The Friends of St Peter’s Church and craftsman Robert Powell received certificates at the Bermuda National Trust Heritage Awards 2023.

The Bermuda National Trust’s annual heritage awards were presented on 15 June. The awards, sponsored by Butterfield & Vallis, recognise individuals, organisations, groups and schools that have worked to protect and promote Bermuda’s natural and cultural heritage, or whose work has enhanced Bermuda heritage awareness or understanding. The ceremony took place at BNT’s Verdmont Museum and the trophies and certificates were presented by Trust President Alana Anderson and Junior Minister for Culture Kim Swan.

The Bermuda National Trust said “A Cultural Heritage Award in Built Heritage Conservation was given to The Friends of St Peter’s Church and craftsman Robert Powell for the careful conservation and restoration of the windows, shutters and exterior doors of historic St Peter’s Church in St George’s.  

“The Friends of St Peter’s contracted with craftsman Robert Powell to rebuild all the outside shutters and window frames of the church. Mr. Powell had to remove layers of paint, sand down the blinds and replace broken slats. He reused as much original wood as possible and re-assembled the blinds in the traditional fashion with wooden dowels, not nails. Recently, Mr. Powell has refinished the cedar front doors of the Church which look fantastic.  The end result is a real enhancement to this very important old building in the World Heritage Site.”

Friends of St Peter’s Church Deputy Chairperson Gillian Outerbridge accepted the certificates on behalf of the Friends and Robert Powell at the awards presentation.