A record of RTCS activities and events in 2012- 2018.
2018 Round Tower Churches Tours
12th May 2018: 10am Norton Subcourse, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Haddiscoe, before AGM at Haddiscoe Village Hall at 2.15pm.
2nd June 2018 Pentlow, Essex, Little Bradley, Bartlow,
7th July 2018 East Lexham, Shereford, Syderstone.
4th August 2018 Thorpe Abbotts, Needham, Rushall.
1st September 2018 Worthing, Bylaugh, Haveringland.
Norton Subcourse (this and photo of East Lexham by Simon Knott), Pentlow, East Lexham, Thorpe Abbotts & Worthing churches.
Many thanks to ‘Lyn and Dick for their hard work in setting up these tours and for the excellent Information they provide for us.
Round Tower Churches Society Study Day October 6th 2018.
A report on the Study Day was published in December 2018 Round Tower Magazine.
2017 Round Tower Churches Tours.
Four churches visited in 2017: Fritton St Edmunds, Threxton, Bramfield & Aslacton
6th May 2017 Fritton St Edmund, followed by Ashby and Lound, and AGM at Lound Village Hall.
3rd June 2017 South Pickenham, Threxton, Merton
1st July 2017 Theberton, Thorington, Bramfield
5th August 2017 Matlaske, Stody, Letheringsett
2nd September 2017 Wacton, Aslacton, Tasburgh
RTCS at South Pickenham
2016 Round Tower Churches Tours.
Saturday 7th May 2016 Holton, Wissett and Spexhall, and AGM at Spexhall Village Hall.
4th June 2016 Potter Heigham, Dilham, Witton
2nd July 2016 Little Saxham, Higham, Snailwell
6th August 2016 Bexwell, West Dereham, East Walton
3rd September 2016 Thurgarton, Wickmere, Thwaite
Holton by Bill Goode, Potter Heighman, Snailwell by Colin Hothersall, Bexwell by Gary Troughton, and Wickmere
RTCS Study Day: Saturday, 15th October 2016. At Rickinghall Inferior Village Hall. Speakers:
- Ian Groves (Ruined churches).
- Mark Mitchels (The Bible in English).
- Michael Rimmer (The Angel Roofs of East Anglia).
A report on the Study Day was published in The Round Tower, September 2016.
Thefts of lead roofs
EDP published a letter from RTCS Chair, Stuart Bowell on March 10th 2016, under the heading ‘Churches society welcomes the support to stop the theft of lead.’ A high profile campaign to combat lead thefts from church roofs is welcomed by the Round Tower Churches Society. The support of the EDP and its sister paper, the East Anglian Daily Times, church bodies and the police commissioners in Norfolk and Suffolk , have highlighted the devastating impact of dozens of lead thefts in recent months. When St Peter’s Church, Merton, near Watton, (see photo left with plastic roofing on nave) was the target of thieves again last August, the Round Tower Churches Society gave £500 towards the estimated £25,000 cost of repairs. It was the second theft in four years from that church. Members have also given generously to the society’s “lead appeal” since it was launched last autumn.
2015 Round Tower Churches Tours.
9th May 2015 Eccles, Quidenham, Croxton and AGM at Croxton.
Window at Croxton- model of Norwich Cathedral. Tower at Eccles.
6th June 2015 Hassingham, Acle, Fishley
4th July 2015 South Elmham All Saints, Ilketshall St Margaret, Gisleham
Gisleham by Hardwicke Knight in 1923 and RTCS at Gisleham & All Saints South Elmham
1st August 2015 Hardwick, Morningthorpe, Forncett St Peter
Hardwick (outside only- work on inside has been delayed), Morningthorpe and Forncett St Peter. We were also shown Forncett St Mary, brought back to life by local people- a real achievement.
September 5th 2015 Hardley, Hellington, Surlingham.
RTCS at Hardley, Norman door at Hellington & lion from Surlingham’s font.
Tours and activities in 2014
RTCS Study Day. Saturday September 27th 2014. Speakers were:
David Stannard: The Lost Round Tower Church of Eccles-next-the-Sea.
Roy Tricker: How we used our Churches in Medieval Times.
Roger Rosewell: Medieval Stained Glass.
And a tour of St Peter’s, Yaxham led by ‘Lyn Stilgoe and Richard Barham.
The day finished with refreshments, thanks to members who brought a great selection of cakes to share.
Tour of Yaxham church. Elephant pew end
Tours of Round Tower Churches 2014.
May 10th 2014 Round Tower Church Society AGM and Mutford, Rushmere and Frostenden.
- RTCS at Mutford and Rushmere May 2014
June 7th 2014: Horsey, West Somerton, Rollesby.
Mortar repairs at Horsey, pulpit at West Somerton & RTCS at Rollesby
July 5th 2014: Runhall, Wramplingham, Colney.
The chancel and tower at Wrampling and the tower at Colney, with Saxon work and its new weather vane.
August 2nd 2014: Gresham, Bessingham, Sustead.
RTCS at Gresham, Bressingham and Sustead
September 6th 2014: Onehouse, Beyton, Risby.
Onehouse drawing from Claude Messent’s book The Round Towers to English Parish Churches published in 1958. Many thanks to John Salmon who has produced ecopies of each of Messent’s drawings. RTCS at Beyton with tower and integral butresses.
2013 Round Tower Churches visited.
11th May 2013 Herringfleet (NR32 5QS), Blundeston, Gunton, before AGM at Gunton Church Hall.
RTCS at Herringfleet in 2007; At Gunton and Bill and Ada Goode’s memorial.
1st June 2013 Sidestrand (NR27 0LT), Roughton, Aylmerton.
Sidestrand, & Roughton. Photos by Andy Seago. Dick pointing to herringbone pattern at Roughton.
6th July 2013 Aldham, Hasketon, Ramsholt.
Tea and All Saints Ramsholt
3rd Aug 2013 Beachamwell, Cockley Cley, Watton.
Beachamwell. Bill Goode’s photo and detail of the tower
7th Sept Stockton 2013, Kirby Cane, Bungay Holy Trinity.
Stockton tower and welcome letter. Kirby Cane set amongst cedar trees
Holy Trinity, Bungay
Round Tower Churches Tours 2012
12th May 2012 Mettingham, Barsham (Suffolk) and AGM at Ilketshall St Andrew
2nd June 2012 South Ockendon, Broomfield, Gt Leighs, Bardfield Sailing, Lamarsh
7th July 2012 Ingworth NR11 6PD, Tuttington, Brampton
4th August 2012 Raveningham, Heckingham, Brooke
1st September 2012 Gayton Thorpe, Shereford, Great Ryburgh
RTCS also visited the Battlefield area, including West Tofts church, with its metal ‘pantile’ roof.