Our enthusiastic band of ringers and supporters held rummage sales, cake stalls, coffee mornings, hosted quiz evenings, grew & sold plants, made petit fours for Christmas treats and created a number of wonderful greetings cards. We opened the tower on a number of weekends and the village demonstrated how much it cherished the bells through their support for these activities as well as through many generous donations.
Talks were underway with a number of bell foundries, including Whitechapel (now sadly not longer in business) and Taylors of Loughborough. The Church has been very supportive and the Diocese provided valuable expertise through their Diocesan Architect who advised on protection of existing heritage and design of new installation and their Bell Advisor who guided us on the design and technical specification of the new frame and bell fittings that will be acceptable by the diocese and faculty application.
The Suffolk Guild of Ringers was very supportive of the project and made a significant contribution to helping the team to decide on the best configuration for the restored bells as well as very kindly granting a generous sum towards the restoration costs.
A cheque from the Laxfield Coop for £2387, raised by the local community fund. Thank you!
Rob's impeccably hand-crafted petit fours, a Christmas favourite.
Having a go on the ringing simulator at the Laxfield Museum end-of-year event.
The Bell Restoration appeal brochure that launched the fund raising in 2016
National Lottery Heritage Fund granted £66,600 to complete fundraising.
Joys Junk stall at Laxfield Market raised significant funds through the sale of items donated.
Suffolk Guild of Ringers provided technical advice and awarded a large grant.
Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust awarded a grant each year we have been fundraising.
The Sapphire Fund grant via Suffolk Community Foundation.
The Keltek Trust donated a previously redundant bell.
Framlingham Broadband provide broadband service for the webcam.
We hope you find our site interesting and return regularly to view progress on our restoration project via the webcam and the blog.
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