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

Bell Restoration Officer

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Rich Westman Guild Bell Restoration Officer; Branch Deputy Ringing Master
Home 27 Dale Street Runcorn WA7 5PF Tower Runcorn Mobile: 07908 477587

Branch Representatives

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Graham Jenkins Guild Master, East Cheshire Branch Chairman, BRF Rep for East Cheshire Branch
Tower Prestbury Home 14 Hurst Lane Bollington Mobile: 07840 468688
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Tom Nestor South Branch Secretary, Guild Webmaster, Guild Press Officer, CCCBR Representative, BRF Representative (South)
Tower Goostrey Mobile: 07775 747222
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Ben Kellett Chester Branch Chairman, BRF Branch Rep (Chester)
Tower Malpas
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Tim Shorman BRF Branch Rep (Wirral)
Tower West Kirby. Mobile: 07908893939