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This year, following an enjoyable “Coast to Coast” cycle holiday in July Pippa is committed to visiting as many churches as possible ( 15?) on her bike, accompanied by John, on 9th September. She is looking for sponsorship for Shropshire Historic Churches Trust (organised by Roger and Angela Hughes) who have kindly given money to help Tong in its roof repairs.

You can help raise money by donating directly to their fundraising page - https:// www.justgiving.com/ROGER-and-ANGELA-HUGHES

If you google the SHCT you will find the link there.

Revd. Pippa Thorneycroft

Minister-in-Charge of St. Bartholomew, Tong

Manor Cottage
21 High Street
Tel: 01902 375523/07970 869011


North and South Aisle Roofs


If you have visited Tong Church recently you cannot have missed the scaffolding surrounding the church.  Hopefully by the time you read this all the work will be completed on the north and south aisle roofs, if not, it shall be very soon. The south aisle had to be worked on to replace the lead that was stolen just over two years ago. We have been allowed, finally, to replace the lead with terne coated steel thereby eliminating future thefts.  We had at least 7 lead thefts over a period of 10 years.


We have also replaced the lead on the north aisle roof with terne coated steel. This had to be done as the lead was over 100 years old and had become thin in a number of areas.


This work was done thanks primarily to a grant we received from the Listed Places of Worship scheme, and insurance monies received due to the theft. We also received a number of smaller donations and grants.  Many thanks to all who contributed.


Tong Tours

How much do you really know about the history of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Tong and its architecture? Have you ever considered finding out more?

We are able to arrange conducted tours of our famous, beautiful Church.  This ancient building was dedicated in 1410 and is held to be one of the finest examples of a Church built in perpendicular style in the country.

Our tour lasts for about one hour, during which time you will see the famous Golden Chapel and also a unique collection of magnificent medieval tombs and carved effigies.  You can explore our historical links with Shakespeare, Dickens and of course, Little Nell.

We also offer lunches, two course meals and teas by arrangement, at reasonable prices.

To book a tour, or a tour with food, please contact Christine Deane on 01902 741356.