We are delighted to report that we now have sufficient funds to enable the 5th bell to be repaired and the order for the work to be carried out should be placed shortly. The money has been very generously donated by local businesses and community organisations, by individuals, by members of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild Bellringers and of course by the efforts of the local band. We are truly grateful for all the wonderful support we’re received and hope that soon the six bells at All Saints Church, Hampreston will once again be able to sound out and serve the Parish for centuries to come.
Christmas celebrations started early when 28 of us met up on 12th December at The Bridge House hotel in Longham for our annual Christmas meal instead of having our usual Thursday night practice. Citilodge did us proud and a good meal was enjoyed by all.We had a full band to ring for all the services held at Hampreston over the Christmas period including a winter wedding, the candlelit Carol Service, Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve and of course the family service on Christmas Morning.New Year’s Eve was enjoyed in the Traditional manner with a party and Handbell ringing during the evening before going on to Hampreston to see in the New Year at the church. The bells were rung half muffled to say farewell to 2013 and the New Year was welcomed in with open ringing, mulled wine and bubbly.
We’ve also had a very exciting time appeal wise over the Christmas period and are now over half way towards our target.
We have received cheques totalling £1500 resulting from our Grant applications in addition to the £700 from the LEBRFwhich has been promised on completion of the work
We were delighted to get a call after The LEBRF (Llewllyn Edwards Bell Resporation Fund, the Salisbury Guild fund) trustees meeting on 26th October, to confirm that they have pledged £700, which is 10% of the cost. This is a tremendous boost to our fundraising.
We have made several other requests and are waiting for the decisions to be made in due course. Each charitable trust has a different set of criteria, so it is difficult at this stage to predict what the likely totals of the grants are going to be.
Meanwhile, each week at practice night, Jack has been selling brownies to the band, a group of willing customers which varies between about 14 on a quiet night, to 20 or so.
Another member of the band has been busy making homemade Christmas cards to sell for the appeal.
About £1000 has also been received in private donations.