National Churches Trust

From a letter in The Ringing World

SIR, –

  The Annual Review of the National Churches Trust for 2015-2016 includes a feature entitled ‘50 Things to do in a Church’. I was particularly pleased to see that the very first one is ‘Ring the bells’, accompanied by a small picture of three smiling young people ringing.

  I was also interested to read a letter accompanying the review from the broadcaster Michael Palin, who has recently become a Vice-President of the Trust, which mentions that his father was a keen bell-ringer at St John’s, Ranmoor, Sheffield.

  The National Churches Trust makes grants towards the repair and upkeep of churches of all denominations throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland with the particular aim of keeping churches open and of benefit to local people and the wider community. In 2015 it awarded grants totalling over 2 million to 177 places of worship, many of which contain rings of bells. While it does not normally support bell restoration, the Trust does make grants towards repairs to towers and spires and is currently running a ‘Save our Spires’ campaign.

  The Annual Review contains several excellent photographs of churches, including a striking one of Fotheringhay Church on the front cover.


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