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Laptops for Schools.

Can you help?

Do you have an old laptop you don’t use anymore?

DigiLocal is working with a number of partners across the region to provide re-conditioned laptops for vulnerable families. If you have a laptop that is no longer needed for your purposes, there may be a family that would greatly value it for online schooling, accessing social support, etc.

How to donate You can donate your laptop following the COVID-safe procedure below:

  • Please ensure the laptop is fully turned off (not in sleep mode)
  • Place the laptop in a clear plastic bag
  • Place the laptop at the doorstep of the office door (located opposite the St Peter’s Hospice shop) and knock on the door
  • Wait 2 meters from the door until the door is answered and the donation taken inside.
We are collecting laptops here at Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church on Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am – 12noon
If you don’t have a laptop to donate, but would still like to help…

Digilocal are also collecting donations to pay for 4G connectivity. A laptop is only useful if it can access online learning materials and 12% of young people (700,000 nationally) do not have access at home. Please consider supporting a young person.

For more information see


Image of people joining together. We are pleased to join in with the work of Together4Bristol - a group of Churches together in the Bristol region which is building Bristol as a city of hope. For more information of their activities and to sign up to their newsletter see

New Minister - Revd. Neil Thorogood - joins our Shared Pastorate.

Neil, Jenny, Samuel and Thomas moved into the manse as planned on the 22nd July. They have been using the time since, settling in and getting to know the area. The Waterford room in church house has become Neil’s office. It is looking quite cosy as he settles and sorts things there as well. Neil will be supporting our joint pastorate with Thornbury United Reformed Church and we are looking forward to a closer union with this local church. As you can imagine the start of Neil’s time with us is not as we would have planned.

The Travelling Light Theatre Company.

In one of our Church Services, we learnt more about the work of the Travelling Light Theatre Company (TLTC) and its aim to invest in childhood and give children the opportunity to make, be part of and experience great stories through art, dance and drama. The TLTC are aiming to raise £50,000 and all donations are welcome!

Bradbury Hall Complex.

We have developed our website to produce an automatic calculation of charges for hiring our facilities. On the press of a button this can be submitted to our administrator so that she can confirm the facilities are available and confirm the booking.

Pastoral News.

Sadly, this year we have had to announce the death of a number of our long standing Church members. Our prayers are with their families. If you would like us to pray for an area of your life which of concern or for someone else then come to our 10:30 am Friday morning prayer sessions in the Quiet room (see Whats on at church) or contact us.

Creation tapestries produced by Janny Bennitt

One of our members has produced these beutiful and intricate tapestries of the creation story. Janny says that she is going to give these to be displayed at St Monica Trust in Cote Lane, Westbury. They are truly beautiful.

Image of the light as a tapestry. Image of the sun and moon as a tapestry.
Image of thewaters being divided from the sea as a tapestry. Image of the plants on the earth as a tapestry.
Image of the world with creatures as a tapestry. Image of the birds in the air and fish in the sea as a tapestry

Briswool Event

A few people in our congregation had fun at the Briswool event held recently. As you can see!
Image of the Bristol Suspension bridge all knitted in different coloured wools.
Image happy women sitting and knitting at the Briswool event.

Harvest Service and Mary’s Meals

The Harvest Service was led by the whole of the Junior Church on Sunday 28th September . This was a very joyous occasion. The children told the story of Creation and how we can look after God’s world, they also acted out Luke 14, the parable of the big feast. The congregation learnt about the charity, Mary’s Meals which the Junior Church support. During the harvest lunch of chilli, jacket potatoes and cake, a video about Mary’s Meals was shown and a collection taken. Overall £630 was raised for this charity, which provides a daily meal in places of education in Malawi and other countries so that chronically poor children are attracted to school and can gain precious education. The picture shown is of some of the congregation watching the video.
Image of people eating lunch in the Bradbury Hall with a video showing on the large screen.

Christian Aid coffee morning

The Church was pleased to have raised a good amount for Christian aid at the coffee morning and cake sale held in May.

Image of Sue and Jenny at the serving hatch with Christian Aid aprons on. Image of people having refreshments at the Christian aid coffee morning. Image of people having refreshments at the Christian aid coffee morning.

New Toilets for the Church and Toilet twinning with Bangladesh and Burundi

We have just completed the build of four new Church toilets.These are at the front of the church next to the vestry. As part of this project we decided to ‘twin’ them with four toilets in the Third World. For £60 each we twinned two of our toilets with villages in Bangladesh and two with villages in Burundi. For further details of toilet twinning see

Seven mile long scarf

The Trinity-Henleaze Church knitting group has been knitting part of a seven mile long scarf, which was taken to Aldermaston for the CND protest. The Bristol bit is over 100 metres long and is seen in the photo. The scarf will link Aldermaston with Burghfield, another weapons factory. This peace scarf highlights the fact that the government is planning to spend £100 billion to replace Trident.
Image of a long pink scarf in front of the suspension bridge.


Some members of the Church visited Iona and were fortunate to see a puffin too!
A puffin being observed by two women. Group of six people waiting for train to Iona. Two women outside arch to Iona Abbey. Two women walking aroung a labyrinth on the white sandy beach of Iona.

Junior Church BBQ

On a brilliantly hot Sunday in July the Junior Church children and their families enjoyed a wonderful BBQ at the Manse.
Children eating BBQ food at a table in the sunshine.

WW1 Poppy Update

The poppies are growing well and we now have some flowers showing. The first flowers bloomed on the weekend of 28th June and we remembered in Church the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on this day in 1914. We reflected that the red poppies appeared first before the white ones opened.
Image of two planters containing white and red poppies.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Craft Sale

On Saturday 17th May the Church held a coffee morning combined with a craft sale with proceeds going to Christian Aid. This raised £1200 in total.
Image of stalls on the morning with pictures painted by the Art group and others.

Cathedrals and Cappuccinos

During the same morning Trish Rogers came and talked to us about her book ‘Cathedrals and Cappuccinos’ Trish based her book on her remarkable experiences visiting every cathedral in England. The book is dedicated to her late husband and sold in aid of Christian Aid.
Image of stalls on the morning with pictures painted by the Art group and others.

Cabaret Evening with Sue K and the Caplin Quartet

On the evening of Saturday 17th May the Church held a cabaret evening in aid of Henleaze@Heart. This was organised by the Social Committee. It was an evening of music and entertainment with a few surprises from some of our own home grown talent!
Image of the Sue Caplin band playing watched by attendees.

Planting Red and White Poppy seeds for WW1 centenary

On Good Friday our morning service began in the church garden. With reflections on the centenary of the beginnings of World War 1 and prayers for peace we planted poppy seeds: red for remembrance and white for the hope of peace. Collage of Good Friday planting of poppy seeds in the church garden.

On Easter Sunday some of our children in Junior Church planted more.

Children planing poppy seeds with the Minister.
‘Lord God of past, present and future thank-you for the gift of memory. Help us to remember wisely - not seeking only those memories that confirm what we have always believed. Thank-you for the gift of hope. Help us to hope wisely - and not for what secures our future at the expense of the life and wellbeing of others. Amen.’

Local Mission and Ministry Review

In January we started a review of our Local Ministry and Mission (LMMR). We have held various ‘sacred conversations’ during Sunday morning worship looking at various aspects of our spiritual life and links with the wider community. In connection with this we have held some fruitful discussions with the groups using our halls and premises. Did you know that we have 3000 users through our premises each month? If you would like to book one of our rooms or halls then see Church facilities and booking details.