are a big group who win competitions and they will be performing at Tong both as full choir and 2 quartets on Friday 4th May.
Tickets are £5 and all proceeds for the Organ Restoration Fund.
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.
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.
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.
During the summer we are going to be running Tong Tours on the first Saturday of every month starting at 2.00
pm ( please phone 01902 741356 to help with numbers). So if you have always wanted to know some of Tong’s intriguing
history, now is your chance to join some like-minded people. £5 per head.
From the Registers:
Baptism: 8th April - Zachary Finn Peckmore
Marriage : on St. Patrick’s Day, James Newton and Linsey Rush
9th April - David Rhys Stangroom and Grace
Funeral : 22nd March - Terry Jackson a resident in the parish for over 20 years.
During March we
had two fund-raising events, both for the restoration of the organ. Jean Martyn gave us a virtuoso performance on her magnificent
keyboard as well as entertaining us with stories and memories. The evening raised £600. The wine was kindly donated
by Robert Parry and “Hire This” provided the portaloo;
The following day Lesley & Ian Newstead’s gave a
“Lent Lunch” which was well attended and which netted in the region of £475. We are very grateful for the
hard work that went into this.
Country Kids Nursery
Country Kids Nursery came for their Easter celebrations on 28th
March with wonderful bonnets and some great singing. There were about 35 children and over 90 adults!
At the main service on Easter Day there
were 60 people.
Are you an Organist? (or even a pianist prepared to sit on the organ stool?)
We are looking
for occasional organists to play once or twice a year when our regular is away. Please get in touch with Pippa if you could
offer to fill in even just once for the 11 o’clock service. Hymns only and something at the beginning and end if you
like. Be warned that the organ is in rather a poorly state, but we have a faculty to repair it when we collect enough money.
Do you know anything about Publicity?
Another request is for someone who would
be prepared to “up” our publicity. We are suggesting 3 hours per week which will be paid.
There is a Remembrance book in Tong Church. If anyone would like to have
the name of a departed loved one, who had a connection with Tong, entered into the book please contact Anne Sadler on 01902