Monday, 24 December 2012

2012 Update

As you may have noticed, it has been nearly a year since we last updated our blog.  That's because we have all been busy raising money for the refurbishment.  We have been successful in obtaining grants from a number of generous organisations and coupled with a donation from Ampthill District Lions Club and Green Tokens from Waitrose Ampthill, we are please to report that:

We have reached our target of £36,000!!!

Work is scheduled to start on Monday 7 January 2013 when the six bells and their fittings will be dismantled and lowered to the ground floor of the tower and transported to Whites of Appleton Bellhangers works.  It is estimated that the bells will be away for about four months, during which time Whites will prepare the new fittings and the bells will be taken to Whitechapel Bell Foundry to be tuned. Whilst the bells are away we will be busy rubbing down and repainting the frame ready to accept the bells when they return.

When the work has been completed the bells will be ringing out over Flitwick with a much improved sound and the new fittings mean that the bells will be easier for the Bell Ringers to ring.

We will keep this blog updated with photos of the work as it takes place.  A big thank you to all those who have contributed to make the refurbishment a reality.  We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

2012 New Year News

We start 2012 with lots of good news.  Just before Christmas we spent a couple of hours outside the Tesco store in Flitwick ringing a selection of carols on handbells which not only brought Christmas cheer to the shoppers but also raised £254 in donations.

We have very recently been informed that Flitwick Town Council have awarded us a grant of £620 towards the refurbishment, for which we are very grateful.  Further funds have also been raised this month by giving talks on the history of the bells to the Flitwick Women's Institute and the Flitwick U3A Group.

This money and other kind donations made during December and January now takes our total to £28,545.

With work on the trap ways now complete, the PCC have submitted a letter of intent to the preferred bellhangers Whites of Appleton.  It is anticipated that the work on the refurbishment and tuning of the bells will commence in January 2013.  This gives us twelve months to raise the remaining £4,455.