Bell Restoration Officer
TDGR Bell Restoration Fund Guidelines
One of the charitable aims of the Guild is promoting the installation, care, and restoration of rings of bells and their fittings. Since 1975 money has been raised to help any Parish within the Diocese with three or more bells hung for full circle ringing. The grant, along with practical support, aims to encourage Parishes with the restoration of bells so that they can be rung safely and easily. The trustees and members of the Standing Committee who administer the funds are aware that they are dealing with charitable money and have an obligation to see that it is spent wisely. They have therefore issued the following information:
GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS
Grants are awarded for work to bells, frames and fittings. Work to towers (except when linked to a bell project) is excluded.
Applications may be made for restoration work costing up to £75,000. Projects costing in excess of that figure may be considered on their merits. (added 12/18)
Applications for work costing £25,000 or less, net of recoverable VAT must be accompanied by a quotation from a bell hanger. Projects in excess of that sum must be accompanied by at least two quotations from bell hangers. (added 12/18)
The cost of professional fees (eg architect) is not grant eligible.
Other major grants, legacies and donations will be taken into account.
The Guild Bell Restoration Officer must be satisfied that the proposed work is necessary and will be the best solution.
The proposed work must be supported by the PCC.
A faculty, if necessary, for the proposed work should have been, or will be, obtained.
Where the applicant proposes that their restoration project is carried out by a person(s) or firm of engineers or builders (the contractor(s)) who are not bell hangers and that project does not require either a faculty or Rule B permissions, the grant form must be accompanied by a letter from the incumbent or chair of the PCC stating that the PCC is satisfied that the proposed contractor(s) is/are competent to carry out the work which is the subject of the grant application. Grants may be released upon written confirmation to the BRO that the work has been completed to the satisfaction of the incumbent and PCC. For the avoidance of doubt, neither the BRO nor TDGR accept any responsibility for work which is not carried out by a recognised bell hanger and the latter are responsible for their work. (added 4.3.19)
Provision should be made for future regular maintenance.
Grant awards remain valid for two years and are subject to a satisfactory final inspection.
Initial enquiries should be made to the Bell Restoration Officer. Applications are considered by the Standing Committee which usually meets in January, June and November. Grants are paid directly to the PCC on satisfactory completion of the project.
BRO from September 2019
Sue McClaughry firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Restoration Officer’s Report 2019 /2020
For 2020 Guild AGM
This report covers the period from the 2019 Guild AGM when John Davis was Bell
restoration Officer to September 2020.
In comparison with the previous year this has been a quiet period.
The rehang of Calstock bells by John Taylor & Co was completed in August 2019 at a cost of
£41,825. The work included new clappers, bearings and housings, pulleys, runner boards
and stays, refurbishment or replacement of wheels, new headstocks, restoration of the bell
frame and strengthening of the rope guide.The work was supported by a grant from the
TDGR of £6,275, in recognition of which the initials ‘TDGR’ have been added to the treble
The bells of St Ewe are currently being rehung by Andrew Nicholson Ltd. A new steel bell
frame has been built, new fittings, stays, sliders, pulleys etc are being supplied, the clappers
are being re-bushed and re-ground, the bells are being 1/8 turned and a new oak floor is
being put in the belfry. The cost of the work amounts to £68,466, a grant of £10,275 will be
provided by the TDGR.
St Hilary’s bells remain in storage at John Taylor & Co pending completion of their
fundraising efforts to rehang the bells. The TDGR has previously approved a grant of £7,500
against expected costs of £49,803.
StTudy have undertaken some general work on their bells. Gudgeon pin bearings have been
replaced on bell number three, all clapper bearings have beenreplaced and improvements
have been made to all slider pins. Work was carried out by John Taylor & Co. The cost of the
work amounted to £2,358, and a grant of £375 was made by the Guild.
Sheviockchurch was awarded a grant of £2,050 to overhaul their bells and bell frame,
improve belfry access and convert to full circle ringing at a total cost of £13,616. The work
was completed by John Taylor & Co in June 2020.
St Merryn are planning significant work on their bells. All bell bearings, clapper bearings,
wheel shrouds and soles will be replaced, the clappers will be twisted and re-annealled, the
second and third bells are to be turned. Work is to be carried out by Andrew Nicholson with
help from tower personnel. The cost of work will be £11,978, TDGR has offered a grant of
St Cleer are planning a complete replacement of their bells, frame and fittings with a new
ring of 8 plus a sharpened 5th. The cost of the project will be around £175,000, TDGR has
offered a grant of £11,250 which is the largest grant offered to date by the Guild.