anne Jeffrey are celebrating the 50 years that Trinity Methodist Church has been based on Fleetwood Road.

A FLEETWOOD church is celebrating 50 years of being based at its current site – and local people can get involved.

Trinity Methodist Church has been established at its Fleetwood Road site since April 1961.

And as the church celebrates the milestone, local folk who have even casual links to Trinity are being invited to share the jubilee celebrations.

Methodists had been meeting in the west end of Fleetwood before the actual church was built.

Meetings had been held at Flakefleet Primary School, where a Sunday school was started, and at the St John Ambulance Hall on West View where adult sessions were held.

However, establishing their own church building was a landmark event for the worshippers.

When the Trinity church premises opened five decades ago, the Fleetwood Chronicle reported the event as being both a proud day for Fleetwood and for local Methodists.

Over the years Trinity has been maintained as a place of worship and a place serving its community by providing activities and a venue for outside groups.

The current minister is Rev Ann Jeffrey, who also heads the Mount Methodist Church in the older, north east part of Fleetwood.

Helping the minister with Trinity’s silver jubilee celebrations is Gwyneth Priestley, the church’s senior steward.

Gwyneth said: “Our church calendar stretches from September to September, so we will be holding various celebrations until the end of August.

“One of the biggest events will be a special service on Sunday May 15 at 3pm, when we are inviting the then Mayor of Wyre, local church leaders and people from the community into the church.

“We will also have a special guest, the Rev Stephen Poxon, who is chairman of the Lancashire District of Methodist churches.”

Past ministers from Trinity are also being invited back to the church during special monthly services.

And members of the Fleetwood public who have any kind of link to the church are also being invited to attend jubilee coffee mornings on the first Friday of every month, between 10.30am and noon.

The next one is on Friday March 4.

Perhaps you were a baby weighed at the baby clinic held on Mondays, or were you a Larkholme High School pupil when the school used Trinity rooms as classrooms?

If you were married at the church, attended Girls’ or Boys’ Brigade groups, attended a disco in the church hall or were in one of the church’s carnival floats, you are invited to attend!

Gwyneth said: “We are also involving a good community project – on Sundays we are collecting tins for the food bank based at West View Community Centre.

“We want it to be a year to remember for the church – just like the 175 is a big year for Fleetwood this year.”

If anyone wants to find out more about the church’s anniversary activities, phone Gwyneth on (01253) 873148 or alternatively email on Trinitymethodist50@gmail.com.