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 firstname.lastname@example.org