News and Events

FANTASTIC NEWS 

Following the completion of the Restoration Project and the relatively clean bill of health from our latest Quinquennial Inspection, St Mary's Church will now be removed from the English Heritage at Risk Register. A fitting finale to the Restoration Project and thank you to the very many people who made this project so successful.

 

RESTORATION FUN DAY

 On Saturday, 30th July 2016, in the presence of the The Worshipful    Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Mr Ian Payne, we held our Fun Day.  This  was not primarily a fund raising event although further donations were  received to help us take our restoration work forward.  The main thrust  was to let people know and SEE just what was going on.

 To that end we had a rolling Power Point presentation depicting how the  Restoration Project was born and what its aims and aspirations are.  A photo display compiled by ourselves and Thos Ford and Partners showing the progress that was being made on the construction.

Outside, there was a demonstration of roofing techniques by Peckham Roofers.  This showed how the new shingles (or shakes as they are called) are fixed to the spire.

Our bells figured largely in the event with a display of our new bell ringing trainer/demonstration kit and this was completed by a quarter peal rung on our bells, lead by Nigel Pointer out Tower Captain.

Tony Lathey, who wrote a revised history of St Mary's was on hand to act as guide to the many new visitors.  One of the attractions for the visitors was our brasses that have been covered by carpeting for many years but clever carpet work has enable us to see them once again. 

There were games for the children.  Hoopla, Hook a Duck and Spin the Wheel (for our older children!)  all under the watchful eye of Rev. Paul.  There was also Face Painting by Ruth Pointer and songs from Bethany and Tamsin Pointer, Ruth and Nigel's daughters.  Elaine Chapple gave craft lessons to young and old alike.

We also sold new shakes on which people could have their names etched in pyro pen.  These will be fixed onto the spire so that the names will form a part of our heritage.  Our Church Centre did a steady trade in refreshments, run by Bridget and the other members of the Social Committee.

The day was completed by a Latin and Ballroom dance demonstration by two couples from United Dance, one of the largest and most successful dance schools in the South.

The day was a huge success and there was something for everyone.  Our community pulled together to put this show on and thanks are also due to the Heritage Lottery Fund who have partially funded the whole project.

CHAIRMAN OF THE RESTORATION COMMITTEE TO STEP DOWN

After three years leading the Restoration Committee, Peter Moyle has decided stand down as Chairman with effect from the end of April.  Peter was elected as Chairman initially to lead the project to restore the spire and feels that, having accomplished this, it is time for someone else "to have a go".  Peter intends to continue as an active member of the committee.  See the blog to see future developments on the restoration front.