Bell Restoration 2019
UPDATE All bells are down and now at Loughborough – see the end of this page for a link…
Watch the video of the bell removal on UTube
Two of our bells are listed, the oldest c.1440, with two 17th century bells. The movement of the bells has deteriorated over the years such that the local band find ringing and training recruits more difficult than it should be. There is quite a lot of work to be done to restore the bells so the decision has been made to raise funds to have a full restoration.
This means the bells will be taken out of the tower, taken to the Loughborough Bell Foundry, restored and returned. There will be an opportunity for the community to visit St Mary’s and see the bells when they have been taken out – a once in a lifetime experience for many of us – especially to see the heritage of such old bells. We hope this will take place towards the end of 2019.
We have also raised funds to replace the current access ladders with permanent fixed ladders. This has made access to the tower easier, safer and much quicker.
John Taylor & Co of Loughborough did this work for us.
Refurbishment of the bells will create a wonderful legacy not only for the church but for the future ringing in St Mary’s. Bell ringing has a number of benefits – it is a group activity, which stimulates the brain and keeps the ringers fit. It is a totally non-discriminatory activity open to everyone; our oldest member at the moment is over 70.
Some of the Costs Involved
So far we have fundraised over £2,000, have received grants of £9,750 and have over £10,000 in a Trust Fund which we could use if necessary. We are waiting to hear from 3 other Grant Bodies and have £30,300 to raise in total for the bells and £5,700 for the ladders.
Headstock with gudgeons per bell
Make a Donation
We welcome support and donations both small and large as well as general support. Donate to a particular item and have your name engraved on it.
To donate, please use one of the methods below:
To donate by BACS:
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 0002 9991
Please use the reference Bell Restoration
To donate by Cheque:
Make them out to PCC St Mary’s Lytchett Matravers
We have a supply of gift aid envelopes and we would be happy to let you have one or click on the link above.
For more information or to set up a covenant, please contact our Treasurer, Roger Ong: email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us for information
Phone: Tower Captain – Debbie Phipps – 01202 632858
We would like to acknowledge the contributions made so far by:
The Elmgrant Trust
Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF)
The Sharpe Trust
The Dorset County Association of Church Bellringers
Church Buildings Council
Erskine Muton Trust
Dorset Historic Churches
See how we are raising funds through a Sponsored Ring – Bob Doubles Challenge Report
Follow our Project on Facebook
See the Progress on Taylor’s Website
We have an exciting programme of events for 2019 – 2020
Would you like to be part of our programme?
Teddy Bear Escape from the Tower
Tea by the sea
The Bells are DOWN and at Loughborough. Read all about it here….