Annual Parochial Church Meeting......
place in church at noon on Sunday 15th April followed by a lovely lunch in the Parish Hall, thanks to Ruth Kerrigan and
David Milner and Diana Watson were re-elected as Church
Wardens. Archie and Margaret Lewis and Ruth Pilsbury stood down as members of the PCC after many years' service - the
Lewis's at least 30 years - and the following were elected to serve: Sandra Owen, Malcolm Groom, Christine Groom
and Rob Kerrigan as newcomers as well as Paul Joseland, Mick Pilsbury Lisa Apter, David Dixon, Robert Parry, Paul Grinnell
and Pam Gould. The appointment of Treasurer and Secretary will take place at the first PCC meeting on 21st May.
The present state of plans and fund-raising were explained. The final submission to the
Heritage Lottery is in preparation which is the bulk of the money needed for the stonework on the tower and spire, the vestry
and chancel windows, but we still need "match-funding" to the tune of a further £40,000 which our fund-raiser
We are also concentrating on raising the necessary money for
the organ before it dies completely. Its Piggy Bank is over half full so we would welcome any donations - (a concert by the
Telfordairs Barber Shop choir raised £500 which was a great total).
there is the pulpit fall which is currently in the care of Hampton Court and they will start on the conservation of it soon.
After that we need to secure a moth-proof, vermin-proof, sunlight-proof, vandal-proof case for it so that it can be displayed
in the body of the church.
From the Registers:
Baptism:- Chester Whale 29 April, 2018
Burial of Ashes:- Terry Jackson 17 April, 2018
As General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicks in at the end
of May, we are hoping the folk we are in touch with will want to keep contact with us. To that end, we may ask you to sign
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of our unsung heroes is Stuart Moore who keeps the churchyard looking so lovely with his frequent careful mowing. THANK YOU
And Robert Parry mows the field with his little red tractor which
I think gives him pleasure as well as us! It's looking good, and soon we will be able to finish the connecting steps from
field to churchyard.
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.
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.