To the Friends, from the PCC

On behalf of the PCC, I am grateful for this opportunity to thank you for the support and commitment you have given to Bardwell church during this past year. Not only have you raised a significant sum towards the imminent repair and restoration works but you have also made a significant contribution to the social activities in the village!  We appreciate, however, that organising these events takes much time and hard work and we are very grateful.  Without your achievements, we would not be have even been able to apply for grant funding, as these bodies demand to see evidence of community support.

Bardwell Pageant - Illuminating the Knight

You will know, I’m sure, that we were successful in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2018 and were awarded a grant of £46,300 towards the repair of the leaking south porch roof, some of the stone works and restoration of the medieval stained-glass window. However, the HLF sets conditions i.e. that £10,000 of this grant is to be used to ensure that local people will have learnt about their heritage; the largest slice of this is funding the pageant that is being held on Saturday, the 28th September. The pageant is being written and directed by the Spinning Wheel Theatre and will tell the story of the life and times of Sir William de Berdewell (an eventful time: the Black Death, The Peasant’s Revolt and the 100 years War!). It should be a great event and a lot of fun!

Train to be a Volunteer Guide 

We are looking forward to training some local volunteers to be church guides this summer so that our treasures can be better known – to us and to our many visitors. If you are interested in being a guide, please do ask us! It’s a great way to learn about history and art!

As pleased and as grateful that we are that these repairs will soon be carried out, the PCC is ever mindful that, like any historic building, regular maintenance is needed: minor repairs, cleaning, churchyard work. Care is needed for the church’s treasures, like the beautiful kneelers and the altar frontals. I feel that there are projects just asking to be tackled, but only as time allows.  If you are interested in helping with any of these activities or would just like to know more, please do contact me.

With many thanks, Dinkie Williamson on behalf of the PCC of Bardwell Church