back at the Christmas season it was lovely to welcome back George and Joyce Frost to take the service on Christmas Day. Our
9.0 pm “First Eucharist of Christmas” instead of the “Midnight” seemed to be appreciated by those
who came, though those who stayed away might have preferred the 11.30 time! Rachel Haves and her daughter Annabel accompanied
the carols on harp and violin which gave a whole different ‘feel’ to the service and was much enjoyed.
By Easter this year we will have
raised (and spent) the best part of £500,000. Before 2020 we need to raise the same amount again to finish all our projects.
This weather the need for heating
is paramount and we are looking at both air source and ground source heating systems, the tariff being £40 - £50K
At the moment
the scaffolding is being erected for the stonework on the tower and spire and pinnacles. We pray that nothing untoward will
be found in addition to what is scheduled. The vestry is also happening which will be a huge boost to our morale. Meanwhile
all the contents of the vestry are spread around the church and people’s homes, so it is a bit of a nightmare finding
things at short notice.
“Information Boards” are currently in production for the ruins, the college site and the church. They should be
attractive to tourists. We also have a professional shooting some short films for youtube, our website and to be used with
QR codes in the church which is an exciting new venture. In addition, our walking pack is available at a cost of £2
for four well-illustrated walks.
reminder about our Just Giving site if you would like to contribute even a weeny amount to any of the above:
Or use your phone to text to 70070: IDTM15 (plus the amount
you want to give, eg: IDTM15£5) It works!
We are also looking into having a contactless machine in the church particularly for visitors and wedding and
Baptism parties, so they can still support our work even if they don’t carry cash.
One sad note is that Tong News, so enjoyably edited by Tony Randall, no
longer has an Editor. If anyone would like to take this on, we would like to hear from you. The cost of production is borne
jointly by the PCC and the Parish Council so it goes free into every household in the parish each quarter.
Our next PCC meeting to approve the accounts is set for
Monday 11th March at 7.00pm
our Annual Parochial Meeting is set for after church on Sunday 28th April at noon.
A Happy New Year to all our readers.
Pippa Thorneycroft 01902 375523
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