Study Day run by The Arts Society Wrekin - July 2018
An erudite but also very engaging talk by Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms &
Armour at the Wallace Collection in London. He drew on Tong's impressive collection of 15th century alabaster monument
tombs to illustrate trends in medieval armoury and to give an insight into the mindset behind the beliefs that inspired
their original patrons to commission them.
The church also received a cheque for £310 from the Society.
(Photos: The Arts Society Wrekin)
On 3rd July we said good-bye to one of Tong’s most faithful worshippers, Edward (Ted) Groom.
He was 95 and an old soldier. He was always brave and cheerful even in the long years since Betty died. He
was in church one Sunday and dead the following one. He will be much missed, but we are grateful to his son Malcolm, daughter-in-law
Christine and daughter Kathleen for stepping into his shoes in many ways. Malcolm and Christine have taken over from Archie
Lewis as Vergers at weddings and funerals.
At a meeting of the PCC it was decided.
1. That only people with a genuine connection
to Tong could in future be buried in the churchyard.
2. That this year as an experiment, the “Midnight” service on Christmas Eve would be held at 9.00 pm.
3. That we sign the contract for the refurbishment of the organ, although we are still collecting money to do the work,
but the organ is in desperate need of repair.
If anyone would like to give money towards the restoration, we would be glad
to receive it, either in the form of a cheque payable to Tong PCC No 2 A/c or Bank Transfer (Barclays sort code: 20.85.46
Account Number: 23280845.) We also accept funds through Just Giving http://www.justgiving.com/stbartholomews-tong or even by texting the amount you want to give to 70070 with IDTM15£5 (or whatever sum you wish to give). Every little
We are really grateful once again to accept Lesley and Ian Newstead’s kind offer to host a
Coffee Morning on Saturday 22nd September 10.30am – 12.30. In aid of Tong Church Organ Fund. There
will be a raffle, homemade cakes and jams for sale. Entry fee £3. Hope to see you there. Address: Freshfields, Old Worcester
Road, WV7 3EZ (opposite the entrance to David Austin Roses).
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?
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.
During 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.