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THE BELL PROJECT AT ST WILFRID'S CHURCH, GRAPPENHALL
A programme of Restoration, Renewal and Augmentation of the Ring of Bells and The Ringing Environment whilst remembering our Heritage
 
Grappenhall Bells having been ringing out across the parish for over 300 years and the Bell Ringers have devised a project that will ensure this continues for many years to come.
 
The Bell Ringers are appealing for funds for a programme to augment, restore and renew the bell installation and ringing environment. The project will replace the worn-out Bell Frame with a new frame with a modern ring of 10 bells installed on this, pleasantly tuned to the modern ‘5 tone principle’.  Our 4 oldest bells, dating back to 1700 will be retired from full circle ringing and lifted higher up the tower to be used for clock chimes and the service bell, which will be a much gentler use for such old bells. 

To assist with training and recruit retention, a ‘dumb bell’ or simulator will be installed as well as a CCTV System to enable the bells to be viewed from within the main body of the church by all.
 

We aim to raise £175,000 to pay for the works, which will include making some much needed space in the Ringing Room. By doing so, the church clock mechanism will be relocated from the Ringing Room to the Belfry and the louvres will be blocked up internally to form a sound control system, to weather and pest- proof the Belfry and to exclude draughts.

There is an unique opportunity to buy a bell and have an enduring inscription cast onto it. What better way could there be to remember loved ones or to mark a special occasion or even for company sponsorship? Please get in touch via our Facebook page, if you would like details, or alternatively contact our Tower Captain, Mike Thomson via email at mikethomson120@gmail.com

Broken down simply, each bell ranges in cost according to size, with the smaller bells averaging out at £10,000 each and the largest at £20,000. In addition to that, there are fittings to each bell: wheel, £1,000, rope, £175, headstock £300, stay £45, slider £45 and muffle, £20 totalling an additional £1,600 per bell.

Donations of any size will all be gratefully received. Please consider Gift Aid. Please use Debit Cards rather than credit cards to keep costs down. 
 

Charity No: 1131723

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Website
http://www.stwilfridschurch.org.uk/fundraising/bells-project/
Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/GrappenhallBells/
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