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January Calendar

Sun

13th

BAPTISM OF CHRIST

11.00 am

Parish Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Sat

19th

EVENT

10.00 am to 12.30 pm

Coffee Morning at Manor Cottage  (park in the Crown carpark)

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

20th

EPIPHANY 3

11.00 am

Parish Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

27th

EPIPHANY 4

11.00 am

Parish Communion

 

 

 

 

 

February Calendar

Sun

3rd

CANDLEMAS

8.00 am

Holy Communion in the Chancel

 

 

 

11.00 am

Family Service

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

10th

4th before LENT

11.00 am

Family Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

17th

3rd before LENT

11.00 am

Family Communion

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

24th

2nd before LENT

11.00 am

Family Communion

 

 

 

 

 

March Calendar

Sun

3rd

Next before LENT

8.00 am

Holy Communion in the Chancel

 

 

 

11.00 am

Family Service

 

 

 

 

 

Wed

6th

ASH WEDNESDAY

12.00 Noon

Holy Communion and Ashing



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NEWS UPDATE

Looking 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 to install.

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.

Three “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.

 

A reminder about our Just Giving site if you would like to contribute even a weeny amount to any of the above:

http://www.justgiving.com/stbartholomews-tong

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

Also, 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

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.