Bell Restoration Fund

About the BRF

The Guild Bell Restoration Fund is primarily a fund to which any church in the Chester Diocese can apply to for a grant towards almost any work on their bell installation, be it a single bell or a full peal of 12.  It can be for small jobs such as clapper replacement, or major restorations, augmentations or new installations, as long as the work complies with the Guild BRF Rules. If your church is starting a project, please contact the Guild Bell Restoration Officer (BRO) who can add it to the Restoration Projects page.

The BRF is not able to support the installation of simulators, however some funding for these may be available from the Guild Training Fund; download the relevant application form from the Resources page and send it to your Branch Secretary.

Churches are encouraged to contact their branch’s BRF Branch Representative when they are considering work on their bells, and the representative will be happy to offer impartial advice and guidance.  When ready, download the application form from the Resources page, complete it, and send it to your BRF Branch Representative or the BRO.  They will then discuss it with the other BRF Branch Representatives and the BRO, and the latter will then take a recommendation to the Guild Committee, which will then decide whether to approve or reject the grant.  If a grant is approved, it will be paid when the work is completed and the BRO is satisfied with the job.

Please note that applications for work already completed will not normally be considered except for emergency works.  See the Guild BRF Rules for more details.

The Fund’s main source of income is donations, so if you have a bit of spare change then why not donate it?  The bigger the fund, the more projects we can help across Cheshire.  Contact the Guild Treasurer for a Gift Aid form and details on how to donate.  Any donations, whether large or small, add up and are much appreciated to help keep the sound of bells pealing out across Cheshire.

BRF News and Latest Grants

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Branch Representatives

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Graham Jenkins East Cheshire Branch Chairman, BRF representative (East)
Home 14 Hurst Lane Bollington Tower Prestbury Mobile: 07840 468688
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Tom Nestor Guild Web-master, Guild Press Officer, CCCBR Representative, BRF Representative (South), South Branch Secretary
Tower Goostrey Mobile: 07775 747222
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Peter Wilkinson Guild Committee rep. BRF rep. (Mid), CCCBR Representative
Tower Weaverham Home Phone: 01606 853 643
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Stephen Farmer Chester Branch Chairman and Ringing Master, BRF Branch Rep.
Tower Tilston Home Phone: 07751 838999
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Tim Shorman BRF Branch Rep (Wirral)
Tower West Kirby. Mobile: 07908893939