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Barrowden Church Development Project. Bulletin No.2.

Barrowden Church Development Project. Bulletin No.2.

Barrowden Church closed for worship on 10 September.  The pews have been removed and all sold locally. The church has been cleared, valuables stored and the space prepared for the builders.

  • The Builders begin work on Monday 1st October at 8.30 am. The church and churchyard then become a building site under the responsibility of the builder, WW Brown and Sons.
  • Access to the churchyard will then be limited or occasionally prohibited to visitors, depending upon the building work currently underway.  If you wish to visit the graves or pass through the gates to walk your dog please phone the builders beforehand if at all possible to avoid disappointment.  The number is 01858 465353.
  • It is anticipated that the building work will be completed by 3 May 2019. Until that time these restrictions will apply for the security of the site and the safety of us all.

Now that the pews have been taken out we can begin to see what an inspiring and flexible new space will be created

Thank you for your concern and patience in this matter.

Christopher Armstrong.



Auction of Promises – in aid of St Peter’s Church Reordering

Auction of Promises – in aid of St Peter’s Church Reordering

Barrowden Village Hall

Saturday, 11 November 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Come along for a fun evening led by Nick Grounds, an extremely funny and entertaining professional auctioneer, and bid for a fantastic range of lots kindly donated by Wakerley & Barrowden residents.  A flavour of some promises:

  • Several Holiday Homes – home and abroad
  • A Ride in a Vintage Car
  • Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner or a Pub Meal
  • French Lessons
  • Babysitting, Gardening, Chauffeur Service
  • Personal Training, Pilates Session, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki treatment, a Manicure
  • Homemade cakes, Celebration Cakes, Christmas Puddings, Mincemeat or Marmalade
  • A Round of Golf
  • Rugby tickets
  • One of Dick Clarke’s unique Pots
  • A Keith Hensby Original Painting
  • A Professional Photographic Sitting of a Family or Child(ren)
  • Computer Training
  • Dog Walking

The modest £5 entrance fee includes a drink and nibbles plus a bidding number.  Successful bidders will be asked to pay at the end of the evening by cash or cheque.

If you are not able to attend in person you can leave ‘a bid on the book’.  Catalogues available from Carol or John Harding on 01572 747085,,

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.


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