Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church
Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church is situated in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. It stands four km north west of the city centre on Middlewood Road across from Hillsborough Park at grid reference SK330902.
The church has recently had a website built by Jake Ledger (Member of the 20th BB) and can be viewed at the address, www.hillsboroughtrinity.org.uk .
The church was built at the beginning of the 20th century by John W. Firth to cater to the increasing population as it expanded into the countryside around Sheffield. The site was purchased from J. Willis Dixon of Hillsborough Hall (now Hillsborough library) in December 1898 for £547. An “Iron Church” was erected on nearby Leader road and was used for temporary worship while the church was being built.
Hillsborough Trinity was designed in the Gothic style and cost £5,500, opening on 1 September 1902. The church was originally designated as Methodist New Connexion, one of the many factions of the original Wesleyan Methodist church, it merged into the main Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1932. Methodism reached its peak at the beginning of the 20th century when there were eight Methodist churches in the Hillsborough area. However, Hillsborough Trinity is the only one remaining, as the other seven have been demolished or now being used for other purposes. The church has changed very little externally over the years, although a new church hall was added in 1963. The interior of the church has been modified to cater for the needs of modern worship, the original balcony is now not used because of safety concerns.
Present day and future
The church has extensive adjoining buildings (engraved Sunday School, AD 1901) which are still used for Sunday School as well as Brownies, Boys' Brigade as well as many other community events such as coffee mornings, dancing and meetings. The present Minister, the Rev Maurice Stafford and his staff have plans for the future of the church to make it a major community building. The plans, as yet not finalised, could range from just a major refurbishment to a complete rebuild.
The plans have more recently been finalised (Summer 2010) and it has been decided that a refurbishment is more fitting. As part of the refurbishment the hall's stage has been removed to extend the halls length; the size of the kitchen has been increased by moving the wall separating it and the beginners room. As well as a re-size the kitchen has also had a full new fit out of equipment and work-surfaces. Two new rooms have also been added in the loft space above what was the stage. and the whole of the church has also been re-painted as well as having new "tube" lighting fitted in nearly all rooms.
The 20th Sheffield Company - Boys Brigade is based at the church and runs the Anchors & Junior Sections on Thursday evenings and the Company & Senior Sections on Friday evenings. In addition to this the church service for the Uniformed Groups (i.e. Boys Brigade, Guides, et al.) is held the Second Sunday of every month.
- "The Complete Hillsborough by her people", Mick Drewry, ISBN 1-901587-47-9 Pages 59 Gives historical information.
- "Profile Hillsborough" (Magazine) Gives details of history present day and future.