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.
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.