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:


Current Projects

Here are details of some of the projects we are currently supporting:

Recently Completed Projects – 2015-2017

The BRA is pleased to support any project that meets its criteria however big or small. Here are some 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
Colchester, St Leonard Colchester, St Leonard at the Hythe (2017) - £250 towards new clapper bearings
East Hanningfield East Hanningfield, All Saints (2016) - £580 towards rehang and refurbishment of the three bells
Great Bardfield Great Bardfield, St Mary the Virgin (2017) - £550 towards overhaul and re-roping
Maldon All Saints Maldon, All Saints (2016) - £3,000 for rehang and refurbishment of the eight bells
Old Harlow Old Harlow, SMV (2016) - £6,700 for rehang and refurbishment of the eight bells
West Hanningfield West Hanningfield, SS Mary & Edward (2016) - £280 towards making the four bells ringable for a test ring
Ford End Ford End, St John the Evangelist (2015) – £300 to replace clappers and check fittings of the six bells
Great Waltham Great Waltham, SS Mary & Lawrence (2015) - £325 to restore and rebush clappers of the heaviest ring of eight in Essex
Tollesbury Tollesbury, St Mary (2015) - £1.800 towards a major refurbishment of the ten bells
Willingale Willingale, St Christopher (2015) - £600 towards a new bell and minor modifications to the existing six bells

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