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This fundraising page is for Restoration, Renewal and Augmentation of

St Wilfrid's Grappenhall Church Bells

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Alison Collins

Grappenhall Bells have been ringing out across the parish for over 300 years. This project will ensure this continues for many years to come.

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St Wilfrid's Church Grappenhall

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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. 

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.

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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

Broken down simply,  the cost of the smaller bells averages 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.

Event date

03-July-2018 00:00  - 
01-January-2019 00:00

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Well done Looking forward to hearing them ring again
Donation by Robert Walker
on 25-01-2019

Donation summary

Online Donations: £10.00
Offline Donations: £165,000.00
Total Raised: £165,010.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £165,012.50

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