A big year is planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of York's Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

The church was consecrated by Bishop Hale on February 14, 1858 and there will be some form of public event every two months throughout the year to celebrate the occasion. 

The tower and other additions were built between 1893 and 1907. In 1905 the first Anglican Church in York, St John's, which was located on the corner of Avon Terrace and Balladong Street was taken down and relocated alongside Holy Trinity for use as the parish hall.

Structural deterioration and the earthquake in 1968 made it necessary to partially dismantle the tower. Recent restoration has seen the addition of stained glass windows by WA artist, Robert Juniper, rebuilding of the tower to its former height in 1988 and installation of a peal of eight bells. There was further restoration in 1996.

The assessment for listing on the register for heritage places in 1996 states that the church was a well executed example of 19th century architecture using handmade bricks and natural materials in an adaptation of Victorian Romanesque style.

The building reflected the historical development of York and contained what was believed to be the last Albert Pease organ in use in Australia, the document said.

The church, hall and rectory are still in regular use for religious, cultural and recreational purposes.

 A spokesperson for the church, Betty Fox, said the anniversary celebrations would be both spiritual and secular. The first was a display of church vestments and silver on Sunday February 17. All members of the public were cordially invited. Most events would be free but donations were always welcome, she said.

For further information please contact Betty on 9641 1351.

Lindsay McNeill