The Bell Restoration Fund (BRF) has, over the years, raised thousands of pounds for belfry projects across the Guild. To apply for a grant from the BRF, please contact the Guild Secretary in the first instance.
We currently have two ways you can donate to the Bell Restoration Fund
1, Donation with gift aid
As the Guild Bell Restoration Fund is a registered charity, the Guild can recover the tax paid on any donations which are covered by a Gift Aid Declaration. You can set up a regular standing order or make a one off donation. If you are to Gift Aid your donation, the Guild can reclaim 25p from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for every £1 paid (at current rates). All tax paying members are encouraged to make a Gift Aid Declaration to cover any donations made to the Guild.
GiftAidForm can be sent to the Treasurer.
After making your declaration no further action is needed on your part but the following HMRC advice should be noted:-
- You can cancel this declaration at any time by notifying the charity.
- You must pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that the charity reclaims on your donations in the tax year (currently 25p for each £1 you give).
- If in the future your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax on your income and capital gains equal to the tax that the charity reclaims, you can cancel your declaration.
- If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your Self Assessment tax return.
- If you are unsure whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, ask the charity. Or ask your local tax office for leaflet IR113 Gift Aid.
- Please notify the charity if you change your name or address.
2, 50:50 Club
What is it for?
- The 50/50 Club supports the work of our Bell Restoration Fund and has consistently been the biggest contributor to our fund-raising since it was set up. Any tower with bells which are intended to be rung full circle and within the Carlisle Diocese can apply for a grant from the BRF.
- The 50:50 club typically raises around £500 per year for the BRF.
- The BRF provides financial support to Guild towers to help with restoration, augmentation or installation of rings of bells.
Who can join the 50:50 Club?
- Guild members and friends of ringing can contribute.
- Our target is to get at least 100 members but irrespective of the membership half the subscriptions are returned as prizes while the other half is donated to the bell restoration fund.
How much does it cost?
- The annual subscription for one number is £12.
- You may pay for more than one number.
- Subscriptions to the draw are due on 1st May.
How can I join?
- The club is organised by Anne East (01228 513633)
Contact Anne if you would like to take out a subscription.
An annual standing order saves time and effort.
How much can I win?
- Half of the income is returned as prize money; the other half is donated to the bell restoration fund.
- There are four draws each year and the pay-out depends on the exact number of contributing members.
- Some lucky people are regular winners but please note they are frequently those who have at least two numbers.
The Guild BRF has Charity Registration number 512111.