Registered Charity No. 1128471
It is the duty of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) to ensure that St Bartholomew the Great continues to provide solace, inspiration and education for future generations. This involves a balance between preserving the Church’s great heritage and traditions whilst, at the same time, taking a forward-thinking, progressive approach which will ensure that St Bartholomew the Great reflects its community and is able to meet a diverse range of needs.
The charity was established in 2009 and is run by the PCC. It’s charitable objectives are to promote - in the ecclesiastical parish - the whole mission of the Church:
- The promotion of the Christian Religion through:
- regular services, well known for their formal traditional liturgy, fine music and thoughtful, intelligent preaching
- pastoral care
- classes designed to guide and inspire people in their faith
- The maintenance and preservation of the ancient fabric
- this includes development and refurbishment designed to make more areas available to the public
- The engagement of the community – regardless of age or faith – through history and heritage, music, art and education.
Donations to the charity will go towards the following key activities:
The day-to-day running of the Church, which is open seven days a week.
- General maintenance, cleaning and upkeep of the church; its fabric, ornaments and vestments of choir and clergy
- provisions for special events and services
- meeting a greeting visitors and providing information and a warm welcome
- 5 services a week, 2 of which include a full choir
- providing for weddings, funerals, christenings and memorial services as well as carol services and special services for associated Livery Companies
Long-term maintenance and restoration of the fabric of the Church
Work over the past five years has included:
- extensive works to the drains
- the completely rewiring and relighting of the Church
- urgent repair works to the south-side roof
- over-hauling the heating system, major floor-work
- renovation to the West Porch
- the installation of a new altar rail.
This work totalled approximately £640,000.
Currently our focus is the Church Roof which is in need of £750,000 worth of repairs.
New development projects include:
- the renovation of the Cloister for the provision of a café/bar
- the development of an educational program for schools