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The Essex Association of Change Ringers   President: The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford


Bell Restoration

Easy Fundraising for the Essex Association

The Essex Association has a Bell Restoration Account (BRA). Since its registration as a charity in 1986, the fund has helped over 90 Essex churches with grants totalling £250,000.

A permanent Grants Sub-Committee is appointed to consider applications for financial assistance for bell maintenance and restoration in accordance with Rule 13.14, meeting at least 30 days before each Management Committee meeting and making written recommendations for consideration at the next Committee meeting. The Sub-committee comprises the Technical Adviser as Convener, one representative from each District, and the Treasurer, with the other two Principal Officers as ex-officio members. The Management Committee determines guidelines for the Sub-committee and publishes details of the grant application process.

The BRA income is derived from:

The Essex Association is committed to the furtherance of the work of the Church by ringing bells, promoting bells and bell ringers, and keeping the bells of Essex churches ringing. This is achieved by giving help and advice in the maintenance of bell installations and by making grants available for restoration and improvement projects.

Grants are available for work to provide, restore, maintain and improve bells, bell installations and their supporting structures. Types of work could include, for example:

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Current Projects

Bentley Common Bentley Common, St Paul - £484 towards installation of a rope guide
Braintree Braintree, St Michael the Archangel - £3,300 towards rehang and refurbishment of the bells
Kelvedon Kelvedon, St Mary the Virgin - £7,000 towards framework and recasting the 4th bell
Waltham Abbey Waltham Abbey, Holy Cross and St Lawrence - £7,614 to recast the 7th bell

Recently Completed Projects – 2015-2017

The BRA is pleased to support any project that meets its criteria however big or small. Here is one of the recent projects that we have been able to give grants to:

Bradwell-on-Sea Bradwell-on-Sea (2018), £5,000 towards augmentation and re-hang

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