The Bell Fund, together with the Guild, is registered charity no. 258271

 Aims

The fund exists to assist the Church within the Diocese of Peterborough in:

  • The preservation of redundant bells
  • The repair, restoration and augmentation of existing bells
  • The provision of new bells
  • Other work directly associated with the repair, restoration, augmentation or provision of bells.

Advice

Before setting about a major bell restoration project, it is important to get advice from the Branch Steward at an early stage. They will be able to advise whether the professional bell-founders and bell-hangers should be involved. They can point out the need to consider the impact on your decisions of heritage and conservation issues as well as passing on experiences with fund raising and applying to the Diocese for permission to carry out the work.

Work eligible for Grant

Work that comes within the aims listed above is eligible for a grant. However, items of general maintenance, such as new ropes, stays, sliders etc, unless part of a larger scheme for the bells, are not eligible.

Any building work which is directly related to the bell installation, such as building a bell frame into the tower walls, is eligible for a grant. However, work to the church fabric, such as the installation or repair of floors, and repair or replacement of louvres is not eligible for a grant from this fund. Guidance notes on making a grant application are available here.

 

Method of Application

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will provide an application form. The application should normally be completed by the Incumbent or a Churchwarden on behalf of the PCC.

The application must be accompanied by a copy of the specification for work to be carried out and the estimated cost which is to include any allowances for self-help and VAT. Details and costs for any additional building work which is not eligible should also be supplied. While such work will not be eligible for a grant, it helps give an overall view of the proposed project. As much information as possible should be given as to how the work is to be financed, including details of any grants or separate funds that are, or may be available. Currently the VAT on bell work may be reclaimed under the "Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme", of which projects may wish to take advantage.

 

Method of Consideration

Applications received by the Guild Steward will be considered at a meeting of the Guild's Restoration and Maintenance Committee, which may request further information and/or permission to inspect the existing installation. The Committee will then forward the application to the Bell Fund Administrators, who will make a recommendation to the Guild's next General Meeting. The Guild Steward will notify the applicant of the decision at the meeting in writing.

If work is not commenced within one year of the grant being awarded, then it will lapse. A further application may be made if the work begins after a delay.

 

Payment of the Grant

 A grant will only be paid upon satisfactory completion of the work and providing the work was commenced within one year.

A combined form for advising when work commences and for requesting the payment will be enclosed with the notification of the grant.

The request for payment must be accompanied by a copy of the final account for the work and details of any variations from that originally proposed.

The Administrators may reduce the amount of the grant if all of the work is not carried out or if the final cost is less than that originally submitted.

 

Fund Raising and Affiliation Scheme

 

The fund receives income from standing orders, wills, collections at ringing meetings and practices, special fund-raising events by members (all with Gift Aid when possible), bequests and other means.

Our Treasurer writes a request every year to ask PCCs to make a payment to the Bell Fund through an Affiliation Scheme. We are grateful to the Diocesan Office for distributing the letters free of charge to every PCC. A list of current affiliates is here. An average of over £3,800 has been received in each of the last ten years through this scheme. Further details can be had from, and payments can be made to, the Treasurer.

 

Perhaps you would like to have a bell cast as a family memorial, make a bequest, a one-off, or regular, cash contribution. See this page for further details.

  

Projects

Since 2004, £143,000 has been paid out for major and minor schemes comprising about 10% of the total relevant costs.  The largest projects that we have supported with grants during that period were:

  

Kettering

Replace 12 bells and hang in new frame

2004

£12,000

Northampton,   All Saints

Replace 8 bells with 10 new ones in a new frame

2006

£11,600

Higham Ferrers

Rehang 8 bells and augment to ten.

2015

£10,640

Stanion

Rehang and add 3 bells

2009

£6,825

Nassington

Rehang in new frame and treble

2017

£6,150

Cotterstock

Rehang and new treble

2017

£4,550

Rothwell

2 new bells to make light 8

2015

£4,100

Abington

Augment to 6  in a new frame

2006

£4,000

Lilbourne

Overhauled and frame strengthened

2012

£3,800

Ryhall

Augment to 6  in a new frame

2004

£3,700

Upper Boddington

Rehang and augment to 6

2010

£3,700

Blisworth

Augment to six in new frame

2004

£3,320

Charwelton

Rehang and additional treble

2009

£3,250

Stoke Doyle

Rehang in strengthened frame

2015

£3,250

Geddington

Repair frame and augment to 6

2004

£3,200

Desborough

Rehang in  new frame, overhaul  fittings

2007

£3,200

Wilbarston

Rehang back 3 and add treble

2018

£3,200

Cosgrove

New headstocks, quarter turn bells, repair wheels

2018

£3,100

Cold Ashby

Augment to six with additional frame

2004

£3,000

Lower Benefield

Rehang in new frame

2011

£3,000

Chacombe

Rehang and replace tenor

2009

£2,650

Guilsborough

Overhaul frame and fittings

2018

£2,600

East Haddon

Rehang  with new fittings

2010

£2,500

Chipping Warden

Rehang in strengthened frame

2013

£2,500

Kettering

Add a sharp second bell

2018

£2,500

The Guild was instrumental in the technical investigations for the installation of a ring of twelve bells in the north west tower of Peterborough Cathedral. These were satisfactory and the Guild undertook the entire fund raising for the new installation, which was successfully completed in 1986.

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