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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Egloskerry managed to locate a small modern bell from a bellfounder and at the same time the bursar of Radley College, Abingdon contacted us saying they had a small bell which they would like to be installed in a church. On hearing of the Egloskerry project they offered to donate their bell. Now Egloskerry had two bells.

After detailed discussions with the bell-hanger the Parochial Church Council decided to change their scheme from installing a chiming bell to the provision of a six-bell frame and hanging the two bells for full-circle ringing. This has duly been completed and the bells and bell-frame were dedicated at the Harvest Festival service on 3rd October 1999. So Cornwall now had a ring of two with a tenor weight of 2-2-22.

The Truro Diocesan Guild of Change Ringers and the Trust have co-operated with the intention of augmenting the ring. Two surplus bells located by the Trust have now been hung for ringing and were dedicated on Palm Sunday 2002.

Two trebles were cast in 2007 to complete the ring of six.

A few weeks after the request we were contacted by church officials from a Somerset village if we could find a home for a small disused ancient bell which had been lying on a window sill for numerous years. Unfortunately the faculty application to allow the church to sell the bell to Egloskerry was rejected by the diocese. This set-back turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Egloskerry, Cornwall

In 1997 we were approached by Rev. Geoffrey Pengelly, rector of Egloskerry (and a few other churches) about acquiring a second-hand bell to be hung for chiming.