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St James Bells Appeal - Barrow-in-Furness

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This is the charity donation page of the St James Bell Fund for the Church of St James the Great, Hindpool Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The bells of St James in Barrow-in-Furness are part of the towns heritage, dating back to 1877.

The bells fell silent for 15 years between 1999 and 2014 due to decades of decay arising from exposure to pollution and salt laden rain, making the bells unsafe to ring.

An ambitious project began in 2009 to restore the bells by re-tuning and rehanging in a new metal frame lower in the tower, and adding weather protection. The Heritage Lottery Fund, Dennis Ellisdon, Lancashire Association of Change Ringers, and many more generous grants and individual donations made the project financially viable. Also crucial to the success of the project was the tireless enthusiasm and dedication of Geoff Pullin (who led the project) and a group of volunteers. The project was completed in 2014, and has made the bells much easier to ring, dramatically improved the sound, and preserved the bells for many generations to come.

The tower still needs funds to maintain the bells, add sound protection, re-point tower brickwork, and maybe add a handrail to the old belfry.

Thank you for your generosity.

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