JULY 2006


In his March 2006 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an extension to the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme to include church fittings such as organs, pews and bells. As with all such announcements, it then fell on his civil servants to determine how this should be applied in practice and, as is usually the case, they sought expert advice before implementing any changes. When it comes to bells, the obvious place to seek such expertise is the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

On Tuesday 11th April, representatives from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (who administer the Grant Scheme) travelled to the Foundry to hammer out with company representatives just how the scheme should be applied. This covered things such as grants available for repairs to bells, fittings (including bell ropes), and inspections that lead to repairs; the supply and installation of additional bells, fittings and framework; rules concerning the zero-rating of approved alterations; etc.

More details can be found here.

It is in the interests of all bellfounders that our representatives continue to have an input into any legislation that affects the industry as a whole, a role WBF has served in the past. and is happy to continue doing so in the future.

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December 1999:
New Cathedral Ring for Alabama
WBF Wins Best Family Business Award
Whitechapel and A Passion for Churches
Report on 2005 Ringing Roadshow
Three Decades of Charlie Smith
Ringing at the Royal Northern
100 Years of the Hughes Family at WBF
Lord Mayor Opens WBF Shop Extension
Report on Ringing Roadshow, 2003
Ringing Roadshow, 2003
New York: The 9-11 Bell Dedication
The 1881 Libel Case
Casting the 9-11 Bell
Another Liberty Bell
A Big Wheel
Open Day 2001 (with photos)
Historic Finds at the Foundry
Open Day 2000 (with photos)
Masham and the Millennium

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