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Bell Restoration Officer

 

Bell Restoration Fund Guidelines

TDGR BELL RESTORATION FUND

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.

Restoration work costing less than £1000 is not eligible for a grant.

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.

All work must be undertaken by a recognized bell hanging contractor.

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.

Bell Restoration Report

                     Bell Restoration Officers Report For 2018 AGM

This last year has seen the completion and restoration at four towers that applied for a grant from the guild.

St Winnow have had a complete new ring of ten hung in their tower. This peal has been hung under the old peal of six bells lower in the tower, due to previous movement that was causing cracks in the stonework. They are a delightful little peal of three and three-quarter hundred weight and will be ideal for their mostly young band to manage as they get used to them. Their grant amounted to £7500.

St Veep had work carried out on their frame, fittings and on the tenor bell which was sent to Soundweld for repair of a hairline crack.  During the morning of their open day celebrations a peal was rung by a guild band.  Afterwards the band joined the local ringers who entertained them to lunch, where a cheque from the guild was presented to them for £4675.  Each peal band member also received a Ringing World Calendar in thanks for their efforts.

Both Mullion and Lanreath had their clappers sent away for re-bushing and restoration by Taylors. The clappers at both towers were taken out from the bells and replaced by local ringers which kept costs to a minimum. Grants of £200 to Mullion, and £275 to Lanreath were paid.

I have heard no further from Bradoc at the time of presenting this report.

Luxulyan and Davidstow will now have to reapply for a grant, since nothing has been heard from them on their applications for three years, thus going past the normal two years duration before having to reapply.

Lelant have applied for a grant on their bells, which will involve work to their frame and bell fittings. They have already spent quite a sum of money on their tower roof which was letting in water, hence the work which will now be needed on the bell installation.

I have also sent out grant application forms to Zennor and St Austell.

John Davis