Combe Raleigh bell restoration pot surpasses £55,000 mark

PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 December 2015

Trevor Hitchcock and Mark Moran with the Combe Raleigh St Nicholas church bells. Ref mhh 5037-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Trevor Hitchcock and Mark Moran with the Combe Raleigh St Nicholas church bells. Ref mhh 5037-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Fundraisers are now closing in on the final total of £75,000 they need to increase the existing ring of three bells at St Nicholas’ Church to six.

A year of steady fundraising in Combe Raleigh has seen its bell restoration fund top £55,000.

The Herald reported in January how Trevor Hitchcock - a member of the Combe Raleigh Bell Project - and other residents were trying to raise £75,000 to increase the existing ring of three bells at St Nicholas’ Church to six. At the time, they had raised more than £26,000.

Twelve months have passed since and, with an extra £29,000 raised, the team is closer to the final total of £75,000 they need.

Trevor, who is a bell ringer at St Nicholas’ Church, said: “£10,000 of the fundraising has come from the Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund.

“It has been a great year - we have had so much support from other ringers and villagers, it’s astonishing. The fees we get from ringing go straight into the fundraising pot.”

Lisa Clarke, chairman and treasurer of the bell project, added: “We have also been given grants totalling more than £7,000 and lots more from individuals and our own fundraising efforts.”

She said they are waiting for authorisation and the rest of the money and would take it from there.


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