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High Time

Introduction

High Time was the name of the project of repair, restoration and improvement launched at Holy Trinity church on 23rd May 2014.

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The project included these works in the tower:

  1. Urgent structural repairs to restore stability
  2. Replacement of decayed timbers
  3. Provision of safe access
  4. Restoration of the tower clock
  5. Restoration of the two church bells
  6. Prevention of rainwater ingress and improved drainage

In addition, the High Time project encompassed improvements to the interior of Holy Trinity. The aim of these was to make the church more flexible and convenient for use by both parish and community groups, as well as being more welcoming to visitors. These interior improvements included:

  1. Installation of a kitchenette for preparing refreshments
  2. Opening up of the space to make it more suitable for large-scale events
  3. An improved play area for small children
  4. New lighting at the west end of the church
  5. Interior glass doors
  6. Information and interpretation displays

Summary Of Major Works

External

  1. Urgent structural repairs to tower masonry and brickwork
  2. Re-capping of tower, and improvement of rainwater dispersal
  3. Improvement to internal access ways and flooring
  4. Restoration of tower clock and four dials
  5. Refurbishment and re–hanging of two bells

Internal

The items listed below were aimed at creating a better community environment.

  1. Improvements to west end interior of church:
  2. Catering facility (including café style facilities)
  3. Children’s play area
  4. Interior glass doors
  5. Visitor welcoming
  6. Provision of larger space for community activities
  7. Lighting
  8. Seating
  9. Heritage interpretation displays
Holy Trinity tower with scaffolding

Holy Trinity is a Grade II* listed building which dates from 1835. It is a prominent feature of Fareham, being one of the few historically important buildings in the town’s main commercial thoroughfare, West Street.

For almost 180 years, Holy Trinity has played an important role in the life of the local community. Today it remains at the heart of Fareham, with over thirty organizations, social, charitable and cultural, catering for people of all ages, using the premises on a regular basis.

Visitors are welcomed in the church every day of the week, to learn more about Fareham’s heritage, to find a listening ear, or simply to enjoy an opportunity for rest or quiet reflection.

Many weddings, baptisms and funerals take place here, as well as carol services or commemorations for schools and other local organizations. Each November the Civic Act of Remembrance is held at the War Memorial outside the church, followed by a special service in the church.

The church is regularly used as a venue by a wide range of choirs, bands, orchestras and other musicians, and occasionally hosts art exhibitions.

Holy Trinity church is a special place for everyone …