Our Parish

Since 1992 Trinity has had its own Parish and details of it can be found on the Parish Finder website by clicking the link below:

 http://www.acny.org.uk/parishmap.php?pcode=27/862

The Parish Finder Website can also be used to find out details of other websites or which parish you live in. See http://www.acny.org.uk/ for details.

 

About our Parish

Most of Lower Earley was built as a major development (Western Europe’s largest) in the 1980s and 1990s, with a broad mix of housing types from studio flats to modern mansions. It is widely regarded as well planned, and is free of major social problems.

Compared with the Reading area as a whole (and the rest of the country) the parish has a higher proportion of young families and fewer elderly people. Most people work relatively locally, and almost 60% of people within the parish work full time. There are many well-known companies and businesses within Reading (e.g. engineering and IT companies, the hospital and the university) and in the wider Thames Valley area, but a sizeable number of people commute to London or elsewhere.

Housing costs are amongst the highest in the country outside London, with a one-bedroom starter home costing about the average price of a house in England. This leads to significant financial pressures on a large proportion of people living in the area, and usually requires both parents in a family unit to go out to work.

Within the parish there are several old people's homes and small areas of council housing together with a university hall of residence housing predominantly mature overseas students. The proportion of other residents belonging to ethnic minorities is small, with correspondingly few devotees of other faiths. 

Lower Earley is provided with a good level of facilities. The District Centre, of which the church is a part, also has a surgery, leisure centre (with swimming pool), pub, library, youth and community centre, hypermarket (Asda), newsagent, post office, chemist and a number of smaller shops. A mile to the east is another small parade of shops, Maiden Place.

Other local recreational amenities include parks, a nature reserve, sports clubs, a multiplex cinema and the cinemas, theatres, restaurants and clubs of Reading are all close to hand.

 inter alia, a dentist, community centre, pub, restaurant and a couple of good takeaways. Nearby there is a community centre and a large police station.

Within Lower Earley, there are several nursery schools and playgroups, as well as three primary schools (Whiteknights, Hillside and Radstock) in the parish, and seven in total in Earley. There are four local comprehensive schools between one and six miles away: Maiden Erlegh is the closest, The Piggott School (C of E, in Wargrave), Bulmershe (Woodley) and Ryeish Green (south of the M4). There is no state comprehensive school within Lower Earley. 

Reading University is on the fringes of the parish and other places of tertiary education, such as the Reading campuses of Thames Valley University, are nearby.   

Although officially a town in its own right, Earley sees itself as a satellite of 

Reading, which is noted for its Abbey (in ruins), its gaol, its old industries of "beer, biscuits and bulbs (Suttons seeds)", its IT industry, university — and now its football team!

Reading is situated on the River Thames. It has excellent rail services to London (25 minutes to Paddington and a stopping service to Waterloo), Bristol and the southwest, Cardiff, Oxford, Birmingham and further north, Basingstoke, Southampton and the south coast. There is a regular rail-air link coach service to Heathrow airport as well as a direct line to Gatwick airport. In addition, the junction 11 of the M4 lies 3 miles to the south, effectively forming the southern limit of Lower Earley.

 SOCIAL ISSUES

       The chief concern of the local police is the vandalism caused by groups of youths, particularly at Maiden Place

       Loneliness is a problem, especially for many of those without school-age children to provide social connections.

       As housing is generally expensive, most people are relatively money-rich but time-poor, so materialistic consumerism is the norm.

       There are many marriage break-ups, which seem to affect church members no less than they affect other residents.  

Beating the Bounds

In 1992 the process to establish a new Church of England parish (Earley Trinity) was completed.

This was celebrated on 16 January 1993 in the first 'beating of the bounds'.  This involves walking around the full perimeter of the parish (about 5 miles) stopping at various places to proclaim landmarks on the extremities of the parish boundary, and sometimes to sing, as well as for refreshments of course. 

We occasionally repeat the "beating of the bounds" ceremony - eg on July 7th 2002 Trinity Church members celebrated the 15th anniversary of the church by “Beating the Bounds" for the 3rd time.

The custom of beating the bounds is an ancient one. It is believed that before accurate maps, it was the way for the people of a parish to know the landmarks that delineated their area. It was probably particularly important for the local priest, as his tithes were taken on the properties within the parish boundaries.

The custom may date all the way back to Norman times, and even Saxon , it being important to know which Lord of the Manor you came under in those days, for feudal service and for rents.