The bells ring again!

At 2.10 pm on Wednesday 29th August, the bells of St Andrew’s were heard for the first time for very many months.  And the following day, a change was rung with a privileged group of visitors witnessing the bellringers at work in the ringing chamber.  The pictures below show the refurbished bells being delivered back to the church by the Loughborough foundry of John Taylor & Co., before being reinstalled in a brand-new bell frame in the tower.

Though this represented a major milestone, there remains much work yet to be done.  Nevertheless, it can perhaps be said that THE END IS IN SIGHT!  Our congratulations to Neil and several others who worked with him in this massive, and potentially dangerous, task – while we give thanks to God that no injuries have been sustained beyond a damaged finger.

The matter of funding is still very much a live issue, and events and initiatives will continue to take place until the total sum is raised.  For this, see the update from The Friends of St Andrew’s below the photographs.

 

 

 

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THE COST of this whole operation is in the region of £50,000.  So far, the Friends of St Andrew’s have been able to promise £12,630 which includes a sizeable donation from the Sanctuary Lodge when they closed the Moreton Masonic Lodge.  A £10,000 grant was received by the PCC, but more funds are still required.

You may donate using the Friends’ fundraising page on virginmoneygiving.com – just search for fosta.  Using this enables us to claim Gift Aid on donations  where UK tax may be reclaimed.  Donations may also be placed in a sealed envelope for the attention of Julia Mockett (Treasurer of the Friends) and left at Moreton Information Centre.  Please include a note of your name and postcode, and agreement for us to claim Gift Aid if you are a UK tax-payer as this will add an extra 25% to your donation.

For further information on the details of this operation, please contact Joe Scaife or Dave Forrest who have been working on this tirelessly.  You may send them a message from the Contact form on this website.

St Andrew’s War Memorial now Listed

The following letter was received in June from the Listing Co-ordinator of Historic England:

War memorial west of the Church of St Andrew, Moretonhampstead, Devon – Awarded Listed Building Status.  List Entry Number: 1457158

P1030262P1030263 As you will know from our earlier letters, we have been considering adding the above memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am writing to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add War memorial west of St Andrew’s Church to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.

Please follow the link below to download a copy of our advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England. This List can be accessed here.

Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future. Listing does not mean, however, that no alterations can be made – in fact in the vast majority of cases applications to make changes to a listed building are approved. Further information about listed buildings can be found on the ‘Your Home’ pages of our website.

The local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

The rest of this letter concerns purely administrative matters, but the full text may be obtained from the editors of IN TOUCH – or use the CONTACT button on the website menu.

Welcome to all visitors

To all visitors and holidaymakers who find themselves in Moretonhampstead at this beautiful time of year, we offer a very warm welcome. Please feel free to visit our parish church dedicated to St Andrew and to join in our worship at any of the services taking place during your stay here. You will find great warmth and a friendly welcome.
For details of all services not only in St Andrew’s but also in all churches in our benefice, please visit our website at: moretonhampsteadparishchurch.org. We look forward to seeing you!

Light a Candle

Those of you who visit churches whilst on holiday or travelling will have often seen Votive Candle Stands where you may light and leave a candle as a living sign of a prayer, to cherish the memory of a loved one, to give thanks, or merely to contemplate where you are in the grand scheme of life.
There is now such an opportunity in your parish church of St Andrew; it can be found in the Lady Chapel, near the small altar on the right hand side of the Nave.
It is available for our community and visitors alike, including all who have no specific commitment to the Christian faith.  If you wish, you may leave a small donation but it is by no means necessary or expected.
Each year a charity will be chosen and the whole of that year’s donations will be made to it.
For the current year it is the Amos Trust (amostrust.org).