Feasibility Study is Released

Feasibility Study is Released I am also very pleased to update that the final feasibility study was sent to 9 organisations last week, with a deadline for returning proposals in early June.   Working with Historic England, we will then assess the proposals and select a contractor by end of June, before getting funds released […]

Update, Midsummer Service and Meeting

Update, Midsummer Service and Meeting 2021 It has been a long time since our last update on the Old Church. Almost exactly this time a year ago we were preparing to finalise a feasibility study brief for tendering and submission to Historic England for funding.  As a reminder, the aims of the study are to […]

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study “I am pleased to be able to report that the next phase of TOCAGs development is underway.  As previously recorded, in May we met with several representatives of Historic England and reached agreement that TOCAG’s potential as an agent of change and the importance of the Old Church warranted support in the form […]

Midsummer Service 2019

Coming Together On Saturday 22nd June, in glorious sunshine, a hundred and fourteen people came together to celebrate the first service at ‘Thundridge Old Church’ for over forty years. A diverse congregation, of children, couples, families and older generations; from the parish and further afield; and even some who attended the last services in the […]

Midsummer Service 22nd June

Midsummer Service 22nd June Recently, the Revd. Amanda Duncan made a wonderful offer to host a short informal midsummer service the Old Church Site on Saturday 22nd June 6PM, followed by a picnic gathering Those of you who have seen the February edition of Village Life or read ‘Around Cold Christmas’ may already be aware this […]

Historic England Meeting

Historic England Meeting On 17th May Christopher and myself met with three representatives of Historic England at Thundridge Hill House, and visited the old Church site. We are very grateful for this opportunity, and had a wide ranging discussion of our aspirations and what support we might possibly expect in these austere times. Overall I […]

Heritage Trust Network

Heritage Trust Network I have recently subscribed myself as a member of the Heritage Trust Network, from where TOCAG now has a members profile page (ranking just below the  ‘Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery’ on google searches). The Heritage Trust Network is an association of 210 Buildings Preservation Trusts specifically for those protecting and managing […]

New TOCAG members – Spread the word

New TOCAG members – Spread the word The list of people I am including on the TOCAG distribution list has been increasing steadily over the last month, and I hope we will get some new names as a result of the MidSummer service If you are aware of anyone who might be interested, then, with […]

Friends of the River Rib May update

Friends of the River Rib May update Mark from the Friends of the River Rib shared some updates from their group. Obviously the Rib plays a large part of the landscape around the church and in the significance of the valley and having met him recently at the Thundridge Parish Council meeting in May, we […]

Diocese Meeting and Information

Diocese Meeting and Information On Thursday 28th March, David Blowers & Christopher Melluish met with representatives from the diocese of St Albans including: Dr Christopher Green: Chair of the Closed Churches Uses Group ; The Venerable Janet Mackenzie : Archdeacon of Hertford ; Emma Critchley : Pastoral Secretary and  Ann Jansz : Pastoral Officer. We were […]