Green Flag Community Award 2016/17: Our application was submitted at the end of January and we have been notified that we have been accepted for consideration. A visit will be made to the site by an assessor on a ‘mystery shopper’ basis. We will be sent a report. Click here to see our mention on the Green Flag website.
Bats: We have been monitoring bat activity inside the Tower since the beginning of October 2015 and can report that there is still evidence of brown long-
Quiz Night, March 5th: Another successful evening and we completely sold out of tickets! Hot food was much appreciated so many thanks to all involved. A profit of over £600.00 was made and this will be put towards the BOCT restoration costs. We have another Quiz Night on October 15th so, to save disappointment, do order your tickets early.
HLF Project -
We received the 1st instalment of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money, £25,4000, which has been invested in an account which attracts interest. We have also transferred £2,000 from our own account into this new account. Click here for details of the initial application.
We are delighted to let you all know that the Tower project has been awarded £366.88 in the Nottingham Post’s Community giveaway. Very many thanks for saving all the coupons.
We are pleased to announce that the Tower grounds have once again been awarded a Green Flag Community Award.
We are absolutely delighted to learn that we have received Heritage Lottery Funding of £50,800 to develop our project to restore and enhance the Old Church Tower and its grounds. Click here for further details.
The Tower grounds have once again been awarded a
The Macmillan tea party raised £261.10. Thank you to
everyone who came.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £475.04 from the Cash For Your Community Scheme, sponsored by the Nottingham Post and the Nottingham Building Society. We collected over 1680 coupons and were in the top 15 of the 142 applicants. A big thank you to everyone who collected coupons on our behalf.
The Tower grounds have been awarded a
Green Flag Community Award for 2012-
This is the second consecutive year that we
have received the award.
Work is now complete on stained glass panels for the east window above the Tower door. We are hopeful that they will be installed during the Spring of 2013 as the bats are now hibernating.
The Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust can now confirm that, as from May 2012, they are the owners and custodians of the Tower and grounds after the transfer of ownership from the Church of St. Michael’s and all Angels and the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese.
The Trust was granted THE ENGLISH HERITAGE ANGEL AWARD for the work achieved by Bramcote old Church Tower Trust. These awards are co-
On the 8th November 2012, The Friends of the Tower were
presented on site with the Harry Johnson Award, Commendation,
by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, for the
Best Building Preservation in a Village Setting for 2012.
The Star Safari took place during the first weekend of December 2011. The 'audience' followed the cast around the village as they performed the Christmas story at 4 different venues: St Michael's, White Lion, King George's Park and, finally, the Tower site. This was a huge undertaking by Pat Ashworth and the production team to celebrate 150 years of the building of St Michael's but it was enormous fun and even the drizzly weather on the Sunday didn't dampen the spirits of either the cast or the audience. The Trustees and Friends management committee were proud to be part of this inspirational event.
For enquiries please contact the chairman by email.
Footings for the new storage building, the ‘Pod’,
were dug. Work started on repairing the boundary
Various appointments made: architect Graeme Renton
of BDP, Birmingham, contractors Kirk and Bills,
Project Manager Denis Hill, Interpretation consultants
G+ Studios, Evaluation Officer Jane Seaman.
Building work began.
After providing HLF with other information we were officially given ‘Permission To Start The alabaster memorials inside the Tower were removed and taken to Grantham for restoration. All equipment inside the Tower removed and stored in a hired container parked in St Michael’s car park.
Grant awarded to the total of £363,400.00 to be used by the summer of 2020. The Trust is responsible for finding the shortfall of £65,778.00. This will be done in a number of ways: by applying for grants from smaller funders, by donations and by giving of volunteer time.
Round 2 application for £429,178.00 submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF) for a grant to enable us to complete the project.
March + April 2018
‘Pod’ construction completed.
Toilet and kitchen fitted out.
Various information boards ordered.
December 2017, January + February 2018
In between the various spells of bad weather, work continued with building the ‘Pod’, liasing with Western Power and Severn Trent to arrange for electricity and water to be introduced to the site and repairs to the Tower roof were completed. Several trenches were dug to try to find a route from behind the Tower down to the site entrance to lay cables and pipe work for the utilities. A number of gravestones and footings of the old, demolished church were discovered so a ‘watching brief’ by an archaeologist was required.
Electricity connected to the inside of the Tower and lighting fitting.
Community Heritage officer appointed.
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3 December -
The Tower and grounds were spectacularly illuminated for the first time since 1973. The interior of the 13th century building was dressed in Tudor style and featured Ray Wiseman of De Mowbray's Musicke playing instruments of the period. Outside, there were Christmas carols from the 'Voices' choir of Bramcote C of E primary school, songs from the guitar duo, Badger and Beattie, and singing with accordion and guitar from a choir of enthusiasts for the robust South Yorkshire carols. Visitors enjoyed mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Lighting was by Rob Ashworth of Audile.
The stages of construction of the new 'Pod' -
Started in autumn 2017
and finished June 2018.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
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Sir Neil Cossons OBE
former chair of English Heritage
Heritage Lottery Fund
Chair of BOCTT
BOCTT Trustees with
Sir Neil Cossons OBE
Sir Neil Cossons OBE
about to unveil the plaque
More Opening Ceremony photos -
Opening Ceremony, Saturday 8th September 2018
It was a proud day for Bramcote old Church Tower Trust and its members. After several years of planning and hard work, with the support of funds from the Heritage Lottery, we could formally re-
Sir Neil Cossons OBE, former chair of English Heritage, spoke to the guests and unveiled a plaque marking the occasion. The event was introduced by our chair, Peter Hillier and was followed by a talk from Geoff Nickolds, representing the Heritage Lottery Fund. After Sir Neil Cossons OBE had unveiled the plaque Pat Ashworth gave a fitting closing speech.
Bramcote C of E School Remembrance service
Children from Bramcote C of E school were involved with a project to remember and honour the 15 men who did not return from World War I. The children made ceramic poppies, wrote poems and produced art work and all this culminated in a ceremony at the Tower on Friday 9th November.
The Tower site was opened on Remembrance Day for parents of the children to see their work.
Friday 9 November 2018
Archaeologists at work
Having the shelter and facilities of the new Pod has meant other specialist work can be undertaken indoors in February and March. Following the major archaeological dig enabled by HLF in May 2018, Notts County Council archaeologist, Emily Gillott, has been on site with volunteers, cataloguing the finds.
These include many pieces of medieval pottery, some painted, some carved; pieces of hand-
Thanks to everyone observing the restrictions on the Tower site over the winter, the new grass that was sown in October hasn’t been trampled on and is growing nicely. Volunteers continue to do the essential ground maintenance. It’s lovely to see the bare, compacted earth left by the builders begin to recover.