1000 years serving the Community of Cookham
Trinity Church, nestling on the banks of the Thames adjacent to Cookham bridge
has served the village community for 1000 years. A classic Norman church built
on the site of an earlier Saxon church. It is
suggested that in the wall behind the altar there still exists some traces of
Holy Trinity is a much loved church and, perhaps its most famous admirer was Sir Stanley Spencer, painting his famous picture of Jesus preaching at the Cookham Regatta. Holy Trinity churchyard is the setting for his famous painting "The Resurrection". He referred to Cookham as "a village in Heaven". Fellow-villagers frequently stand in for their Gospel counterparts, lending Christian teachings an eerie immediacy. As custodians of this ancient building we have a duty of care. It is our duty to cherish and care for this beautiful church for those who come after us – as has been done by our forebears for us. Like most ancient buildings Holy Trinity Church suffers from a huge backlog of repair largely derived from well-intentioned but inappropriate repair and maintenance over the years.
The Restoration Programme (2010-2015)
In 2008, as a result of a quinquennial inspection report (a Diocesan required professional survey of the church building and fabric every five years) Holy Trinity decided to embark on a c. £400,000 church restoration programme. With the benefit of two generous and substantial donations, as well as a series of fund-raising initiatives, we were able to tackle some significant projects. The majority of this programme is now complete.
The next Restoration Programme – 2016 onwards
The quinquennial inspection carried out in the latter part of 2013, revealed a further series of required projects that can be summarised as follows:-
Windows project – phase 3
Upgrade of exterior walls – extensive repairs and maintenance. Some structural cracks.
Churchyard tombstones and graves – making safe and orderly
Miscellany of minor projects
Part time project manager
Our Conservation Architect, with whom we have a lot of confidence due to his track record and professionalism, judges that once this next restoration programme has been carried out we will probably be in good shape for the next 70 years, subject to a well-planned annual maintenance programme.
Donations and/or fundraising projects to help the church raise the funds for this final programme would be sincerely appreciated. A donation form is attached. Bequests relating to any part of this Restoration programme, in memory of a loved one, will be welcome. Any enquiries or queries relating to the programme should be addressed to Mike Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Harris (email@example.com) November 2014 update