Church tower climbing wall opens to the public

New feature to be officially opened by MP in Barnstaple on Saturday

A BARNSTAPLE church will unveil its new climbing facility at a community garden party on Saturday.

The Grade II Star listed Holy Trinity Church has installed a 7.5metre climbing wall inside its newly-restored 19th century bell tower.

The innovative feature, first revealed by the Gazette in July 2009, will be officially opened by North Devon MP Nick Harvey and the Venerable David Gunn-Johnson, Archdeacon of Barnstaple at 3.15pm.

This event, part of the town-wide Pentecost Festival, will feature an under-16s climbing competition and give visitors the chance to see inside the tower.

It is hoped the new climbing wall will help the church to engage more with the community as well as preserve the tower through regular use.

The garden party takes place from 2-4pm, with games, free stalls, a children’s bouncy castle and more. Cream teas will be served inside the church.

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The Tower is available for use by schools, local community groups and individuals. Visit for more information.

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