NEWS ... NEWS ... NEWS
The clock face of St. Botolph's beautiful 1884 clock has now been fully restored - repainted and with the hands gilded - and is back on the church tower, displaying all its original colour. Work has now started on the mechanism, with a team of volunteers helping to clean it. A clear acrylic door has been made for the wooden case in the bellringing chamber which holds the large pendulum, so visitors will be able to see it as it gently swings back and forth. It is hoped that it will not be too long before the clock - which came to an abrupt halt after the 1987 hurricane - is fully operational again.
Scaffolding has now (24th March 2017) gone from inside the church, and our church car park is also back in use.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS SET TICKET-SALES RECORDS
Tickets for the two most recent social events at St. Botolph's Church - our Victorian Games Evening on February 25th and a Quiz Night back in January - were sold out more than a week in advance of each event and, between them, brought more than 100 people into the church and raised £800 for repairs and maintenance expenses.
Nine teams of seven competed in the skittles competition, and the competitors were also able to try their hands at a range of other Victorian games - bagatelle, shove-halfpenny, floor skittles and Carrom. Everyone enjoyed a Ploughman's supper and they were able to buy drinks at the bar.
Pictured left: The skittles 'alley' in the main aisle of the church;
Pictured right: The delighted winning skittles team with their miniature floor skittles trophy.
BEWARE OF IMITATIONS!
This website - http://stbotolphsheene2015.com - is the only official website for our church and gives details of everything you need to know about our services, the building work which is currently being carried out, and forthcoming events. The 2015 in the title refers to the year in which the Church Commissioners agreed that our church could stay open for public worship!
Unfortunately, however, we have become aware of other sites which have been using stbotolphsheene at the start of their web addresses and purporting to be associated with us.
The Diocese has been informed about the main offending website and is looking into this, but we would ask for your help too. If you find any website which begins with the words stbotolphsheene but ends with .org or .net, please be aware that this is nothing to do with us!
We have found many websites giving the incorrect web address for St. Botolph's Church, Heene and also quoting an out of date telephone number and/or incorrect postcode. If you come across one of these, please do report it if you can. If you find you are unable to do so, please send details to the churchwardens: email@example.com or the publicity co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can try to take any necessary action.