Wanborough Bells Project 2018

Project Description
The magnificent ring of eight church bells at St Andrews Church, are in need of some much needed care and attention, and this year, they will receive their first major overhaul since they were installed in 1949.  

The two oldest bells in the tower were cast in 1662 and 1730, and are hung on carved timber headstocks, which have become warped and twisted over the years, causing the bells to be odd struck and difficult to ring. They require new metal canon retaining headstocks.  The bells will be lowered from the tower and taken to John Taylor & Co of Loughborough for this work to be done.

At the same time, the clappers of all the bells will also be returned to John Taylor's where years of wear and tear will be corrected with a complete overhaul.   

Whilst the two old bells and clappers are at the John Taylor’s, the metal frame will be repainted.

The Faculty has been granted, and the work will start on 23 July 2018.

The two bells and clappers will be returned and installed in the tower in time for Christmas. The bells will then be ready to celebrate the events of the church, village and nation for another century.

Project Timescales
Monday 23 July:  Andrew Ogden from John Taylor & Co at church to remove two old bells and clappers.

The bell frame will be scraped and repainted w/c 13 August and will take five weeks.

Monday 15 October:  Rehanging of the two old bells with new headstocks will take place.  


Project Costs

The cost of this work is:

£27,000 approx.


For donations using online banking:
Account name: PCC Wanborough St Andrews 1 A/C
Sort Code: 30-98-41     Account number: 00316459

 In order to receive a receipt/acknowledgement for your donation, please e-mail
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with the date and amount of the donation
and be sure to reference the donations with your name and the word BELLS

 Gift Aid Donations can be made by cash or cheque
(made payable to Wanborough PCC)

Donate using Gift Aid, and the Bells Project
can claim back from HMRC 25p for every £1 donated.


The following organisations have awarded grants to the Bells Project for which we are grateful:


The Sharpe Trust 


      Wanborough 6th Bell with Wooden Headstock                                  Typical Metal Headstocks             
      Photo: Malcolm Barnes                                                                              Photo: John Taylor & Co


Photos of the bells being removed can be found at:
Link to Dropbox