Funding

Capital cost

The estimated initial capital cost of this project is £65,000, of which funding of £27,000 has been identified through the donation of the bells and fittings. This leaves a balance of £38,000 to find.

As with the existing mobile belfries, hire fees will be set to make the operation self-financing, after the initial capital costs have been met.

The Council is considering a number of options for funding the remaining cost in order to get Mobile Belfry 2.0 built and ready to play its part in marketing ringing in 2022. These include:

  • Individual donations
  • Sponsorship of individual bells
  • Guild and association partnerships
  • Central Council funds

Individual donations

The Central Council would be delighted to hear from anyone who is interested in making a donation to this project. If you would like to discuss it further please get in touch with Simon Linford president@cccbr.org.uk

Sponsorship of individual bells

Five of the six bells can be inscribed with the name of its donor, up to a certain number of characters. The other bell will carry an inscription recognising the contribution of the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust.
Names of these sponsors will also be put on a plaque on the frame.

This sponsorship is available at a cost of £2,000

Ownership

Although the exact detail is yet to be determined, the intention is for the Mobile Belfry 2.0 to be owned and operated from a new charitable entity, probably a CIO, rather than owned by the Council. This would have a group of Trustees and a remit to develop use of this and other mobile belfries in the support of ringing throughout the UK mainland.

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