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 raising money for the new bells for St Clement's.  With the enthusiastic support of the church we have applied for 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 also need to pay for sound control measures, electronic teaching aids and displays to introduce visitors to bell-ringing.  We will need to cover the cost of the first year of operation and we hope 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).

We need donations!  We are trying to raise £250,000 to fund this project, and we hope that ringers everywhere, particularly those who have enjoyed ringing in Cambridge, will want to help.  We will apply for grants, but much more will be needed.  We hope some major donors will come forward, each sponsoring one of the bells which would then be cast with a commemorative inscription, but chiefly we want donations large and small from as many people as possible.

Click here to donate or make a pledge.