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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.

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 Guild Steward, 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 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.


Projects

Over the last twelve years a total of £84,588 has been paid out to a number of major and minor schemes, comprising about ten per cent of the total costs.  The largest projects that we have supported during that period were:

Northampton, All Saints

2006

£11,600

Higham Ferrers

2015

£10,640

Stanion

2009

£6,825

Nassington

2017

£6,150

  Cotterstock 

 2017

 £4,550

Rothwell

2015

£4,100

Lilbourne

2012

£3,800

Upper Boddington

2010

£3,700

Stoke Doyle

2015

£3,250

Charwelton

2009

£3,250

Lower Benefield

2011

£3,000

Chacombe

2009

£2,650

Chipping Warden

2013

£2,500

East Haddon

2010

£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.

 

Further Information


Further information and advice is available from the Guild Steward.




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 for this year  in the Latest Guild News of this website.


The prize list for 2018:

Month

No.

1st  Prize

2nd Prize

January

112

68  PB

£44.80

120 WB

£11.20

February

 

21 ThB

 

126 NB

 

March

115

97 CB

£46

65 ThB

£11.50

April

121

102 NB

£48.40

14 ToB

£12.10

May

116

102 NB

£46.40

97 CB

£11.60

June

113

79  PB

£45.20

104  WB

£11.30

July

112

103 KB

£44.80

81  KB

£11.20

August

114

83 NB

£45.60

131 NB

£11.40

September

111

57 NB

£55.50

37 KB

£27.75

 

 

 

3rd prize

24  GB

£11.10

October

116

66 NB

£46.40

24  GB

£11.60

November

116

19 WB

£46.40

05 PB

£11.60

December

116

130 KB

£46.40

03 NB

£11.60


The profit to the Bell Fund for 2018 was £649.15 (47.6% of subscriptions)

Derek Jones



2017

No.

First Prize

Second Prize

Month

Subscribers

No. Branch           Amount

No. Branch           Amount

Jan

118

136 C

£47.20

40 W

£11.80

Feb

122

122 D

£48.80

49 N

£12.20

Mar

117

57 N

£46.80

27 R

£11.70

Apr

117

104 W

£46.80

84 NR

£11.70

May

115

57 N

£46.00

120 W

£11.50

Jun

117

12 K

£46.80

70 P

£11.70

Jul

119

78 P

£47.60

06 W

£11.90

Aug

111

10 N

£44.40

20 N

£11.10

Sep

120

118 N

£60.00

43 P

£30.00

 

 

 

Third prize

78 P

£12

Oct

119

03 N

£47.60

89 Th

£11.90

Nov

119

41 N

£47.60

88 D

£11.90

Dec

 119

51 G

£47.60

117 Th 

£11.90


The profit to the Bell Fund for 2017 was £664.50

Derek Jones

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

 

 


The profit to the Bell Fund for 2016 was £653.

Derek Jones


Page last revised: 8/3/19






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