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TRINITY TIMES the parish magazine of Holy Trinity

JULY and AUGUST 2012 Final Issue number 88

FAREWELL TO THE “TRINITY TIMES”...... This is – very sadly – my last Trinity Times letter, because this is the last ever “Trinity Times”. May I first pay tribute to Joan Millard, who has worked so very hard putting the magazine together, as its editor; a big enough job in itself, which is then followed, every month, by hours in the parish office, as Joan prints off the 1,000 + magazines on the photocopier, folds them all, and puts them into labelled bundles for delivery. Thank you so much Joan, for your dedication.....and stamina! Joan is going to enjoy a well-earned retirement from the rigours of producing the Trinity Times. As Joan is stepping down, the PCC has decided – in the light of Joan’s “retirement”, and in the light of the soaring costs of producing the magazine - that we will instead look at producing the occasional colour newsletter, for distribution to the whole parish. So look out for something glossy coming through your door from us at some point! The colour newsletters won’t be as frequent as the Trinity Times, but we hope they will be informative and helpful. I personally have been grateful to so many of you for the feedback you have given on my “Vicar’s Letters”. The feedback has run from fulsome praise, through to “what on earth are you saying that for?” type responses. I hope at least they haven’t been too dull! Many and grateful thanks not only to Joan Millard, but to the many others who have contributed “copy” during the Trinity Times’ existence, and to the army of distributors, who pound the streets and climb many stairs, to get your magazine to you. With the newsletter coming, it’s a case of “bye for now”! With love Fr Andy


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If you are new to the area and/or reading Trinity Times for the first time Welcome. Set out below are a few details about the Church which we hope you will find helpful Also check out our website at

We are here

You will find us on the east side of Haslar Road; look for the steeple - you can’t miss us! We are a Church of England Church in the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth and we are linked with Christ Church, Stoke Road.

We worship ‘in the round’ which we find is a very friendly way of worshipping - it enhances the feeling of ‘family’ in the church. In addition to the times We use incense at our listed on the following Sunday services (only) - in page, we are normally other words we are a open to visitors Tuesday “Smells & Bells” church. to Friday 1.30 to 3.30 We have hearing loop and pm and Saturday 10.00 voice enhancement systems am to 2.00 pm. installed. This work was funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery fund

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And Also We have 2 meeting rooms available for hire; one holds a maximum of 60 people and the other 12 people. Kitchen facilities are available. There are toilets on the ground floor and a lift to the first floor. Telephone Fr Andy for details.

Our vicar is Rev Andy Davis. (We usually call him Fr. Andy but Andy is OK) As our priest, he is always happy to see anyone who needs to talk with him about anything. He can be contacted at 9 Britannia Way, Gosport. Tel: 023 9258 0173 or Mobile: 077 0991 9602. (He is not usually around on Mondays) TRINITY TIMES

SERVICE TIMES SUNDAYS** Parish Mass 11.00 am Vespers and Benediction 6.00 pm (A quiet, reflective service to end one week and begin another)

✠ MONDAYS Father Andy’s day off

✠ TUESDAYS Mass 9.30 am (30 minutes, quiet, prayerful, peace-giving)

✠ WEDNESDAYS 5.45 pm Prayer Group (An informal gathering, to pray – quietly and simply – For the church, the world and those suffering and in need)

Mass 6.30 pm (30 minutes, quiet, prayerful, peace-giving)

✠ FRIDAYS Mass 5.00 pm (30 minutes, quiet, prayerful, peace-giving)

**On each occurrence of a fifth Sunday in a month, a joint service will be held alternating between Holy Trinity and Christ Church. The next joint service will be held at 9.30 a.m. at Christ Church on Sunday 29th July 2012

Trinity Times is published by Holy Trinity Church, Gosport, Hampshire. It is distributed free of charge to more than 1,000 households and 160 shops in the Parish. You can also view in colour on our website: Editor: Joan Millard


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Holy Trinity Church, Gosport opened its doors to the people of Gosport in September 1696. In the late nineteenth century architect Sir Arthur Blomfield designed a detached brick campanile which became a landmark for generations of naval captains. The clock in the tower faces out in four directions and was paid for by public subscription. It is a large and impressive piece of Victorian engineering made in 1890 by Gillett & Co of Croydon who were one of the best makers of turret clocks in the world. Holy Trinity Church needs ÂŁ15,500 to repair the clock, after its mechanics stopped working due to a combination of the extreme winter weather and age. The Church has chosen Gillett & Johnston of Croydon (who continue the same firm!) to carry out a full restoration. Once restored the clock will have an almost indefinite life as it is so well made and future generations will thank us in achieving this task at this time. The Church has launched an appeal to raise funds to repair its iconic clock which so far stands at almost ÂŁ10,000. We therefore

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still need to raise a further £5,500. Holy Trinity church is well maintained and used by the local community. Alongside daily acts of worship, the church hosts a busy programme of concerts and community events, including school, youth orchestras and choirs. The church is open every day and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. You can support our appeal by making a donation, in addition if you are a UK taxpayer, please tick and complete below and your gift will be worth more to us. #………………………………………………………………………………………………


I am a UK taxpayer and wish this gift to Holy Trinity Church to be accepted as “gift aid”. I wish the Church to reclaim tax on all donations I make from this declaration. I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. Name (capitals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post code . . . . . . . . . . . Please make your cheque payable to ‘Holy Trinity Church PCC’ and send this completed form and your cheque to; Fr Andy Davis BSc Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Gosport 9 Britannia Way, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4FZ Telephone: 023 92 580173 or 07709 919602 Email: TRINITY TIMES

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TEA TIME CONCERTS 2012 At Holy Trinity we continue our “Tea-Time Concerts” at 3.30 pm on the first Sunday of each month. Admission to all the concerts is free although a retiring collection is taken for the benefit of the organ restoration project. All the musicians give freely of their talents as their contribution to this project. Afternoon tea is served in the Capper Room after each concert. These concerts, which last no longer than an hour, present the opportunity to hear fine music in the generous acoustic of this beautiful Church. Why not give it a try? It’s a very pleasant way in which to while away a Sunday afternoon. Details of the August, September and October concerts are set out below.

SUNDAY 5th AUGUST A Salad of Singing for a Summer’s Afternoon

ST. VINCENT SINGERS Sing music for a Royal Jubilee

PORTSMOUTH PLAYERS AND SINGERS Perform songs from the shows

JENNIFER PARKER-LUMMIS Sings operatic arias from Handel, Puccini, Strauss and Tesori

SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER Music from Haydn and Mozart Sung by the Choir of

SACRED HEART, FAREHAM directed by Richard Dewland

SUNDAY 7th OCTOBER Music from the 17th to the 21st Century Sung by



From: Tamsin Ozling<> To: Great Aunt Pru Subject: Many apologies Hi Aunt Pru, I’m sorry I’ve caused some confusion with dates. I don’t know how it happened but I notice that I left out some information from my earlier email setting out travel details - I obviously didn’t have my brain in gear at the time! As you now know, while I was due to leave Townsville at the end of June, I shall not be arriving in the UK until the second week of July. I wanted to spend a few days with family in Cairns (from where I’m writing this) before I leave Australia; I’m due to fly out on the 6th July and then will have a couple of days stop-over in Singapore before flying on to the UK. I’m so pleased you’ve organised transport to pick me up from Heathrow; I wasn’t sure how I’d manage my luggage coming by National Express which is by far the cheapest way to travel - you see, I am learning to look after the cents (sorry pennies)! I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather reports for your part of the world and it’s not looking good - your summer is colder and wetter than our winter, which is what I shall be leaving. Soon after I arrive I think I’ll trawl the op shops (sorry, charity shops) to see what warm clothing I can get - all part of looking after the pennies, you see. I was relieved to hear that my text books had arrived safely; the cost of sending them still worked out cheaper than having to get new (or even secondhand) ones later on; it’s true I might have been able to find some of them on Amazon but at least now I don’t have to worry about that. Aren’t you amazed at how sensible I’ve become since I last stayed with you? You’ll be pleased to know that I don’t smoke any more - well it’s literally burning money, isn’t it? Nor do I go out partying any more - too expensive! I’m so looking forward to seeing you (and, of course, the rest of the family) soon. With lots of love from your now very sensible and loving niece…. Tammy


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THOUGHT LINES.... 17th Century Nun’s Prayer Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself, that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessing cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint - some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. AMEN

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....AND SMILE LINES How many church members does it take to change a light bulb? What do you mean CHANGE??? That light bulb was given in memory of my grandmother! My father installed it with his bare hands! He donated his time AND the use of his ladder to do it, too! My family's been members of this church for four generations! And if you think you're going to come in here and make a bunch of changes all of a sudden, vicar, you've got another think coming!

Naughty mummy A mother asked her young son, as they waited for the bus, to tell the driver he was five years old, because then he would ride for free. As they got into the bus the driver asked him how old he was. "I am five years old," said the little boy proudly. The driver had a son of his own that age, and smiled. "And when will you be six years old?" he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I get off the bus," answered the boy.

Sent away An irritated mother complained to her friend: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was a kid, my parents sent me to my room without supper if I misbehaved. But my son has his own TV, telephone, computer, and every computer game and CD player in his room!" "So how do you handle it?" her friend asked. "I send him to MY room!"

Politicians welcome At the pearly gates, St. Peter greeted a church minister and member of Parliament and gave them their room keys. "Vicar, here are the keys to one of our nice single rooms. And for you, Mr MP, the keys to our finest penthouse suite." "This is unfair!" cried the minister. "Listen," St. Peter said, "ministers are a ten a penny up here, but this is the first MP we've ever seen." TRINITY TIMES

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My upright says this is the last time there’s going to be a magazine, so I won’t be writing this any more. I’m really sad about that as I’m always meeting people who say: “Oh! I know you, you’re Mollie! I enjoy reading what you’ve written.” I even met an upright who lives on a boat who reads about me. There was something special happening at the Forkland Gardens, so we went down on the bike after church. We had to stop because the road was closed and there were three police uprights. One of them, whose name was Louise, said she’d have to rest me, on account of my being so beautiful, and take me to be a police dog. I don’t think I’d be very good at chasing anyone - it’s the leg thing; but I’d make a good sniffer dog. Our upright said that it’s not sniffing things like tripe sticks or chocolate cake and my reward would be to chase a ball. I’ve never seen much point in all that ball-chasing; not like Sascha, she’d chase a ball forever, so I think I‘ll have the rest instead the rest the police lady was talking about. Our upright has been reading about someone called Mousey Tongue who lived in a place called China. I thought china was what you drink tea from, not live in, but anyway, he said that dogs are “a manifestation of bourgeois decadence.” I needed help with that bit, for obvious reasons. Our upright said it was a pity I didn’t ask for help with his name, but you don’t ask for help if you don’t need it. Well I’m sorry that I won’t be talking to you any more, but if you see me round and about - and I’m always round and about - it will be very nice to have you stroke me and tell me how beautiful I am. The editor, for one, will certainly miss Mollie’s imaginative approach to spelling and will leave it to our readers to interpret “Forkland” and “Mousey Tongue”. Page 14


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