The Project

We are a group of experienced ringers based in Cambridge and supported by one of the world’s oldest ringing societies, the Society of Cambridge Youths, which will soon be celebrating its 300th anniversary.  There is no age limit to being a ‘youth’, and with many combined years of experience we are very aware that we need to pass on our enthusiasm to future generations.  At the moment our focus is on installing the bells in St Clement's.  With the enthusiastic support of the church we have permission to install a ring of six bells in the tower, and to convert the first floor into a ringing chamber overlooking the nave with easy access via a balcony.  We have now raised enough money to go ahead and are making a start on work in the tower.  As well as the bells we also need sound control measures, electronic teaching aids and displays to introduce visitors to bell-ringing and to cover the cost of the first year of operation.  We hope to be able to employ a part time manager.  High architectural standards are necessary, befitting such a historic building.

In addition to the support of the Society of Cambridge Youths, we are also working closely with the other ringing societies in Cambridge and the surrounding area, the Cambridge University Guild of Change Ringers (CUGCR) and the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers (EDA).

Each of the bells has a donor and will be inscribed appropriately.  This has raised about half of the £245,000 total needed.  We have also received many other donations, and been awarded grants totalling over £48,000 from various bodies including the EDA's Bell Restoration Fund.

We are still asking for donations to set up the recruiting and training operation and hopefully provide a surplus to keep the project going for the foreseeable future.

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