“St Veep on the hill-top unravaged by time, It peeps through the tree-tops, this beautiful shrine”
Unfortunately, since 1936, the tower can no longer be considered as “unravaged by time”. The tower needs removal of the Victorian cement and re-pointing with a special mortar mix. As regards the “tree-tops”, you will see shortly that 3 trees have to be cut down alongside the north wall, due to pine needles clogging up the top gutters and valleys, thereby allowing water to come down the side of the wall.
“From tower embattled, all ivied and gray” The tower has still got ivy on it together with all other types of greenery, all of which are contributing to the wetness in the wall.
“Our virgin bells herald this blest happy day” Our bells can no longer herald any day as the tenor has a crack in it about 6” long and number 3 bell has a crack of about an inch. Due to the wetness in the walls, the bell frame has de-laminated severly at each end as it goes into the walls.
The cost of completely re-furbishing the bells and their frame is £37,076 and the cost for specialist repairs to the tenor bell £3,361. If we supply our labour to assist the bellhangers, then we will get a deduction of £9,282. The total cost of repairs to the tower and bells, including profesional fees amounts to approximately £125,000. Our bells committee are working hard on grant applications, the largest from “Our Heritage” Lottery funds. We have also put in a further application to SITA who run our local household waste disposal centre. We will keep you in touch as we proceed. We will be looking for help fund raising, so if you can help please contact Peter Bucknell, chairman of the Bells Committee on 01503 220215
Thanks to many generous individual donations, we already have £10,600 in our Bell Fund.
Taking into account monies raised by the Supporters of St Veep and an already promised grant from SITA, we now have £40,000 towards the cost.