Church will mark 150th anniversary

Members of the St William's 150th Anniversary Committee at the church
Members of the St William's 150th Anniversary Committee at the church

PARISHIONERS are set to commemorate a church’s 150th anniversary with a year-long programme of celebrations.

St William’s Church in Trimdon Village was opened on January 17, 1864, and a packed schedule of events is set to be held to celebrate the milestone.

It will start with an anniversary mass on Friday, January 17.

Other highlights include mass celebrated by Bishop Seamus Cunningham, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, a concert by Hartlepool Male Voice Choir, a parish pilgrimage to York which is the birthplace of St William, the creation of a plaque listing all of the priests who have served the parish, a historical open day and a photographic display.

Parish priest, Fr Shaun Swales urged people to attend the celebrations and mark the “significant event”.

He said: “The 150th anniversary of the opening of St William’s Catholic Church, Trimdon in 1864, is a significant event and will be marked by mass at 10am on January 17 at St William’s Catholic Church, Front Street, Trimdon Village. A commemorative plaque naming all the parish priests will also be unveiled.

“This will mark the beginning of the year’s celebrations. There will be other events later in the year, chiefly mass celebrated by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on Saturday, June 7, at noon.

“All the events are open to all who wish to join the Catholic community in the Trimdons in celebrating their long heritage of Christian witness in this area. Catholic life continued unbroken even at the Reformation supported by the landed Catholic families at Croxdale, Wheatly Hill and Trimdon.”