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Kendal’s oldest and Cumbria’s widest church – call for volunteer ‘welcomers’

Kendal Parish Church, Holy Trinity. Credit Ian Wood Photography

KENDAL Parish Church is recruiting volunteers to help welcome the thousands of people who visit the historic building each year.

With parts dating back to 1232, it is the town’s oldest building and its five aisles make it one of the largest parish churches in England.

Volunteers will guide visitors to the many points of interest including its 32 stained glass windows, memorials and three family chapels – one has a tomb believed to be that of William Parr, grandfather of Katherine who was the last wife of King Henry VIII. There are also modern features – a large stainless steel Corona made in 1969 by the Keswick School of Industrial Arts and a sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos.

Vicar Rob Saner-Haigh says Holy Trinity Parish Church is a particularly good reason for people to come to Kendal and he hopes volunteers will come forward to help provide a brilliant welcome.

“We are looking for people who love local history, chatting to others and sharing their knowledge” says Rob Saner-Haigh.

“You don’t have to be a Christian, or even religious, to volunteer, just enthusiastic and friendly and keen to share the history of this amazing church with others.

“Your role will be to help bring the social stories of this special building to life for visitors from around the world – whatever your background or personality, and whether or not you have a faith. If you have a positive approach, an ability to communicate, a few hours to spare and you are over 18 we’d love to hear from you.

“In return you will become part of a sociable and supportive community, gain new skills, enhance your CV and meet new people” adds Rob Saner-Haigh.

Thousands of people from around the world visit Kendal’s Holy Trinity Parish Church and enjoy the experience, evidenced by the comments in the visitor book.

Rob Sanner-Haigh says the church is still the place people come to for the most important ceremonies of their lives. He says it is also a place for those looking to find out about their family history and for people who love heritage and beautiful buildings. It is also a quiet and peaceful place to sit awhile.

“Our new recruits will be a great addition to the 24 who already help when we meet and greet visitors between April and October” says Rob Saner-Haigh.

Further information about the role can be found on the Kendal Parish Church website, under news and events. Expressions of interest with contact details should be emailed to: [email protected]

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