St Mary Magdalene’s, Trimdon Village
The church building dates from around 1145. A record from the 19th century describes the church as "a ruinous, neglected-looking edifice………..exceeding damp, and the only indications of recent attention to the edifice are a coat of yellow ochre in the interior and an external white washing."
Things have moved on a bit since then! In 1884 the North Aisle, the Vestry and a new stone font were added. 20th century improvements include gravestones from the churchyard being removed and repositioned next to the path leading to the east end of the church; choir pews removed to allow flexibility of use of the Chancel area; a new organ installed and the floor carpeted; a sound system installed; diseased trees replaced with now maturing trees.
The beginning of the 21st century has seen a new stained glass window installed dedicated to the memory of Councillor George (Mick) Terrans and a worn out rose bed replaced with gravel and flower tubs.
Since 2006, access to the building has been greatly improved, complete with a beautiful inner porch door. A moveable wooden font has replaced the old one and there is now a smart refreshment area. We have finally managed to install a toilet in this wonderful old building and at the same time, the vestry has been extended and modernised.
The building and churchyard are maintained on a weekly basis by small team of volunteers. The church has a very efficient gas central heating . There is no church hall.
Also of note -
East End Cemetery , Hurworth Burn Road, Garden of remembrance & Memorial Trimdon Grange Colliery mining disaster 16th February 1882
Tony Blair memorial plaque, @ the west gate main entrance.
Dedication of the Magnificat Window by Bridget Jones 16th November 2013 in memory of Lily Burton November 2011 , served as organist, flower arranger and church councillor.
Church Roof project completed in September 2016, replaced the slates, refelted & thermal insulation. Bell cote & external walls refurbished, Internal walls with masonary paint.
St. Mary Magdalene Church oak Noticeboard @ the west gate main entrance August 2017 in memory of David Tate & Graydon Makepease church councillors.
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