Trimdon Village church celebrates 150th anniversary

CELEBRATION: Bishop Seamus Cunningham cutting the cake and (below) the Bishop with Lucy Tennick, who performed at the event
CELEBRATION: Bishop Seamus Cunningham cutting the cake and (below) the Bishop with Lucy Tennick, who performed at the event

A CHURCH celebrated its 150th anniversary with a service attended by dignitaries and from across the North-East and beyond.

More than 150 people attended the special mass at St William’s Roman Catholic Church in Trimdon Village.

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Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council, and Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, were among those present at the service, led by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham.

The mass was part of a year long series of events and services to celebrate the anniversary, which was marked on the day of the milestone in January.

Children from St William’s RC Primary School in the village performed a dance, as well as contributing items to a time capsule, which will be buried in the church grounds.

Parish priest Father Shaun Swales said it went very well despite the weather, which forced the celebrations to be held inside the church, and there was a good community spirit.

He added: “All the hard work of the 150th anniversary committee paid off in a wonderful way. We had a wonderful contribution from the representatives from St William’s School not only in the altar servers but the children who did well with their performance.

“We looked at thanksgiving for the past but also the future as well. It was very successful.”

Dom Cuthbert Brogan, who is originally from Trimdon and now an abbot in Surrey, was among a string of clergymen who attended the service.

Representatives from other nearby churches of many Christian denominations also attended, including John Burton, the constituency aid for former Prime Minister Tony Blair.