Ringing ap-peel hits halfway mark

PUBLISHED: 15:16 11 January 2014

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East Budleigh’s bellringers, who are aiming to raise £30,000 to secure the future of the bells at All Saints Church, say they have been delighted with the start to their fundraising campaign.

The group announced at the end of October that they wanted to raise the money to overhaul the bells, and recast two of them, to ensure they would be able to carry on ringing for another 100 years.

At the time, the bellringers expected raising the money to take three years, but after just over two months, they are already halfway to their target.

Bellringers captain David Pratt said: “We are very, very pleased with how it has gone. It has gone a lot better than we expected.”

The group has done some fundraising, including a table top sale, and received some money in grants, including an agreement from the Devon Bell Restoration Fund to pay 10 per cent of the cost.

However, David says a major part of their success has come simply from members of the public making their own private contributions, showing how keen the community is to keep the bells going.

“We’ve had people pass us in the street and say ‘We hear you’ve got a bell appeal going’, and go into their handbag or their wallet and give us £10.

“We had a person post us a cheque with a note saying they are not a bellringer, but just liked to hear the bells.”

Upcoming events for the bellringers’ appeal include a quiz at the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn in East Budleigh, while the Friends of All Saints East Budleigh have agreed to donate all the money they raise in 2014 to the appeal.

Individual donations, however large or small, are also still being gratefully received.

Cheques should be made out to All Saints East Budleigh Bellringers Bell Appeal, and sent to David at Sandon, Middletown Lane, East Budleigh.

To contact David, call 01395 443708.

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