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
£992.00 to £1,466.00
Main bearings and housings per bell
£310.00 to £421.00
Clappers per bell 
£189.00 to £495.00
Crownstaples per bell  
£137.00 to £194.00

Runner board 


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

Gift Aid your donation:

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:

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
Allchurches Trust
The Dorset County Association of Church Bellringers 
Church Buildings Council
Erskine Muton Trust
Dorset Historic Churches

     The Dorset County Association

The Pilgrim TrustChurch Care

Dorset Historic Churches Trust

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?

Heritage Saturday
Bell Presentations
Handbell Concert
Teddy Bear Escape from the Tower
Tea by the sea
Open Day
Quiz Nights

See our Events Page

The Bells are DOWN and at Loughborough. Read all about it here….

All 6 bells are down and at
Taylor’s of Loughborough