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News 14th December 2019
The Project Team has been established to restore the bells at All Saints Church, Filby. It is headed up by local resident Phillip Scott. It aims to complete the project by the end of 2020.
An application has been made to establish the project as a charity, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This was sent on 15th August. The Commission's usual timescale for approval was reportedly 8 weeks but we have received notice that, due to an unusually high workload, we are unlikely to obtain charitable status before early in the New Year. As a result, a launch event planned for October has been postponed. A Constitution document has been drafted and has the approval of the Parochial Church Council. Download Constitution A Bank Account has been set up to accept early donations. For details, see donations page. A 'Just Giving' site will be established. Vivien Moore & her husband, Martin, have made a gift of £750.00 that was donated in lieu of presents for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. A Prospectus has been drafted. Download Prospectus. A shortform brochure has been drafted. A Facebook page has been established. Facebook page
The Charity Commission have responded to our application. They have asked a number of question to which, we propose responding next week.
Three quotations for the restoration work, and the purchase of a sixth bell, have been obtained. The Keltek Trust have offered to support the restoration and augmentation project by donating a secondhand bell that they have in stock. We have been advised that the bell is suitable as the proposed treble of the ring of six. The trust has also agreed to donate a set of fittings at an estimated cost of £3,200. The net effect is to “eliminate” the £6,242 for the addition of the treble from the Committees preferred quotation. A very positive step in the right direction!
Allan Regan a nationally renowned bell ringer is willing to give a presentation on ’Bell Ringers Killed in WW1’ (Ringing Remembered) at no charge. This is proposed as a fund raising event inviting the local ringing community & members of the British Legion. Dates and venue to be advised, later. Niki Thomas has, also, volunteered to support our fund raising with a musical event possibly with the ‘Wind in the Willows ’ensemble.
Memorial Quarter Peal
A Quarter peal of the Bells in memory of David W Thompson was rung, at Saint Mary’s Church, South Walsham, on Saturday 30th November lasting 44 minutes. More