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.

The stages of construction of the new 'Pod' - a small kitchen, toilet and storage area.

Started in autumn 2017
and finished June 2018.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


Click image to enlarge

Sir Neil Cossons OBE

former chair of English Heritage

Geoff Nickolds

Heritage Lottery Fund

Peter Hillier

Chair of BOCTT

BOCTT Trustees with
Sir Neil Cossons OBE

Sir Neil Cossons OBE
about to unveil the plaque

More Opening Ceremony photos - Click here

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-open the Tower site to the general public.


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-made brick, tile and window glass; nails and other fragments of workers’ tools. There are also pieces of decorative glass, suggesting an elegant jar, perhaps, or a platter that was used in the church. The finds will be displayed inside the Tower, when we re-open for the first event of the new season.


Seeding success

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.


Spring 2019

Our fundraising Quiz Night is a twice-yearly fixture in the Bramcote social calendar, keenly contested and a sell-out every time. Success is very much down to the quizmaster, Gerald Cook, and his wife, Anne – both retired teachers – who devise and research the questions and who indulge the teams’ passion for everything from dingbats to anagrams. “It’s challenging but not too taxing, with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment,” Gerald says. Generous servings of delicious hot food go down a treat. A team from Beeston Players were the winners this time round. Make a note of the next one –
Saturday 5 October – and book your table early!

Saturday 2nd March - QUIZ NIGHT

The bright sunny weather on Saturday helped encourage children and adults to come to the Tower and either make gifts or find out about the Tower history.

Saturday 30th March - Make a Gift for Mothering Sunday

Making good use of the recently re-opened Tower site, with the new HLF funded facilities, the Easter Egg Hunt proved to be a big success.  There was a constant stream of children and parents keen to find the hidden Easter Eggs and claim their chocolate egg.  Sales of drinks and cakes helped boost the funds for supporting the ongoing work at the Tower.

Wednesday 17th April - Easter Egg Hunt

Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust wins £1,000 ‘Movement for Good’ award.

A few weeks ago we asked if our supporters would vote for our charity to be awarded £1000 by the insurer’s Ecclesiastical in their ‘Movement for Good’ award.  
Thank you very much for your support as we have been successful!  
Official Press Release:--

Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

The money will be used to put on Light Night in December, a community event which will see the ancient Tower and trees spectacularly illuminated for only the third time in the site’s 900-year history. The winter celebration will embrace schoolchildren, families and residents of Bramcote, for whom this is a well-loved community heritage site. Much work and effort by volunteers has gone into its rescue, restoration and development over the past decade.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust was one of more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 members of the public to be in for a chance to win a financial boost.

Peter Hillier, Chairman of the Trust says: ‘We are delighted to receive this award. Our thanks go to all those people who nominated us and to Ecclesiastical for their recognition of our charity’.


Summer 2019

Plant Sale
Saturday 22nd June
12:00 to 4:00pm

St Michael’s Church Car Park, Church Street,

Bramcote.
By popular demand our Plant Sale is once again held in the car park of St Michael’s church.
Donations of plants are welcome - please contact
Peter Hillier 01159 252104

Strawberry Fayre
Sunday 21st July

1:00-4:00pm

Bramcote Old Church Tower,
Moss Drive, Bramcote

Refreshments, strawberries
& cream, jam and scones and other stalls.

Childrens games and activities.
Free admission.

Archaeology Exhibition

21st – 28th July

Daily 1:00-4:00pm

Bramcote Old Church Tower
Moss Drive, Bramcote

Free entry.
An exhibition of the archaeology finds from last year’s archaeology dig.

Also conducted tours to the site of Bramcote Hall
2pm till 3pm
Mon 22, Wed 24, Fri 26
Plus addional dates
Sat 27, Sun 28