The Essex Association has a Bell Restoration Account (BRA). Since its registration as a charity in 1986, the fund has helped nearly 90 Essex churches with grants totalling £244,000.
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:
- 25% of Resident Ringing Member annual subscriptions.
- 25% of Association peal fees.
- Surplus income from Association events.
- All donations, gifts and bequests and other voluntary income from Districts, tower bands, church authorities and individuals (unless requested otherwise).
- Profit on sales of books and merchandise.
- Tax recovered from Gift Aid.
- Investment income and interest.
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:
- recast, weld, tune and reclapper bells;
- replacement or additional bells;
- repair or extend existing frames, provide new frames;
- overhaul existing ringing fittings, provide replacement or additional fittings;
- re-hang bells;
- install or improve sound management and acoustic systems;
- augmentation of existing bells, frames and fittings;
- provision of bells, frames and fittings in Churches which previously had none.
- BRA Guidelines and Application Form (major projects) (October 2016) (398Kb)
- Minor Works Application Form (including Guidelines) (for minor projects with grants up to £250) (October 2015) (207Kb)
- Minor Works Protocol - November 2016 (406Kb)
Here are details of some of the projects we are currently supporting:
- Great Bardfield, St Mary the Virgin
- Great Holland, All Saints
Recently Completed Projects – 2016/2015
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:
|East Hanningfield, All Saints (2016) - £580 towards rehang and refurbishment of the three bells|
|Maldon, All Saints (2016) - £3,000 for rehang and refurbishment of the eight bells|
|Old Harlow, SMV (2016) - £6,700 for rehang and refurbishment of the eight bells|
|West Hanningfield, SS Mary & Edward (2016) - £280 towards making the four bells ringable for a test ring|
|Ford End, St John the Evangelist (2015) – £300 to replace clappers and check fittings of the six bells|
|Great Waltham, SS Mary & Lawrence (2015) - £325 to restore and rebush clappers of the heaviest ring of eight in Essex|
|Tollesbury, St Mary (2015) - £1.800 towards a major refurbishment of the ten bells|
|Willingale, St Christopher (2015) - £600 towards a new bell and minor modifications to the existing six bells|