The Bell Repair Fund
The Lincoln Guild Bell Repair Fund was set up in 1975 with the aim of the fund being to advance the Christian Religion by providing financial assistance to Churches in the Diocese of Lincoln for the purpose of maintaining and improving their bell installations by making grants to them.
By January 2012 over £108,000 had been awarded in grants to over 100 churches within the Diocese.
So far, grants have ranged from as little as £5 up to £4,791 depending on the size of the project.
Recent projects the BRF provided grants to include:
- Thurlby - £3,042 towards the rehanging and refurbishment of six bells
- Walesby (new church) - £75 donation towards the cost of refurbishing the bell chimes
- Brigg - £1,717 towards refurbishment of frictional parts of the bell fittings
- Upton - £58 towards refurbishment of six clappers and new joint pins
- Frieston - £803 towards replacement pulleys and bearings
In return, many of the towers supported by the BRF have joined the Affiliation Scheme to give something back.
Has your tower received a grant? Do you contribute to the Scheme? Please ask your PCCs if they can help. For more information on joining the Affiliation Scheme, please contact Dot Mason on 01522 796079 or by
Applying for a Grant
Applications for grants should be submitted in writing by the relevant PCC Secretary using the downloadable application form below. The form should be submitted with supporting documentation as necessary, via the appropriate Branch Secretary to the Grants Committee of this Guild, who shall have the power after considering an application to approve a grant from the Fund.
Please note that a Faculty will be required for all work undertaken.
The Guild Bell Repair fund is a registered charity (No. 506118). If you pay UK income tax and make a gift to the fund please complete a copy of the Gift Aid Form and send it to the Guild Treasurer with your payment. The Guild will then be able to reclaim an extra 28p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you donate.
Rules of the Bell Repair Fund
- The fund shall be known as the Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Repair Fund.
The objects of the Fund shall be to advance the Christian Religion by providing financial assistance to
Churches in the Diocese of Lincoln for the purpose of maintaining and improving their bell installations
by making grants to them. The maintenance and improvement of a bell installation shall be deemed to include
the following :-
- Taking out an existing ring of bells, supplying and installing a new frame and fittings, recasting the bells and erecting the same.
- Taking out, overhauling and re-clappering existing bells, supplying a new frame and fittings and re-erecting the bells.
- Taking out existing bells, overhauling the existing frame and fittings, re-casting or overhauling and re-clappering the bells and re-erecting them.
- Augmentation and bringing existing bells, frames and fittings into an adequate state of repair.
- Other repairs to bells, frames and fittings.
- The provision of bells, frames and fittings and erection of the same in Churches which previously had none.
- The provision of sound control materials.
- The transfer of bells from one tower to another and the work entailed.
- Applications for grants shall be submitted in writing via the appropriate Branch Secretary to the Grants Committee of this Guild, who shall have the power after considering an application to approve a grant from the Fund. This Grants Committee shall consist of the Master, the Hon. Secretary, the Hon. Treasurer, the Secretary of the Branch concerned and two other Guild members appointed annually by the Guild Committee. Any three together with the Branch Secretary concerned to form a quorum.
- The Guild Committee shall appoint three Trustees for the Fund. Any two of them may sign cheques drawn on the Fundís Bank Account. The Trustees shall have the power to invest or otherwise deal with such sums as the Guild Committee may place in their hands. The Trustees shall make payments out of the Fund only as directed by the Grants Committee.
- In the event of the dissolution of the Fund the assets of the Fund shall be distributed equally among those Churches which at the time of dissolution were affiliated with the Fund, for disposal in accordance with the objects of the Fund as set out in Rule 2.
- The Treasurer, on behalf of the Trustees shall prepare a Balance Sheet as at December 31st each year and an income and expenditure account for the year ended on that date, which shall be audited by the Guild Honorary Inspectors of Accounts and presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild first held after the end of the year for which the accounts are prepared.
- No alteration or addition to or deletion from these Rules shall be made so as to cause the Fund at any time to cease to be a Charity in law. No alteration, addition or deletion shall be made except at an Annual General Meeting of the Guild, or a Special General Meeting of the Guild called expressly for the purpose. Notice of any proposed alteration or addition to or deletion from these Rules shall be given to the General Secretary of the Guild at least three months prior to the date of the Annual or Special General Meeting. Fourteen days notice of such Meeting and proposed amendments shall be given by the General Secretary to each member through their respective towers.