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St Peter’s Barrowden Re-ordering Plans

St Peter’s Barrowden Re-ordering Plans

The plans and the 3D modelling show some of changes that will be happening in the church when the re-ordering is complete. The elements that are not shown are the underfloor heating, the re-wiring, new lighting inside and outside of the church.

Once all the works are completed, the church inside will be redecorated. You will also notice that the position of the new organ will be in the nave and the speakers will be embedded into the wall separating the nave and the disabled toilet.

The pews will be removed and replaced with oak chairs and benches, the number of each will be decided at a later date. The idea is that there will be a standard layout for church services and we would also develop other layouts for concerts and other events.





All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday,17th after Trinity

  • 9.30 am  South Luffenham Church: Family Communion  (CA)(AR)
  • 11.00 am Barrowden Church:  Family Communion  (CA)
  • 6.00pm   Barrowden Church:  Choral Evensong with Amicorum

Readings:  Phil 3. 4b-14  Matt.21.33-end

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong,  AR = Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader


Choral Evensong is coming to Barrowden! – Sunday 8th October 2017

Choral Evensong is coming to Barrowden! – Sunday 8th October 2017

You are warmly invited to Choral Evensong at St. Peter’s Church, Barrowden on Sunday 8th October at 6 pm

The service will be sung by the Leicester-based Tudor Choir, conducted by Judy Dodd:

  • Responses by Aylewood
  • The Setting by Byrd
  • The Anthem, ‘Rejoice in the Lord Alway by Redford.
  • (no sermon)
  • The hymns, for all of us to sing, will be:

11 – All for Jesus

96 – Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

521 – My Song is Love Unknown

Evensong is a wonderfully meditative experience which gives us all space to inhabit and use to the glory of God.

Piano and Organ Recital St Peter’s Church, Barrowden Saturday 28 October, 2017 12:30 – 14:00

Piano and Organ Recital St Peter’s Church, Barrowden Saturday 28 October, 2017 12:30 – 14:00

This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to enjoy the playing of two of Barrowden’s truly accomplished musicians, John Comber and Jean Swinbanks.  They have put together a fascinatingly eclectic range of music for both organ and piano.

The recital will showcase pieces as contrasting as Elgar and Gospel, Bach and Jazz – and you’d have to travel a long way to find such a diverse mix!

The recital starts at 12:30 with an interval at 13:15 when light refreshments will be served – wine, soft drinks, coffee and small eats. We plan to finish at about 14:00

Seating for the first 40 who apply will be in the nave, and after that it is free seating, a bit like flying with easiJet but more fun!

Amazingly there is no charge for the recital.  However there will be a collection at the end with all donations going towards the cost of the new Thirlmere Organ.  The pieces that John plans to play are designed to demonstrate the versatility of this new piece of kit!

Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to come – then we can make plans for the catering.  And oh yes, bring a friend, the more the merrier!

So, if you fancy coming along please contact any one of the following:

John Comber [747447]

Steve Preston [747098]

Peter Voller [747374]

St Peter’s Church Barrowden Project update

St Peter’s Church Barrowden Project update

Since the presentation about the Re-ordering Project on the 29th April 2017 at Bisbrooke Church, we have started the fund raising locally and have built a substantial base which allows us to apply for grants from a strong position. The church is an integral part of village life and by doing this project we hope to strengthen the bridge between community use and church use. Below is an update on our progress starting with a reiteration of the objectives we have set ourselves.

The Objectives of the Project

We believe re-ordering will:
1. Make the church more welcoming
2. Create a 21st century flexible multi-use space
3. Open the church to other community events and usage
4. Beautify the church and enhance its sanctity
5. Reduce running costs
6. Assist the sustainable use of the church for generations to come


The organ is now well established. Once the re-ordering is completed the organ will be positioned in the nave approximately where the current blow heater is located. The speakers will be incorporated into the wall that will be built between the North aisle and the vestry. The organ has a recording facility built into it, which allows John Comber to record hymns and organ pieces onto a SD card. This will allow us to build a library of music for a variety of occasions and which can be backed up on a computer or remotely held.



We started fund raising locally for the project during May this year and have to date raised £154885. This has created a solid base for us to apply for grants as it displays to potential donors that this will be a successful project and therefore encourages them to be part of funding.

The position on funding to date is:

Sources                                           £

Pledges and Donations.            42900
Existing Church funds.              57000
Diocesan Loan.                             50000
Events                                                 985
Sale of old organ.                             500
External Grants                              3500

Total                                             154885

#FF0000 Raised £154,885 towards the £385,000 target.


As part of the local fundraising, there are a number of events planned for this and next year.

1. There will be a lunchtime concert in Church on Saturday the 28th of October at 12:30 where John Comber will be playing the organ and Jean Swinbank the piano. John will be playing a number of short pieces to demonstrate the versatility of the organ and Jean will play more modern/jazz music. Refreshments will be served.

2. Auction of promises on 11 November in the Village Hall

3. Classic Car run Easter 2018

4. Plant Sale- Late May Bank Holiday 2018

Barrowden on the Move

The re-ordering programme at St Peter’s is one aspect of future changes to village facilities which are being discussed currently under the banner of ‘Barrowden on the Move’. These meetings are an important preparation to provide future facilities which will ensure that the village continues to be a vibrant and attractive place to live and visit.
The church, as well as providing its spiritual role, will be an ideal place for concerts, recitals, art exhibitions, meetings, talks and seminars.


MARTIN BEATTIE 11 September 2017

Harvest Festivals 2017

Harvest Festivals 2017

The Harvest Festival season is almost upon us!  Wakerley Church is first up on Sunday 10 September at 3pm.  All are most welcome!

At each of our Harvest Services we will be collecting dry goods, tins or toiletries for the Stamford Foodbank.  Please bring a contribution with you.

Foodbank boxes being packed

In recent weeks the local foodbanks have almost run out of goods which is very serious.  We, in our relative affluence, can do something to change that.  Please be generous.

Thank you

Christopher Armstrong

Ride and Stride – Saturday 9th September 2017

Ride and Stride – Saturday 9th September 2017

It’s time again for the biennial Rutland Historic Church’s Ride & Stride, involving walkers and riders visiting as many Rutland places of worship as possible between 10am- 6pm.

  • Cyclists and walkers – get sponsored by friends and family visiting as many of the 64 churches as you can.
  • We are hoping to organise a cycling group from Barrowden this year, please let Janet Verest know if you are interest in joining.
  • Recorders – volunteer for an hour or so to record cyclists and walkers at St Peter’s Church Barrowden or St John the Baptist Church Wakerley – and get sponsorship for the number of visiting participants whilst on duty.
50% of the sponsorship money raised will go to St Peter’s Barrowden and 50% to Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust who maintain our county’s 64 beautiful and ancient church buildings.
The Ride & Stride website has full details of the event, including entry forms, sponsorship details and a very useful route planner.
Sponsorship forms are also available from St Peter’s Church, Exeter Arms Pub and Janet Verest  747994.
Please contact David Allen to volunteer to assist with Wakerley’s recording (747531) and Janet Verest with Barrowden’s recording.
Saddle up with the Sheriff’s Chaplain!

Saddle up with the Sheriff’s Chaplain!

Ride and Stride to support Rutland and Northamptonshire Historic Churches on Saturday 9 September!

The Sheriff’s Chaplain cannot ride with the Sheriff on Bank Holiday Monday so Christopher Armstrong, our Priest-in-Charge, will ride out from The Exeter Arms, Barrowden at 1.00pm on 9 September for a moderate Bike Ride which befits both old and young.

He will aim to cover the 6 churches in the Welland-Fosse Benefice and any more that the posse might feel moved to take in.  So why not join this priestly posse?  All are welcome!  Children should be accompanied by a parent.

If however, your cycling days are over and you would still like to support, then why not sponsor The Sheriff’s Chaplain for a shilling or two?  Sign-up forms are to be found at the back of all our churches. Money raised will be split between our Benefice Churches and the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

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  • All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday, 12th after Trinity
  • 8.00 am   Barrowden Church                 Holy communion  (BCP)( DM)
  • 9.30 am  Duddington Church                Holy communion (DM)
  • 11.00 am  Morcott Church                     Holy Communion (RS)
  • 6.00 pm  South Luffenham Church     Evensong (BCP)(AR)

 Readings : Rom.12. 9-end  Matt.16. 21-end   BCP.2 Cor. 3.4-9   Mark 7. 31-37

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong   AR= Mrs Anne Robinson (Reader)   DM = Don McGarringle  RS =  Roy Seden

BCP= Book of Common Prayer