Anne Wardell


Fundraising for Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF)
raised of £250 target
We provide grants to restore church bells to support ringers in the Salisbury Guild


Talk#3 (Sat 20th March 2021): "FOR WEDDINGS AND SOME FUNERALS"  Ringing for Life and Death events in the 18th and 19th centuries   Speaker:  Gareth Davies

This talk is an online event, via Zoom.  To receive the relevant Zoom log-on link, you should register for this event by clicking here and following the onscreen instructions:

There is no charge for this talk, but a voluntary donation to the LEBRF through this JustGiving page would be much appreciated.

About this talk:  What was the difference between ringing for a wedding and a marriage? Did the death of Prince Albert start a trend to have bells rung for funerals? How much did the ringers get paid? Discover how the custom of ringing for such events developed and how practices differed from the way we do things today. 

About the speaker:  Having retired from a career in education, Gareth is currently completing a PhD on the history of bellringing in Cambridge. He is the tower captain at Swaffham Prior, a six-bell tower in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. He is also a keen handbell ringer. He has tenuous local family links , as his great great grandfather died in the workhouse at Warminster. 

About the LEBRF:  The LEBRF began back in 1956 when the Rev Frank Llewellyn Edwards (Guild Secretary from 1913-1950), died and left £150 in his will to start a Guild Bell Fund forthe restoration and augmentation of church bells in the Diocese of Salisbury.  

Regular donations from ringers in the Guild helped increase the value of the Fund and in 1976 the first Open Day was organised boosting the Fund to £1600. This then became a popular annual event drawing in visitors from all over the country and an important source of income. Over the last 5 years grants of over £50,000 have been made across the Diocese to get bells ringing again and maintain them for future generations to enjoy.

This year, because of Covid-19, the Open Day and other ringing events couldn’t take place, and so we are using these 3 online talks to raise vital money for the LEBRF.  Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page.

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About the charity

The Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund, UK Registered Charity no 270529, makes grants towards the restoration & augmentation of church bells in the Diocese of Salisbury. Over the last 5 years we have made grants of over £50,000 to get bells ringing again & to keep them for future generations.

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