The Bell Repair Fund
The Lincoln Guild Repair Fund was set up in 1975 and in 2015 the Aims and Rules were revised and updated.
The Aim is to provide financial assistance to Churches in the Diocese of Lincoln for the purpose of maintaining and/or improving their bell installations.
By the end of 2015 over £134,000 has been awarded in grants to about 120 churches within the Diocese. Grants are made on a proportion of the cost of all qualifying work and have ranged from £5 to £6938.
Towers that have been paid grants over the last 4 years include:
- Witham on the Hill £106
- Gainsborough £702
- Carlton le Moorland £3464
- Alford £452
- North Scarle £6938
- Epworth £1845
- Moulton £899
- Ruskington £514
- Nocton £138
- Braceborough £125
- Silk Willoughby £125
- Brant Broughton £4258
- Fishtoft £270
- Gainsborough £48
An additional total of £1561 has been offered to a further 5 towers for imminent project starts / completions.
The fund is a charitable organisation funded from memberís contributions, affiliated towers and specific fund raising events.
For more information on joining the Affiliation Scheme, please contact Stephen Clarke on 01427 616463 or by email to the .
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.
New guidelines came into force on 1st January 2016 which detail the permission needed for three different groups of work, which are itemised in List A work, List B work and Other Work. Further details on these different groups can be found here.
There is also a Grant Claim form for use once the work is completed
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 25p 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 object
of the Fund shall be to provide financial assistance to Churches in the Diocese of Lincoln for the purpose
of maintaining and/or improving their bell installations.
Applications for grants shall be submitted on the Grant Application Form via the appropriate Branch Secretary
to the Grants Committee of the Guild, which shall have the power after considering an application to approve a
grant from the Fund. Grants will not be considered for any work which has not received prior approval from the
Diocesan authorities or, where no Diocesan approval is required, from the Grants Committee. The Grants Committee
shall consist of the Master, the Secretary, the BRF Administrator and two other Guild members appointed annually
by the Guild Committee. At meetings any three of the above, of whom one should be an Executive Officer, shall
form a quorum. The secretary (or proxy) of the branch in which an applicant tower is situated should be present
in a non-voting capacity to represent the applicant.
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
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 1.
- The Fund Administrator, 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. These accounts shall be examined by the Guild Honorary Inspectors of Accounts, in accordance with Charity Commission rules. The accounts are to be 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 of these Rules shall be made so as to cause the Fund at any time to cease to be a Charity in law.
- No alteration shall be made except at a General Meeting, (i.e. Annual, Half-yearly or Special) of the Guild and must be passed by a two-thirds majority of those members present.
- A minimum of twenty-eight days notice of such meeting and proposed alteration must be given to each member through their respective towers via their Branch Secretaries.
NOTES TO THE RULES
All references to bells shall mean bells hung for full circle ringing,
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.
Bringing existing bells, frames and fittings into an adequate state of repair and augmentation up
to a maximum of a ring of 6.
Other repairs to bells, frames and fittings.
The provision of sound control materials.
The transfer of bells from one tower to another and the work entailed.
Any other work which the Trustees deem to comply with the object of the fund including augmentation
above 6 bells.
- Taking out an existing ring of bells, supplying and installing a new frame and fittings, recasting the bells and erecting the same.
Terms of payment
The Trustees shall, at the start of each calendar year, having reviewed the available funds and
known impending work, determine the maximum level of grant to be paid from the fund during the year.
The grant payable shall be assessed as a proportion of the final invoice cost of the project.
At the discretion of the Trustees interim payments or loans may be made to assist the applicant
parish with its cash flow and to minimize an escalation of cost because of delays in fund-raising.
- The Trustees shall, at the start of each calendar year, having reviewed the available funds and known impending work, determine the maximum level of grant to be paid from the fund during the year.
A Church shall be considered to be affiliated to the Bell Repair Fund in any one calendar year if it had donated to the Fund during the previous calendar year.