December 9th, 2019 - Chancel roof restoration completed
August 27th, 2019 - Peal of Stedman Triples rung in memory of Phil Henry who was cremated today.
October 2018 - The Heritage Lottery Fund awards a grant for the roof repairs
The Heritage Lottery Fund, Grants for Places of Worship, have awarded us an initial grant of £20,200 to prepare quotations and a scope of work for the first stage. A grant of a further amount of £180,200 was made in 2019 towards the cost of the work.
October 6th, 2018 First Full Peal On Restored Bells - in 3 hours
METHOD: 5184 Bristol Surprise Major - Composed by J.W. Holdsworth
Ringers from the Guildford Diocesan Guild:
1. Nicholas MW Haggett
2. Sally A Schupke
3. Jackie Roberts
4. Stephen P Darvill
5. Christopher H Rogers
6. Julian Morgan
7. Richard H Burton
8. Mark ER Gill (Conductor)
Rung to welcome the Revd. Clare Shepherd, recently inducted as
Rector of Ewhurst, Okewood, and Forest Green.
The first peal on the bells since restoration
Click the button to listen to 5 minutes of the peal
January 2018 - We have raised the £55,000 target for the refurbishment project
Thanks to everybody who has contributed
We are pleased to announce that we have reached the target amount of £54,300 needed to replace the 2 oldest bells and refurbish the other 6 bells. The Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant for our project and they will fund 48% of the cost up to an amount of £26,300. With the money from other grants, sponsorship, donations and fund raising, we have now raised the full amount and can proceed with the work. As a condition of the HLF grant, we will be running a program of education and events for the parish to explain the work being undertaken and to promote the ancient craft of bell ringing. The work will be carried out in February and March 2018 with minimum disruption to the use of the church. We are grateful to HLF for this generous grant and would like to thank everybody who has also contributed by supporting our events and for their sponsorship and donations. We will keep you all informed on the progress through the Pew Sheet and on this website
This includes grants of
Up to £26,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
£12,500 from the Guildford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
£5,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation
£1,000 from the Allchurches Trust Limited
£500 from the Ewhurst History Society
£500 from the Ewhurst Carnival
£300 from the Ewhurst Parish Council
£200 from Ellens Green Mission Hall
The balance comes from sponsorship & donations including Gift Aid, plus the proceeds of our own fund raising activities.
Work carried out on the bells:
The bells were rehung in the tower ready for Easter ringing.
The bells and accoutrements were returned and the Right Revered Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking held a Mothering Day & Bell Dedication Service on March 11th 2018.
The 4 smallest bells had their headstocks repainted, The 7th & 8th bells had new headstocks to go around the canons, rather than on top of them and had new wheels. The tenor was re-tuned. The wheels and pulleys were refurbished and new stays were made. The old 5th & 6th bells had beams attached to enable them to be hung in the corners of the tower.
The bells have been taken out and sent to the foundry for refurbishment
A group from Ewhurst visited the John Taylor Foundry to witness the 2 new bells being cast
The bell frame has been rubbed down and painted with red oxide prior to the bells being taken out
New lights have been installed in the ringing room and bell chamber
The order for the work has been placed with the John Taylor Foundry in Loughborough and the new bells will be cast on Thursday 18th January 2018. The bells will be removed during the week of the 5th February 2018 and replaced during the week of the 12th March 2018
A faculty has been recommended by the Diocese and and has been submitted to the Chancellor.
A structural engineer has surveyed the tower to confirm that we can hang the 2 old bells safely.
The church architect has visited and reported favourably on the work to be carried out.
Surveys of the bells have been carried out by the Whitechapel Foundry and Taylor's Foundry and quotations have been received for the restoration work.