Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund

The Devon Church Bell Restoration Fund (DCBRF) is a registered charity (no. 276490) which exists to help finance bell restoration work within Devon. Since its inception in 1972 the fund has helped over 210 Devon churches (some more than once) with grants totalling more than £293,000.

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What does the DCBRF do?

Woodbury - passing through the ringing chamber

Devon has more church bells than any other county and whilst our financial position has changed in the last few years we still need to raise funds to maintain the bell installations. To contribute to this fund or for more information about the DCBRF please contact the Secretary Ian Smith, or the Treasurer Mary Mears.

Grants paid out in 2019
  • Farway, £280
  • Beaford, £4,500
  • Brentor, £1,000
  • Northam, £2,200
  • Kingskerswell, £7,500
  • Woodbury, £5,500
Grants awarded in 2019
  • Farway, £280
  • Brentor, £1,000
  • Pilton, £3,000
  • Ermington, £1,200
  • Cadbury, £6,000
  • Kingskerswell, £500

We have committed funds of approximately £29,000. Our current liquid funds are more than they have been for a couple of years but we still require a good level of income to ensure all grant requests received can be awarded a meaningful amount.

All of these grants are for work on the bells to make them:

  1. ringable
  2. easier to ring, or
  3. safe to ring
Woodbury Tenor with canon retaining headstock
Woodbury: Tenor with canon retaining headstock
Woodbury - waiting for the forklift
Woodbury: waiting for the forklift