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Trevor Huddleston CR Centenary Celebrations at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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Wednesday 5 June 2013

Trevor Huddleston CR Centenary Celebrations at St Martin-in-the-Fields

‘Called to Justice and Freedom – Father Trevor Huddleston’, a photographic exhibition from 15 June – 20 July 2013

Thanksgiving Service on Saturday 29 June at 11.00 am

“No white person has done more than Trevor Huddleston in the struggle against apartheid,” Nelson Mandela.


St Martin-in-the-Fields is delighted to be hosting events to honour the Centenary of Father Trevor Huddleston’s birth this month,  with a photographic exhibition, ‘Called to Justice and Freedom – Father Trevor Huddleston’, opening on 15 June, and a thanksgiving service on Saturday, 29 June at 11am, both at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The service will include tributes to and the legacy of Archbishop Trevor by Fr Nicolas Stebbing, Community of the Resurrection and Baroness Glenys Kinnock.

Organised with Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and the Johannesburg based Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, the service will incorporate a ceremony for Huddleston’s Isitwalandwe Medal (the highest honour the ANC bestows) awarded at the 1955 Congress of the People, in Kliptown, to be presented from Huddleston’s Community to a young South African, in the presence of family, colleagues and dignitaries including the South African High Commissioner, Dr Zola Skweyiya.

St Martin’s has a long and cherished relationship with communities in South Africa, in and outside church circles.  In particular we have supported training programmes at the Huddleston Memorial Centre over many years, and we host the Living South Africa Memorial sculpture, unveiled in 1994 by Archbishop Tutu to remember all those who lost lives and suffered in the violence and injustice of the apartheid years.

Archbishop Huddleston was a frequent preacher and campaigner on the steps of St Martin’s, close to the then South African Embassy.  He guided and inspired thousands of people in Britain and beyond to campaign for democracy, dignity, equality and rights. As South Africa prepares to mark 20 years of freedom, we invite everyone to celebrate the role that Trevor Huddleston and others played and be inspired by their example to be active, to play our role and support the people of southern Africa as they work for a better future.


Notes for Editors:

‘Trevor Huddleston CR – A life called to Justice and Freedom’ Photographic Exhibition 15 June – 20 July  2013. St Martin’s Hall is located in the crypt of St Martin’s and the entrance is via the glass pavilion to the left of the church.  Admission is free but please visit the St Martin’s website for the opening times of the exhibition.  

The Service of Thanksgiving is on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 11am.  All are welcome. Register at

Father Trevor Huddleston gave Hugh Masekela his first trumpet

Father Trevor Huddleston made a huge impression on a then young Desmond Tutu when as a white priest he raised his hat in deference and greeting to Desmond Tutu’s mother

Trevor Huddleston, CR  KCMG  15 June 1913- 20 April 1998. For a full biography go to:

Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) is the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. It was established to work for democracy, development, rights and justice, in solidarity with the people of southern Africa.  Archbishop Trevor Huddleston CR KCMG is its founding patron.

The Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre (THMC), Johannesburg, exists to continue the legacy of Huddleston through education for young people, promoting equality, democracy and dignity for all.  Established in 2000, THMC relies on grants and voluntary giving to assist over 200 youth annually to gain business and enterprise skills, and develops opportunities for creative endeavours in music and the arts.   THMC in partnership with the City of Joburg, also runs the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre.

Public events in South Africa to mark this Centenary include:

  • Saturday June 15 – Trevor Huddleston – A life called to Justice and Freedom, photographic exhibition opening at the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre, Johannesburg.
  • Sunday June 16 – Christ the King Church, Sophiatown, Johannesburg at  0900 – a service of thanksgiving with music by South Africa’s Pinise Saul and Lucky Ranku, who worked with Huddleston in the UK.

For more information:   St Martin-in-the-Fields, Revd Richard Carter

ACTSA:   Tony Dykes, Tel: W  02032632001 M 07809396129 email,     

In Johannesburg: Khosi Hlatswayo, THMC, Tel:  011 673 1271 email: