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J Andrew Pollock

I am the secretary for the tower of St James, Barrow-in-Furness. It is a great pity that the only bells that can be rung in the traditional...

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St James Bells Appeal - Barrow-in-Furness

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I am the secretary for the tower of St James, Barrow-in-Furness.

It is a great pity that the only bells that can be rung in the traditional way in the town are unsafe to ring and have not been rung together for 12 years.

I want to raise money to restore the bells at the church so that they can be heard once more for services, weddings and to celebrate other notable events.

This is my page dedicated to raising money for the Bell Restoration Appeal of St James the Great, Hindpool, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Can you help to raise some money to rescue the bells and preserve part of the heritage of Barrow-in-Furness?

Event details

135 Mile Swim for St James Bell Restoration Appeal

I am not particularly young or athletic, but I am trying to swim 135 miles in my local swimming pool over 9.5 months to complete on St James' day 2012 when the bells of St James will be 135 years old.

I swam 5km in a swimathon about 15 years ago but have never attempted anything on this scale before.

I started back on 7th October 2011, and I need to average about 30 lengths in my 25m pool every day for the whole 9.5 months!

Progress can be viewed at:

The bells had to stop ringing before the millennium when the church underwent major renovation to its roof, west window and other masonry.

When the work was complete and the future of the church secure, we found that the bells which were in poor repair before the closure, were now unsafe to ring.

Can you give anything to help restore these bells for future generations?

Event date

21-January-2012 00:00  - 
25-July-2012 20:00

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The Park Leisure Centre Greengate Street,
LA13 9DT,


Hi Andy, this is Tony Johnson who tried to swim lengths doing "crawl" behind you doing "breast stroke", ok for fifty lengths or so, but I just could not keep up with you! Well done! See you in the Pool again?
Donation by ATony Johnsonnonymous
on 21-10-2012
£1.25 gift aid
I don't know you Andy, but I've just read about your exploits on Campanophile. Well done on a great swimming achievement. Hope you have saved some strength for the restoration work!
Donation by Alex
on 22-08-2012
£1.25 gift aid
Donation by Conman
on 08-08-2012
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Alan
on 06-08-2012
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Andy
on 24-07-2012
£3.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 24-07-2012
£2.50 gift aid
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on 28-06-2012
£1.25 gift aid
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on 21-05-2012
£12.50 gift aid
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on 20-02-2012
£2.50 gift aid
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on 05-02-2012
£0.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £169.00
Offline Donations: £702.68
Total Raised: £871.68
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £908.93

Donations closed

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