Work will begin on repairs to the tower of Bow Church in July, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund. To celebrate this major piece of work, Bow Church has arranged a series of events through summer.
June 9 – Summer Music:
An evening of music performed by students from Queen Mary University of London, with soloists Matthew Powders, Alexandra Howe and Beth Graham. The concert ranges from Mozart (Piano Concerto no. 23) to arts songs, opera arias and jazz standards. The concert is given by QMUL Chamber Ensemble and QMUL Jazz All Stars. Tickets on the door: £7 (£3 for concessions/ students/ QMUL alumni). Cash bar.
June 10 – Bow church: then and now :
Part of “Cherishing Churchyards” week. This will be a chance to visit the church and garden and learn something of the history of the site and its importance to Bow. There will be guided tours of the churchyard and church throughout the day. Guides will explain the ideas behind the church’s gardening project, as well as taking visitors to the Edgelands at the back of the church (leading into the Bow flyover). This event will also kick off the church’s community programme which runs until early running into early 2018. The church is keen to hear from people who have any memories or photographs of the church and area around it. It will also be recruiting people to help research the church’s history as part of its volunteer engagement programme. Midday to 4pm, free entry.
June 17/18- Open Garden Squares Weekend:
The church is taking part in OGSW for the second time, opening both days. There will be guided tours of the church and garden, and a chance to see how the garden project is developing. The church will also open up the Edgelands at the back of the church, leading into the Bow flyover. Midday to 4pm both days, free entry.
August 19 – Summer Fair:
The usual range of stalls and refreshments, plus childrens activities and guided tours of the church and garden, and a raffle. Midday to 4pm. Free entry.
September 16/17 – Open House:
The opening is part of Open House London, with guided tours of the church and garden, and a chance to see how work on the tower is progressing. There will be a talk by the architect working on the restoration project and a display of photographs taken during the work. Midday to 4pm both days. Free entry.
All events take place in the church and churchyard, with offering plants and gardenalia for sale, plus the usual cakes and other refreshments.
The church is also open every Saturday morning during the summer months, from 11.00 – 13.00, and you can see how work on the tower is being done. The normal church services will continue while repairs to the tower are taking place.
Bow Church is at 230 Bow Road E3 3AH How to reach us: Mile End, Bow Road and Bow Church stations are a short walk away. Stratford stations are a short bus ride away. Buses which pass the church are 8, 25, 108, 205, 276, 425, 488, D8