Regd. Charity

No. 1135913


March 2016


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-eared and pipistrelles hibernating. We will continue to monitor.


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.


January 2016

HLF Project - The Trust received applications from six architects who were interested in the role of Lead Professional. After much consideration a decision was made to ask Graeme Renton of BDP in Birmingham if he would accept the role. The Trust is delighted to announce that Graeme has now been appointed. Local people may already know of Graeme’s work as he was responsible for the latest alterations to St Michael’s Church. Graeme has already visited the site and is now involved in moving the project forward.


December 2015

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.


August 2015

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.


July 2015

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.


July 2014

The Tower grounds have once again been awarded a

Green Flag Community Award.


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.


July 2013

The Tower grounds have been awarded a

Green Flag Community Award for 2012-13.

This is the second consecutive year that we

have received the award.



2012

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.


May 2012

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.


October 2012

The Trust was granted THE ENGLISH HERITAGE ANGEL AWARD for the work achieved by Bramcote old Church Tower Trust. These awards are co-funded by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and English Heritage.


November 2012

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.


December 2011

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.

Green Flag Community Award

News

November 2017
Footings for the new storage building, the ‘Pod’,
were dug. Work started on repairing the boundary
wall-adjacent to the Nursing Home.

October 2017
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.


September 2017
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.


June 2017  
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.


February 2017  
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
Events co-ordinator and
volunteer co-ordinator appointed.
‘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.

Click pictures for a larger image

December 2016


3 December - Light Night

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.