Hull’s historic Trinity House charity is supporting Hull Minster’s exciting future, building on links going back almost 700 years.

The seafaring charity has sponsored more than two dozen chairs to support Hull Minster’s development project which is transforming the church into an open and flexible space for worship and a wide range of cultural, social and community events.

The donation by Hull Trinity House brings the total number of chairs sponsored by supporters of the church to 116, raising £38,400 towards a target of generating £100,000 from dedication of new seating in acts of tribute, celebration or remembrance. The fund-raising drive is making an important contribution to the overall £4.5m target to deliver the transformation project.

Officially founded in 1369, Hull Trinity House is a charity supporting seafarers and their families in times of need. The organisation has had a strong affiliation with Hull Minster – formerly Holy Trinity Church – since the 14th century when townspeople banded together to offer each other assistance in times of hardship, leading to the later formation of the historic guild.

The ancient guild maintains the traditions of the charity and is the custodian of historic artefacts collected by the Brethren of Trinity House over the centuries. Historically, the guild established an altar and chapel in the church and has continued to have an important presence within the majestic building.

The Vicar of Hull Minster, the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said: “The generosity of the wonderful people at Trinity House is humbling.

“Our association with the charity goes back to the 14th century when parishioners helped each other in times of hardship. Ever since then, Trinity House has been an important part of our history and it’s great that the links remain so strong.

“It’s very fitting that Trinity House is now playing an important part in supporting our future.”

Captain Dennis Robinson, Master Warden at Trinity House, said: “The Guild of Masters, Pilots and Seamen of The Trinity House in Kingston upon Hull are proud to continue our support for Hull Minster, as we have done for almost 700 years.

“At one time we established a Chantry Chapel in the church and for many years we have had our own pews. Now, as the refurbishment goes ahead, we have decided to provide 28 new chairs, continuing that association.”

The purpose-designed wooden chairs have so far enabled Hull Minster’s Broadley Chapel and Chancel to be re-furnished with elegant and comfortable seating. The chairs are also used in Café Trinity, which is a popular refreshment stop for the hundreds of visitors to the Minster every week.

Further chairs will be used in other areas of the church to seat hundreds of people comfortably for services and a wide range of events and performances.

Pictured above right: From left, Robin Mason, of the Rotary Club of Hull, Captain Dennis Robinson, of Trinity House, and the Vicar of Hull Minster, Neal Barnes, with the new chairs providing elegant and comfortable seating as part of the transformation of the magnificent church.

Lower right: Hull Minster supporters Robin Mason, left, and Captain Dennis Robinson enjoy afternoon tea with Vicar Neal Barnes in the church’s Café Trinity, which has been refurnished with chairs funded by donors.