UK Registered Charity Number: 1154107

Conservation by Re-use

Helping churches acquire surplus and/or redundant bells to be hung for

English-style full-circle bell-ringing.

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I have never been so frightened in all my life .…

said Father David Cawley, the Bells Adviser to the Bristol Diocese when he inspected

the bell-frame at Alderton, Wiltshire for movement while the bells were being rung.

The problem was that the ingress of water had caused the lower members of the bell-frame to rot and it was no longer safe to ring the bells

Alderton, a small village with only 40 houses had just completed the restoration of the spire. Where could it find the many thousands of pounds to replace the bell-frame and bell-fittings?

Prayers were answered with the Millennium Commission allocating funds to help restore church bells throughout the UK so they can ring out to mark the Millennium.

An application to the Ringing in the Millennium scheme for the restoration of this ring of five bells was successful and as the project neared completion an opportunity arose to augment the bells to a ring of six.

The Keltek Trust were advised of the availability of two bells. Details were circulated and the bell-hanger contracted to undertake the work at Alderton realised one of these would be suitable to augment the peal. Alderton PCC, the Bristol Diocese, the bellhanger and a bell foundry co-operated to allow the bell to be installed at the same time as the rest of the installation. The time taken from initial notification of the bell being available to the bell being hung at Alderton was less than three months.

The scheme completed the bells rang out on Saturday 16th May 1998 to open the church fete. The treble bell was the former treble  of the pre-1998 ring at Sheldwich, Kent.