Climbing career on offer at Barnstaple church

Joseph Bulmer

Church tower jobs for those who like the high life

A BARNSTAPLE church is offering two dream jobs for people with heads for heights.

Holy Trinity Church has taken the unusual step of advertising positions for a climbing instructor/youth worker and climbing wall manager to help run a 7.5metre climbing wall inside its newly-restored 19th century bell tower.

It is offering an annual salary of �10,400 for an instructor to work 25-hours-a-week supervising community groups and leading youth work at the church and in schools. The climbing wall manager’s post pays �3,120-a-year in return for a six-hour-week.

The innovative plans, first revealed by the Gazette in July 2009, are part of a massive refurbishment of the church and are designed to help the church engage more with the community as well as preserve the tower through regular use.

Curate Andy Dodwell said: “The idea is incredibly innovative; to my knowledge this has never been done before in a church building that is still used for worship.

“We are looking to deliver a facility that will help the church to sustain itself while opening it up to even more members of the local community.”

The church’s crumbling bell tower was saved following a massive – and ongoing – “Take on the Tower” fund-raising appeal, with an estimated �80,000-worth of external stonework repairs undertaken in 2009.

Inside the 38metre tower, Barnstaple’s highest landmark, work was done to replace and restore rotting steps and make way for the �12,000 climbing wall, which is expected to be ready by Easter.

Interested applicants can apply for either or both positions before the deadline of February 14. For an application pack, telephone (01271) 344321 or email