A TEENAGER received the help of a former prime minister as he put pen to paper to write a book about his village’s historic church.
Adam Luke, 15, has written his first book called Doves, Pigeons and Masonry Bees: An Historical Encounter with St Mary Magdalene Church.
And the Trimdon Village teenager managed to get Tony Blair, whose former constituency of Sedgefield included Trimdon, and broadcaster John Grundy to contribute to the book.
In the book, Adam hails the church as the “proud queen of the village” and a “shining light in the community”.
The history of the 850-year-old church is charted in the book, which details the part it has played in the region’s history.
Adam, who is the church council’s youngest member, writes about how settlers chose the area to build the village that would become Trimdon, knowing “little of the turbulent and wonderfully diverse future ahead”.
Adam, who is a pupil at Framwellgate School and about to sit his GCSEs, said: “It has since the earliest of days been my greatest ambition to write a book.
“I also love the community of which I am a part, the village and its rich diverse history, and of course St Mary Magdalene Church.
“I have also included my passion for County Durham alongside all of these things to create this book.”
Adam, who turns 16 on March 15, the day after the book goes on general sale, added: “I really enjoyed researching in detail every chapter of the book.
“I enjoyed talking to older residents to find out information, searching the internet, reading around the subject.
“I also enjoyed choosing the photographs to be included.”
It took Adam, who was instrumental in leading a fundraising effort for improvements at the church, around 18 months to complete the book.
He added: “I never imagined that it would ever go into print.”
The book is published by Middlesbrough-based Quoin Publishing and is £4.99.
It will be on sale at Jane’s Hair Salon, in the village, and copies can be ordered at www.trimdon.com/dovespigeonsandmasonrybees.
The publication was part-funded by Councillor Peter Brookes, who represents Trimdon on Durham County Council’s members initiative fund.
For the rest of the money, Adam applied for grants but was unsuccessful.
In the end, his parents Alison and Andrew agreed to lend him the remaining £50, which he has now paid off.