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Trinity Men’s Fellowship was formed in 1996 as a result of the Vicar, Stephen Cooke, suggesting a “retired gentlemen’s walk” during the Eccleshall Festival. This was enjoyed so much that it was suggested that the walks be undertaken on a regular basis. Then it was suggested that a club be formed and TMF was born.
As well as walking, the TMF started to organise visits and one of the first to be captured on film was a visit to The Natural Sciences Centre Observatory, which is located in the village of Newchapel in Staffordshire. This is run by member, Tony Pace, who was at the time the Postmaster in Eccleshall.
Activities were organised on a monthly basis and usually started with coffee in a hostelry and then after the walk we returned for lunch. The photo on the left is after a walk in Cats Hill and in the foreground is the then current Vicar, James Graham, and the previous Vicar, Stephen Cooke, at the back in the blue shirt. June 2004
This is an example of one of the annual coach trips. (September 2004). This is one of the three occasions when we take along our ladies. We had a tour around Old Trafford football ground in Manchester, the home of Manchester United. On the left with the blue striped umbrella is the Chairman at the time, David Beswick. It is a wonder he escaped after taking a light blue umbrella into the Home of the Reds?
One activity which proved to very popular was clay pigeon shooting.
Ron appears to have a superb style. I bet he can hit that box just in front of the muzzle?
In May 2008 a visit was made to the Stoke on Trent Waste Energy Plant. The TMF members look most professional in their Hi-Vis jackets and hard hats.
June 2009 was the date of the exciting visit to the RAF Museum at Cosford
Our excellent Parish Room provides the location for our talks. Here you see the Officers with the speaker David Rawlings (2nd from the right) March 2012,
A coach trip to Oxford. September 2012.
Back in 2010 Peter Wilshaw gave us a talk after the AGM.
Peter is now our Chairman.
Thanks to Ron Biggs for all the photos on this page, taken from his magnificent archive of TMF photographs, facts and figures.
An interactive talk on bell ringing from Warren Griffiths at the 2012 AGM. If you look closely you will see that each of the volunteers has a handbell and a number on their chest. This enabled change ringing to be demonstrated in a fun way. Visit Holy Trinity Bell Tower during the festival