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We are a Warm Welcome Space

Orange and red logo for a warm welcome space.

We are now open as a warm welcome space on:

  • Fridays from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.
  • Hot drinks and snacks, free wifi, phone charging, board games, friendly conversations, safe space.

The URC Proudly Celebrated 50 years

Members, ministers and friends of the United Reformed Church gathered in London on 15 April to mark the denomination’s 50th anniversary.

Around 1,200 people attended the rail strike-postponed celebrations at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, the same place that English Congregationalists and Presbyterians gathered on 5 October 1972 to vote the URC into being.

Decorations created by members of the URC hung around the hall - including many from Trinity-Henleaze URC, a sounding trumpet heralded the beginning of the service, as in 1972, celebration of communion, and artwork from across the denomination was displayed in colourful presentation.

Led by the Revd John Bradbury, General Secretary of the URC, and the Moderator and Moderator-Elect of the URC General Assembly, the Revds Fiona Bennett and Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson, the service reflected the denomination’s past, present and future, as well as its place in the world Church.

Revd. Neil Thorogood’s poem was the winning entry for the URC’s 50th Anniversary Worship Resources competition. This was sung to music.

New video walkthrough of our spaces

Creating a welcoming garden space

We have been making our garden areas more welcoming and areas to relax in.
Here are some images of the cleared areas, new paving and benches:

Image of the block paving being laid in the cleared garden spaces. Image of the cleared garden areas with the orange coloured block paving.
Image of the benches on arrival outside the church with the scripture inspired inscriptions. Neil moves the benches into position with some help.

BDAA Silver award

We are delighted to say that we have received the Image of the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance logo . BDAA (Bristol Dementia Action Alliance) Silver award for our ‘Singing to Remember’ activities. Image of the the BDAA Silver Award.

Singing to Remember is run on First, Third and Fifth Thursdays in the Bradbury Hall from 2:00 pm.

New Signs Go Up

We recently refreshed the signs on the Church Buildings:

Image of the new sign at the font of the Church. Image of the signs on Church House.
Image of the signs going up from Henleaze Road side. New sign up on Henleaze Road side.

Bristol Faith Manifesto

Image of the Bristol faith manifesto booklet.

The Bristol Faith Manifesto is a result of work by representatives of different faiths in the city including Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish.
It highlights the significant role that faith has in the life of our city and sets out five aspirations that are common to all faiths and that the group commits to working with the Mayor to achieve. We believe the role of Mayor can unite, serve and lead our City by:

  • CELEBRATING DIVERSITY Building tolerance and understanding into the fabric of society, which is key to tackling crucial issues such as hate crime.
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY Encouraging common bonds across generational, ethnic and social divides, along with increased provision of affordable housing.
  • STRENGTHENING FAMILIES Building resilient homes for families and households, through support for young people, relationships and parenting.
  • CHALLENGING POVERTY Identifying and understanding poverty wherever it is found and developing a strategic plan to overcome gaps in provision.
  • TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE Building on Bristol’s twin reputation as a city of innovation and a leader in responding to the Climate Emergency, to welcome and incentivise a greener future through a bold approach to planning, housing, transport and public procurement.
For more information go to Bristol faith manifesto.

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

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.

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.