Bell Repair Fund

Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers Bell Repair Fund – Registered Charity No. 502576

The Guild operates a Bell Restoration Fund.  Churches within the Coventry Diocese are able to apply for a grant towards work that is undertaken on their bell installations, subject to fulfilling our guidelines. Here are the rules of the fund and documents that can be used to make an application.


1. Name:-
The Fund shall be called “The Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers Bell Repair Fund”, hereafter referred to as “The Fund”.

2. Object:-
The object of the Fund shall be to provide financial assistance by way of grants to churches in the Diocese of Coventry incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance or improvement of their bells and bell installations.

3. Definition:-
References to “The Guild” shall mean the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

4. Trustees, Treasurer and Independent Examiner:-
The trustees of the Fund, referred to hereafter as “The Trustees”, shall be the trustees for the time being of the Guild. The Treasurer and Independent Examiner of the Fund shall be the Treasurer and Independent Examiner of the Guild.

5. Administration:-
a) The Fund shall be administered by the Trustees and the General Committee of the Guild.
b) All administrative and other expenses incurred by the Fund, other than those incurred in the acquisition and realisation of investments, shall be borne by the Guild.

6. Grants:-
a) All applications for grants shall be examined by the General Committee, which shall then make a recommendation to the next Guild Meeting.
b) The offer of a grant from the Fund may only be made if approved by two thirds of those members present and voting at a Guild Meeting.
c) Any grant not claimed within three years of being offered shall lapse, and the applicant shall be notified in writing.

7. Disbursement:-
a) Any payment drawn on the Fund may only be made over the signatures of two Trustees.
b) No grant shall be disbursed until the Trustees are agreed that the work for which the grant was offered has been completed satisfactorily.

8. Accounts:-
a) The Treasurer shall prepare accounts consisting of a Balance Sheet as at December 31st in each year, and an Income and Expenditure account for the year ending on that date.
b) The Independent Examiner shall examine the annual accounts of the Guild for approval by the Trustees prior to being presented to the AGM.

9. Investments:-
The Trustees acting together shall have the power to invest or otherwise deal with all the assets of the Fund in such manner as they think fit in the best interest of the Fund.

10. Dissolution of the Fund:-
a) A decision to dissolve the Fund may only be taken by the Annual General Meeting of the Guild, notice having been given at the previous Half-yearly meeting.
b) Upon dissolution of the Fund, its assets shall be disposed of to either or both of:i) Any charitable bell restoration funds the Guild may select.
ii) The Cathedral Church of St Michael Coventry for the religious and charitable purposes of the Cathedral.c) In the event that the Guild becomes defunct, it shall be allowed for the Patron of the Guild or other principal Guild officer after five years non-working of the Guild to cause the Fund to be dissolved and its assets applied under 10.b) above.

11. Provision for Change of Rules:-
a) These rules may only be altered by a two thirds majority of members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild, notice of the proposed changes having first been given to the General Committee.
b) No change shall be made to these rules which shall have the effect of the Fund ceasing to be a Charity at law.

(Rules, E. & O.E., as at 27th April 2013)

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