What’s happening now?

February 2018

New floor and ring beam completed
New louvres now being fitted to Tower Roof

Janauary 2018

Matt Pritchard will commence removing old bell chamber floor, creating a concrete ring beam and fixing new louvres to the roof.

2017 December

On Wednesday 6th December the bells were removed by Matthew Higby and taken to his workshop near Bath where they will be restored together with two bells from Richmond in Yorkshire to make a ring of six.
27 visitors came to watch.
Thank you to Sue Atkinson who came to the rescue with her fork lift to help get the largest bell into the van.
The bells were transported on Thursday 7th December to Bath by Mark Corrick Transport of Dorstone. Thank you Mark.

2017 November

On Wednesday 23rd Matt Pritchard the appointed builder removed part of bell frame to allow access to the trap door.

2017 November

Bells Project Launch Presentation in St Faith’s
Come and find out all about the time-plan.
Sunday 12th November 4p.m. (with tea and cake!!)
This is NOT for money raising! It’s just to keep you up-to-date on progress
** plus an Exhibition of information discovered  so far about those whose names are on the WWI Memorial and the oak board from the Chapel.

2017 October

The Bat Reports were received and passed to the Council Planning Department.
Planning permission for the roof louvers was granted on 7th September
This enabled the Faculty Office in London (on behalf of the Diocese) to give their permission on 29th September.
The only outstanding paperwork is the actual Bat Licence, which allows work to proceed, which is due after 7th. November.
Five general builders have submitted tenders for the tower work, and now we will choose a bell hanger with advice from our architect.
We have 10 potential bell ringers, so at last we can make arrangements for them to try it out, and then be trained.

2017 May

We did it!!  The Bells will ring again!Lottery Logo

I’m sure most of you will have heard by now that the Heritage Lottery Fund has offered us the full £90,000 we asked for to help towards the restoration and re-hanging of our four ancient bells for full circle ringing.  The Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust and the Diocesan Guild of Bell Ringers have also generously supported our project.  The Keltek Trust has given us two second hand bells to make a ring of six.  So for the first time in over 65 years the bells will ring out again.  We are aiming for our own new team to be ready to ring them for the Centenary of Armistice Day in November 2018.

Huge thanks for the dogged determination and patience of those who have worked so hard for this over four years, especially Cathy Gethin who has been involved from the outset.  Now we can have confidence that the restoration of the main body of the church is likely to proceed, and St. Faith’s will become a warm, comfortable and inviting place at the very heart of our community.

Now the real work begins…………………….

2017 March

Additional information to Faculty Office and new Notice of advice issued by DAC
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2017 – January

Faculty applied for.
Heritage Lottery Fund Grant applied for
The Garfield Weston Foundation grant applied for.

2016 – December

Diocesan Advisory Committee approved the Bells project and issued ‘Notification of Advice’.  This enables us to apply for a Faculty (the equivalent of full Planning Permission from the church authorities.)

The Rowland Trust offers grant of £5000 towards Bells Project.