News

Posted by Carrie | 25 04 2018| Uncategorized
Tugby Heritage & History Group

This project has engaged many people in our community to understand and appreciate the value of our rich heritage. We hope harness this interest in a more meaningful way with the launch of a Heritage & History Group. Our first meeting will be in mid May. If you are interested in coming along , please...

Posted by Carrie | 25 04 2018| Uncategorized
Tugby Tower Project Update April 2018

We are now approaching the project’s sunset. Most invoices have been received and bills paid and a final tranche of HLF paperwork is in the process of being completed: management accounts, maintenance schedule, licensing arrangements for digital outputs, and completion of our photo library details and one last leaflet. It has been a long haul...

Posted by Sally Webb | 10 07 2017| Tower Project
Hats off for an excellent hard hat tower tour! (Published belatedly)

Here's one group of intrepid explorers happily peering over during their ascent to the top of the tower.  Geoff Beetham of Stone Edge conducted tours of the tower, while Carl Andrews of Soul Architects gave insight into the changes inside the church.  The tower roof is nearing completion, with new beams supporting the ancient original oak...

Posted by Sally Webb | 13 02 2017| Tower Project
Calling All Bell Ringers!

Alan Rees writes: The call went out - Tugby church needs more bell ringers! The call was answered; In December half a dozen or so villagers met in the belfry to learn the new skill of campanology. The bell ropes hanging down reminded me of medieval torture equipment and looking at the pensive faces of...

Posted by Sally Webb | 11 01 2017| Tower Project
Ancient church tower in East Leicestershire secures significant Heritage Lottery Fund investment for urgent repairs.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded St Thomas Beckett Church, Tugby, £154,100, for urgent repairs to the tower roof and internal structures. Specifications for the grant award include improved access arrangements in the bell chamber and the installation of a lightening conductor. These repairs and improvements will ensure the tower is made watertight and...

Posted by Sally Webb | 17 12 2016| Tower Project
Tugby tower on BBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester's Ady Dayman visited Tugby recently to learn more about the £15,000 grant awarded to the Tower Project by the National Churches Trust (see our previous post here). Ady enjoyed part of Tugby Primary School's nativity play at the church before interviewing Madeleine Wang, project leader on the Tower Project. You can listen...

Posted by Sally Webb | 17 12 2016| Tower Project
Tugby featured in national newspaper

"A Leicestershire church that stood before the Norman Conquest ... will enjoy a share of more than £500,000 distributed by National Churches Trust," the national newspaper Church Times reported this week. The article (which, unfortunately, can only be accessed online by subscribers) features a photograph of the church, and reports that "St Thomas Becket, Tugby, an...

Posted by Sally Webb | 14 12 2016| Tower Project
Christmas funding boost for St Thomas Beckett

St Thomas Beckett, Tugby, on the Historic England ‘Heritage at Risk Register’, is set to benefit from a £596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity. The church has been awarded a £15,000 National Churches Trust repair grant to fund a project to carry out urgent tower...

Posted by Sally Webb | 06 12 2016| Tower Project
Tugby Tower Project News Update

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has assessed our Phase II application, which was submitted in September and we are now getting excited about the prospects of starting the project on 9th January. Once we get the formal go-ahead, our income for our urgent repairs is secured and we can commence work on the church tower, hopefully...

Posted by Sally Webb | 05 12 2016| Tower Project
Bats in the Belfry

We have quite a special maternity colony of Natterers bats in our belfry. This species gives birth to their young from late June. To avoid a very costly bat mitigation process, which is required to protect the bats from harm and the risk of delaying the work until next autumn (after all, these are supposed...