[Bell Historians] Copy of a letter to the RW re Church bells.
richard.offen at o...
Mon Apr 5 16:06:11 BST 2004
> I don't really believe that the new listing criteria will make a
huge difference. The main factor is that the CofE is an organisation
in decline, and there is simply nowhere near as much money available
for bell work within the church as there used to be. Consider the
recent major bell projects (i.e. new rings, especially higher
numbers). Almost all of these projects have been driven by the
ringers, who have in many cases raised large parts of the funding.
Hasn't this always been the case though? In my 40 odd years as a
ringer most of the vast majority of the projects I've been involved
in (and there were a hell of a lot of them when I was in Kent!) have
been driven by ringers and most of the funds raised by them as well -
the ringers nearly drowned in a sea of home-made chutney, waste paper
and greetings cards when we were raising money for the new eight at
St Michael's Maidstone for instance (please, nobody tell me the old
Warner middle six of eight there should have been listed ...I'll
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