Tour of segregated graveyard shines light on Bermuda’s history

News  |  April 27, 2022

A year ago Reverend Lorne Bean started a tour at St Peter’s, where the churchyard tells the story of Bermuda’s “chequered” past. Built shortly after the island was settled in 1612, it shows a clear divide: the western section was reserved for slaves, free Blacks and Indians and the central section for Whites; the eastern section was for members of the military. “I talk about human... Read more

Kids’ pennies help keep St George’s clock ticking

News  |  March 23, 2022

A few months ago Caleb Booth decided to save any money he got at Christmas and his birthday for a trip to the Big Apple to see his uncle.He’d put aside about $30 when his school started a penny drive for the restoration of the 208-year-old clock at St Peter’s Church.In a heartbeat, Caleb emptied his piggy bank.“It was not hard,” the St George’s Preparatory student said. “I just donate... Read more

Last casualty of the War of 1812 between the UK and US recalled

News  |  February 22, 2022

The life and sacrifice of a 19th-century American sailor was marked at a ceremony on Saturday. Midshipman Richard Dale USN was wounded in an engagement that involved the USS President, a frigate, and the Royal Navy on January 29, 1815. The junior officer and his captured ship were brought to St George, where he was looked after by Bermudians, but he died of his injuries on February 22 ... Read more

Robert gives centuries-old windows a new lease on life

News  |  December 22, 2021

Centuries-old windows in St George’s are getting a new lease on life thanks to the skilled attention of Robert Powell.The 66-year-old has spent the past two months fixing the 14 windows at St Peter’s Church rectory. The building, which sits behind the Unfinished Church on Government Hill Road, is home to Reverend Tom Slawson and his family.Such repair work is never easy as, in any project... Read more

Private donors support historic church as plans discussed for future survival

News  |  November 17, 2021

Priest sharing, hosting secular events and attracting youth organisations were all scenarios explored to address the financial crisis at St Peter’s Church. A meeting was held last Saturday by supporters of the St George's institution, the oldest continually used Anglican church in the Western hemisphere, to discuss ways to secure its future. About 40 community members attended including G... Read more

‘The future of the Anglican Parish of St George’s is in peril’

News  |  October 30, 2021

A historic church in St George has hit a “financial crisis point”, it was revealed yesterday. St Peter’s Church has suffered from a decline in the number of visitors and churchgoers because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected its income. A newsletter from Father Tom Slawson, the parish priest, warned: “We are in peril and cannot continue as usual.” Now the Friends... Read more

Soup kitchen to resume in the Old Town next month

News  |  August 7, 2021

An interdenominational collaboration aimed at helping the needy in St George’s is set to resume next month.Richard Allen AME Church and St Peter’s Anglican Church have run a soup kitchen every Wednesday in the Old Town since December.The collaboration is a direct response to the pandemic and the financial strain it has placed on many people.Reverend Dr Lorne Bean, pastor of the Richard Allen ... Read more

St Peter’s ramps up disabled access

News  |  May 13, 2021

Long serving Vestry member Betty Smith A ramp made of Bermuda cedar has been installed at a historic church to make life easier for disabled people. The Friends of St Peter’s Church, in St George, said the ramp to the vestry was opened last Sunday. A spokeswoman added: “The ramp was a project of The Friends of St Peter’s Church and continues their objective of making the 400 year-o... Read more

Nine tourism entrepreneurs to receive funding from BTA

News  |  May 11, 2021

St. Peter's Church, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Town of St. George, has won funding for African Diaspora Heritage tours celebrating stories of Bermuda's Black history. Rev. Lorne Bean is pictured at the door of the centuries old Anglican church.Nine tourism entrepreneurs are to receive funding through the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Experience Investment Programme. In addit... Read more

The final casualty of the last US/UK war commemorated

News  |  February 21, 2021

The last casualty of a 19th century war between the United Kingdom and the United States was remembered today. A ceremony to commemorate Midshipman Richard Dale of the US Navy was held at St Peter’s Church, St George, where the young officer, aged 20 when he died in the Olde Towne, is buried. Richard Spurling, chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s Church, which organises the annual even... Read more