The 19th century church requires significant repairs, which, if not completed, could force it to shut.
Repairs were already underway at the music venue and community centre when unexpectedly severe damage to its stained-glass windows and stonework was discovered. As Bristol Post reports, £85,000 of scaffolding had been erected before experts realised the extent of the damage, forcing the organisation behind Trinity to appeal for the extra funds required to complete the repairs (£576,000 was the initial sum raised for the job). If the new works are not carried out, the church will be placed on Historic England's At-Risk Register, which would force it to close.
Built in 1832 and situated in the city's Old Market district, Trinity Centre has long been a significant venue in the Bristol scene and funds itself largely through hosting events. Recent guests include LTJ Bukem, Kode9 and Mala, and Young Echo are due to launch their new album at the venue tonight.
"Trinity is the first venue I went to in Bristol," Chris Farrell, founder of Bristol's Idle Hands label and record store, told Resident Advisor. "It is a gem of a venue, one that I've enjoyed many a good night in over the years—from some of Pinch's early Subloaded nights, hard techno nights in the 2000s and more recently DJ Stryda's Teachnings In Dub dances. It has a strong community focus that is not always present in other venues. It isn't just a venue for raves. I've known a few people who got married there in this generation and before. The space itself is great and would be sorely missed were the building not able to secure the funding for its future."
You can donate to the appeal to save Trinity Centre here.