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August Calendar




11.00 am

Parish Eucharist









11.00 am

Parish Eucharist




12.30 pm

Baptism Sonny Harper &

Ruby Dorricott









St Bartholomew

11.00 am

Parish Eucharist



6.30 pm

Evensong (Trad)









5.30 pm


7.00 pm



The Ronnies Vintage Swing Group






September Calendar




8.00 am

Holy Communion in the chancel




11.00 am

Family Service









11.00 am

Tong Tour £5 per head –

Just turn up









11.00 am

Parish Eucharist


 Tower Project Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund



The next stage of the Tong 2020 Vision is now underway. The focus is on high level masonry repairs, the worst of the windows needing urgent conservation & repair, and refurbishing the vestry.

Tower and spire masonry repairs will address problems caused by corroding ironwork that has resulted in failures and fractures to many of the pinnacles. While the scaffolding is in place, other essential & urgent high-level repairs are due to be completed. The weather vane has been re-gilded and its decorative wrought iron fixing rod repaired. The belfry openings and bird guards are being replaced or repaired, and high-level access doors given a long-awaited overhaul.


Four of the diamond plain glazed windows are now in the conservation workshop. Some sections have needed re-leading and glass replaced; all have needed a good clean. The ventilation hoods are also being overhauled. Where parts of the stone mullions have sheared off (embedded corroded ironwork again) as in the chancel sections can be replaced with new stone indents and new stainless-steel fixings.


Vestry refurbishment: The damp screed floor has gone! A new breathable engineered timber floor has been installed, and works to put in new storage units, a basin and counter top is nearing completion. 


One of Tong’s most remarkable treasures is about to return after receiving full conservation treatment by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.  The Elizabethan embroidered pulpit fall has been extensively cleaned and given a new backing to preserve its shape, and a new display case commissioned so that it can hang permanently within the main body of the church – possibly for the first time in its 400 year existence!  

To see more photos of the progress made on this project please click here.


Works at St. Bartholomew’s


Nobody will have missed the scaffolding right to the top of the spire since before Christmas. The contract has over-run by six weeks owing to details of crumbling stonework which couldn’t be seen beforehand. The cockerel was taken down and re-gilded but the stone holding him was split. To do this work, scaffolding also had to be erected inside the spire. All of this has meant the bells have been out of action and must remain un-rung for 6 months to allow the lime mortar to harden.


On 4th June we had a very interesting lecture from Dr. Susan Kay- Williams, CEO of the Royal School of Needlework, on the pulpit fall which was given to the church in 1635 but dates from the previous century. The mottos, angel heads and sunburst were all added to an existing silk velvet cloth and the mottos link the Cecil and Drury families. There was a marriage between them in 1591. The embroidery is now displayed in the church having been beautifully framed by John Nethercott.


The Vestry is now more or less complete and useable and a transformation has occurred since last December when the floor was being attacked with a pickaxe!

From the Registers: Marriage - on 28th June Shaun Piercy to Angela Coley


Tong Concert -This year we will celebrating St Bartholomew by holding a Concert and Barbeque on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. Starting at 5.30 pm with the Barbeque and followed at 7.00 pm with a concert performed by The Ronnies Vintage Swing Band. Tickets are priced at £15.00 for adults, £5.00 for children under 16 and free for children up to 5.


Please contact Mick Pilsbury on 07825 971669 or email mickpilsbury@sky.com