The people of The Collegiate Church of The Holy Trinity in Tattershall were delighted to welcome the Prince of Wales yesterday (19th March 2018).

His Royal Highness visited the church towards the end of a day in Lincolnshire that had earlier included time spent at Louth Livestock Market, Freshtime UK Ltd, Age UK in Boston and Tattershall Castle. Upon arrival, the Revd Sue Allison, Rector, introduced The Prince to the churchwardens and ministry team and the trustees of the Almshouse Association, and he also spent time with representatives of Lincolnshire Churches Trust, of which he is the Patron.

A tour of the church then followed, which included discussion about the church’s extensive resident bat population and also the church’s recent addition, ‘Tatty Bat’, who is the subject of a book for young people. The Prince was then introduced to volunteers at the church’s Heritage Centre and Tea Bar, before sharing in a bellringing demonstration courtesy of members of the bellringing team. 

Prior to his departure, The Prince also took the time to meet local children of all ages and other members of the community, and many people spoke of their delight at welcoming a member of the Royal Family to their parish church.

Looking back at this special occasion, the Revd Sue Allison has since said that “It was an honour and a privilege to be able to share with His Royal Highness our beautiful building and our plans and aspirations for the future. Most importantly, it was so nice to be able to introduce him to all the local people who make the building come alive as the body of Christ, with the greatest joy being to have so many children and young people there to share the experience too. Hopefully a memory to treasure for many of us.”

In addition, Daisy, a Year 6 pupil at Holy Trinity CofE Primary School in Tattershall, has since written: “It was such an amazing visit! It was incredible to meet the future King of England. I felt honoured to be chosen to meet him, he was so nice. He asked us a lot of questions. He had a lot of plain-clothed policemen. His questions were amazing and he was so kind to everyone. I liked watching Look North and seeing myself on there!”