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 paid out 282 grants to churches in Devon (some more than once) totalling more than £326,000.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grants paid out in 2021
  • Ermington £1,200
  • Shaugh Prior £900
  • Axminster £950
  • Pilton £3,000
  • Dunkeswell £1,900
Grants awarded in 2020/21 (not paid)
  • Bigbury £6,250
  • Milton Abbot £9,000
  • East Anstey £5,700
  • Butterleigh £2,400
  • Ilfracombe, Pip & J £5,300
  • Hatherleigh £8,100

We have committed funds of approximately £52,950, leaving approximately £10,000 of cash available for grant applications.  There are several grant forms that have been sent out but not returned and the estimated value of these projects is some £400,000.  Based on our current 10% donation we would be around £30,000 short if all forms were received prior to the next meeting in April.  All donations are always gratefully received and made very good use of.  We virtually always spend all our income each year including that earned from our investments.  As expected, 2021 has seen our income fall. At our November meeting income was down by 50% on the previous few years meaning help with fundraising is more important than ever if we are to continue to make meaningful grants to projects in Devon.

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 - waiting for the forklift