Have fun and support the Bell Appeal

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Would anyone be interested in taking part in a 10 mile sponsored walk in the Cotswolds?

“The Cotswold Way in a Day” sponsored walk takes place on Sunday June 3rd and is organised by Gloucester Kingsholm Rotarians.  The Way is 100 miles long and you can choose any one of 10 legs on which to do your 10 mile walk.  Walkers choose their own charity and the Newnham Bells Appeal will pay your £10 entry fee if you can raise £150 or more for us.   Want to help another charity as well?  No problem.

Entrants will be asked to arrive with some spare places in their car so that the Rotary Club can organise lift sharing in order to get walkers back from their finishing point.  The Rotary Club provides walk leaders and full safety back-up.

Everyone gathers at the Hatherley Manor hotel near Gloucester, where you can pre-order an optional breakfast before you start. There will be certificates at the end and a Pig Roast supper you can also pre-order.

If this interests you please contact Mike Bacon asap and before the end of April if at all possible. 01594 516508, mike.bacon@btinternet.com. We need at least four participants to register for this.

Look out for more enjoyable events coming up this summer, including
• The Newnham Live Music Festival in June,
• A Midsummer’s Eve Picnic and Music at Newnham House during the Open Garden’s weekend – June 23rd
• A ‘tour and tea’ at the home and garden of Lady Bathurst our patron – Cirencester Park.  Date to be arranged

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Bells Restoration Update

Photo 26 Church from above cropped

When we launched the Bells Restoration Appeal in January 2016, the target of £150,000 seemed so huge, it was hard to believe we’d ever get there.  As we enter 2018 we have come a long way.  We now have a date for Andrew Nicholson Engineering, the bell hangers, to start work – July 2nd 2018.  If we can keep to this schedule, we anticipate that the bells and frame will be returned to the tower in October this year. Continue reading

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Reception and supper, with Countess Bathurst


Harpist Jemima Phillips was the surprise entertainer when the Bells Appeal committee laid on supper and entertainment in the church on Friday November 3rd.  It was a chance for us to say thank you to the many donors and supporters of our appeal and for them to meet our new patron, Lady Sarah Bathurst. Continue reading

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Fund raising events to date

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The visit by the Ross Choristers (above) to Newnham last month (October 2017) was the latest in a series of fundraisers on behalf of the Bells Restoration Appeal.  We are grateful to all those who have given time and energy to put on events and to all the supporters who’ve come along to enjoy them.  Here is the full list: Continue reading

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Progress on the project


From the Archive: originally published 9th September 2017

Getting the diocesan approval for such an ambitious project was always going to be a major task and so it proved. After two years of inspections, reports and budgeting, we finally got our official go-ahead – known as a Faculty – this June. That opened the way for a more concentrated effort to gain money from grant giving trusts. Continue reading

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Letter from the chair

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From the Archive: First published 9th September 2017

Having met Lady Sara Bathurst last week, I know that we are very lucky indeed to have her support as our patron. She made it clear that she wants to get involved in the campaign and not just be a figurehead. We are indebted to Ceri Evans, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, who lives in Newnham and who suggested the Countess Bathurst as an ideal patron. Continue reading

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Our appeal gains an influential patron

Committee + patron

From the Archive: Originally published 8th September 2017

The Countess Bathurst has agreed to become patron of the St Peter’s Bells Restoration Appeal in Newnham.  Lady Sara Bathurst lives at Cirencester Park with her husband Allen, the 9th Earl Bathurst.  She is no stranger to bell ringing having learned to ring as a teenager in Dorset.  Continue reading

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