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Barrow Bells - Fundraising

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Fundraising Aims
How to Donate
Gift Aid

Fundraising Aims - What do we need to raise funds for?

The running costs such as heating and lighting

The cost of maintenance of the bells to ensure they do not need to be restored again in years to come, and they continue to be safe and easy to ring

Purchase spare parts that were not supplied with the new installation - spare stays and sliders

Recruit and train new ringers, so we are creating a library of books and other learning aids to help, and need to spend on publicity - factsheets, FAQs and other handouts. There are other costs assocated with hosting recruiting and training days.

Make further improvements:

Contribute to other costs that affect the bells - e.g. maintenance of the tower such as pointing of brickwork that is needed.

Local history - we want to lodge photos and documentary information with the local records office, and research people and history associated with the church tower.

Make donation to Bell Restoration Fund in Branch & Association to benefit other restoration projects, and in gratitude for donations for our own restoration appeal

Woodturning - recycling wood reclaimed from bell restoration

Quite a lot of wood was removed from the tower when the bells were removed to be rehung lower in the tower.

Rather than send it to landfill or burn it, the wood has been reclaimed and distributed to a number of craftspeople in Cumbria, such as WavyGrain and Leanne Bolger.

We have also kept a portion and craft some of this wood into woodturned objects, giving it a third purpose ... (1) a tree growing to maturity, and then (2) spending 135 years as part of the bell frame, before (3) being fashioned into attractive functional and decorative items for you to own and enjoy!

There are three types of wood reclaimed from the old belfry:

The sale of these items helps raise funds for the future of the bellringing at St James' tower as illustrated in Fundraising Aims above.

Some photographs of items that have been made previously are shown below (click on picture for larger image in new tab):
Woodturned Bowls - approx 15cm wide
Oak and Ash Bowls approx 10 to 15cm wide.
Letter Opener - approx 12cm long
Oak Letter Opener, approx 12cm long.
Bottle Stoppers
Oak/Ash Bottle Stoppers, approx 8-10cm long.
Twist ball-point pens
Twist ball-point pens.
Collection of woodturned objects
Collection of woodturned objects on display.
Small Keyrings
Small oak keyrings - acorn/bell/disc
Bottle Stopper
Oak Bottle Stopper.
Marlin Spike for Ropes
Ash Marlin Spike for Ropes, 13-14cm long.
Light Pulls
Oak/Ash Light Pulls.

Items have also been requested (such as a darning mushroom) but generally most items are produced and sold from stock. Some items illustrated were produced by different woodturners, and may not be reproduced.

Each item is hand made and unique - a variety of shapes with straight or curved lines, contemporary or traditional designs.

Current items in stock (as at 30th Nov 2015):
PriceWoodturned Object
£10Twist open ball-point penOAK / ASH
£8Letter OpenerOAK / ASH
£4Large Bell keyring (approx 25mm diameter)OAK
£2.50Small Bell keyring (approx 12-15mm diameter)OAK
£2Disc keyring (approx 25mm diameter)OAK

Other items that may be manufactured in near future:

If you wish to purchase an item, or have suggestions/request for objects, please contact the tower captain (see Contact Us page). Thank you.

How to Donate to St James' Bell Appeal


Write a cheque, made payable to St James PCC and write Bells Appeal on the reverse of the cheque, before posting it to the Vicar (see address at North Barrow Team Ministry webpage) or pass it on to Churchwarden at a service, making clear it is a donation for the bells.

We have charity status (HMRC ref: X4687) and can recover tax paid on donations from
UK tax payers (income tax/capital gains tax),

So please consider gift-aiding your donation so that we can claim back an extra 25p from the taxman for every £1 donated!

To Gift Aid your donation, you will need to send the following information with the cheque:
  [1] A brief note to say you wish to gift aid your donation
  [2] Surname and Initials of the taxpayer (in BLOCK CAPITALS).
  [3] Full address of taxpayer - or - House Name/Number with Full Postcode (in BLOCK CAPITALS).
  [4] Signature and Date
or print, fill-in and send one of the following forms: Single Donor - or - Multiple Donors

We are very grateful for all donations, however large or small. All donations and assistance will be most welcome.

More details about eligibility and what information is required to claim Gift Aid is proivided in the Gift Aid section below.

Gift Aid

Your donation can be topped up by a further 25% from HM Revenue & Customs if you elect to 'Gift Aid' the donation.

To be eligible to gift aid your donation you must be a UK Tax Payer and pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that the charity will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year.
The secure online giving websites will automatically prompt you for all the information they require to claim gift aid.
For those of you who prefer to send a cheque in the post, please use one of the forms above or provide the following information in a covering letter:
  • Surname and Initials of the tax payer
  • House name or number
  • Full postcode
  • Signature and date
  • A statement to the effect that you would like St James PCC Barrow-in-Furness to reclaim gift aid on your donation.
Note for higher rate tax payers - you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return if you want to receive the additional tax relief due to you.