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Bradpole is an old village joined to Bridport by housing and an industrial estate on its southern side. It once had a railway station which fell to the Beeching axe, now only an old level-crossing still exists. It is home to a variety of people having a generally younger population than the rest of Bridport. The River Asker with its fish and variety of bird life, including Kingfishers, meanders along one edge.
Holy Trinity Church, Bradpole has a range of Sunday and mid-week services suitable for everyone.
Sunday morning services alternate between a Holy Communion Service (Common Worship) and Morning Praise in which the music group lead the singing. On the third Sunday of the month ‘Bradpole Brunch’ meets in the Village Hall at 11.30 for bacon rolls and cheese toasties, tea and coffee. Children have craft activities and there is a short bible story at the end. Check the calendar (https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitybradpole/
) to see what is coming up – we offer a friendly welcome.
‘Tuesdays Together’ is a Communion Service at 2.30pm on the first Tuesday each month. There are three mid-week fellowship groups usually meeting in homes, and an active Mothers’ Union which meets on the third Tuesday of the month.
There is a strong and enthusiastic bell ringing team, and a twice monthly Luncheon Club for retired members of our community held in a local pub (The King’s Head).
The church has members who are able to take communion to those who worship at home; they provide a listening ear for the recently bereaved.
There will be a mid-week children’s club, meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesdays, and ‘Tots@Ten’ for children under five, and their parents and carers, meets in the church on Wednesdays (term time only) for coffee and fun. Check the calendar and/or Facebook page for restarting dates.
The church was built in the Victorian era and has an interesting spire which was refurbished in the summer of 2018. There is also some beautiful stained glass windows (repairs to the west window were carried out in the Spring of 2021). The church stands on a rise in the centre of the village, and there is a glimpse of the sea at West Bay, about two miles to the south, which can be gained from the churchyard which is still in use as a burial ground. The church has a pipe organ enthusiastically played by our excellent organists. There is also a music group and sometimes use is made of recorded hymns and songs.
In October 2013 the church reopened after a period of refurbishment. The old, dark pews were removed, a dais built and new underfloor heating installed. Along with video display screens for worship the overall effect is of new space and light and readiness for contemporary worship. In the summer of 2018 the church steeple was re-tiled with new wooden shingles.
Anniversary! Tuesday, 4th August, 1846 saw the opening of Holy Trinity Church, Bradpole, replacing an older building that was “entirely unsuitable” – the 175th Anniversary was celebrated with a Service of Thanksgiving on the actual anniversary and followed by Open Church from the 3rd to the 5th September which culminated with a Songs of Praise service on the Sunday afternoon.
Details of current activities, together with a recording of the service talks are shown on our Facebook Open Group page:
The local ministry team is led by Revd. Janis Moore – Mission Partner, Coral Hatton – Local Licensed Minister and supported by Martin Whiting – Lay Worship Leader. From May 2021 the day to day administration of the church transferred from the District Church Council to the Bradpole Sub Committee of the Bridport Parochial Church Council. The sub committee (Core Group) next meet on Friday 18th August at 9:30am, in the church, all are welcome to attend.