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Bell Fund

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.

Projects

Over the last ten years a total of £98,705 has been paid out to a number of major and minor schemes, comprising about ten per cent of the total costs.  Twelve of the recent largest projects that we have supported during that period are:

Kettering
2004 £12,000
Northampton, All Saints 2006 £11,600
Stanion 2009 £6,825
Greatworth 2005 £4,350
Northampton, St Giles 2003 £4,200
Abington 2006 £4,000
Lilbourne 2012 £3,800
Upper Boddington 2010 £3,700
Ryhall 2004 £3,700
Blisworth 2004 £3,320
Charwelton 2009 £3,250
Desborough 2007 £3,200

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.

Grants

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

Fund-Raising and Affiliation Scheme

The fund receives income from covenanted subscriptions, legacies, 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.  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, leave a legacy or make a one-off, or regular, cash contribution.  The Treasurer will be very pleased to advise you.


Guild 100 Club

The 100 Club was started in September 1986 at the Summer Festival meeting in Northampton with 37 founder members. Since then the numbers have grown to an average of over 100 paid up members. The 100 refers to the limit on the prizes and not the number of members.

Around £15,000 has been raised for the Guild Bell Fund, and it provides a regular income with the chance of a cash prize each month.

Monthly draws
There are monthly draws giving prizes of 40% and 10% of the monthly paid up subscriptions, with an anniversary draw in September of 50%, 25% and 10%. This keeps the return in prizes to over 50% as required by the gaming laws.

If you are not a member already do consider joining. If you miss out on renewing then no back payment is necessary you just resume the following month. Each branch has a 100 Club Representative who passes monies and details on to the organiser, Derek Jones. See the Guild Report for details and accounts. 

Subscription

Subscriptions are £12 per year. This cannot be gift aided. Individuals, groups and towers can join (over 16’s only for individuals). 

The winning numbers are published in the Newsletter and in the Latest Guild News of this website.

The prize list for 2016:

2016

Subscribers

First  Prize

Second Prize

Third prize

 

 

No.  Branch

 

No.  Branch

 

No.  Branch

 

January

117

129 To

£46.80

11 W

£11.70

 

 

February

118

42 K

£47.20

118 N

£11.80

 

 

March

114

44 Th

£45.60

32 N

£11.40

 

 

April

116

113 D

£46.40

08 G

£11.60

 

 

May

116

126 N

£46.40

85 D

£11.60

 

 

June

116

45 P

£46.40

08 G

£11.60

 

 

July 

118

77 D

£47.20

11 W

£11.80

 

 

August

117

34 N

£46.80

62 W

£11.70

 

 

September

118

91 P

£59.00

85 D

£29.50

12 K 

£11.80

October

 118 

91P 

£47.20 

 04 Th

£11.80 

 

 

November

113

D

£45.20

N

£11.30

 

 

December

107

R

£42.80

W

£10.70

 

 

Derek Jones



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