Final services at church

By Richard Wright

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Final services at church

Holy Trinity churchwarden, Don Glassey.

HISTORIC Holy Trinity Church, Ryde, closes its doors for the final time on Sunday, January 26.

The 9.15am service will mark the end of the Dover Street church for use for Church of England services.

A day earlier, a service of thanksgiving for the life of the church will be held there, at 4.30pm.

The carol service will be held on Sunday, at 6.30pm, and on Christmas Eve, there is a service at 11.30pm. There is also a 9.15am Christmas Day service.

The Church of England decided to close Holy Trinity because of dwindling congregations despite a campaign to save it.

Churchwarden Don Glassey, a worshipper there for 43 years, said: "It will be very sad for the community to lose Holy Trinity."

The church was built in 1845 to the design of architect, Thomas Hellyer, and is one of the twin landmark spires of Ryde.



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by Steven Goodman

23rd December 2013, at 17:35:33

matthew - why destroy good architecture & heritage when conversion for housing is possible?

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by Scott Angles

21st December 2013, at 19:45:15

I think instead of giving people unnecessary aggro at this time, just say that we are very sad to hear it.

That said, Ryde could do with a Poundland.

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by Russell Palin

21st December 2013, at 19:44:32

Those forever without religion will never know.
Time has marched on, relentless, through war and harvest.
I feel sorry for all those prayers over the years.
The world still fights, steals, lies and gorges...
Those innocent children sat patiently cross legged and "time for prayers" ... The belief shown from innocent eyes always brings a tear, just like Dame Jessica Ennis herself, after winning gold for Great Britain, even the hardest and toughest did cry.... So did I. (rhyme not intended)
Herman Goering has the last laugh however. His bomb slighted the place in the 40's, anyway I am sure you are all bored by now.
So happy CHRISTMAS yes sad but true no church no presents.......sorry kids.

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by Jacqueline Chambers

21st December 2013, at 18:47:18

Baz, me too I'm an atheist, but like you say the architecture is lovely and should be saved. Not sure about your 'tongue in cheek' Wetherspoons idea! lol. I've always had the view, if God is everywhere, why do we need churches?

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by lulu arnold

21st December 2013, at 18:24:24

To leave another church empty is a disgrace to let the rain come in and the building to rot like St : Thomas church Ryde I can only hope it gets used for some good The regular worshipers must be very sad sorry to see it go. ,

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by Baz Taylor

21st December 2013, at 17:56:26

As a total atheist, I'm not in the least surprised. People are beginning to realise that the church has an imaginary friend. However, as a building, it is a lovely example of 1840's architecture and deserves to be saved.

I think a nice new Wetherspoons would do well there!

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by Colin Russell

21st December 2013, at 16:59:04

Sad loss closing the doors, i expect it will stay empty and the rot set,s in then it will cost to much to refurbish and down it will come,

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by C Ryan-Sammon

21st December 2013, at 14:23:22

Lovely building needs saving and could be used as homes for some of the homeless on the Island, Im sure the Lord would approve too.

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