Church Bells Restoration Appeal

An appeal to refurbish the historic bells at St Michael’s Church, Bishop’s Stortford, to help safeguard a long tradition of Church bells ringing out to call worshipers to Church for future generations. Check out our fund-raising video. 


The Appeal

The red brick tower and slender steeple of St Michael’s church are a familiar sight to the people of Bishop’s Stortford. There have been bells in the tower since the early 1400s, when we know there were five until a sixth was added in 1671. The present ring of ten bells was installed in 1820 in a wooden frame after the tower and spire were rebuilt the previous year. Since then, the only other work on the bells consisted of re-tuning in 1928. Now, nearly 200 years since the last major work, the bells are in urgent need of refurbishment. To this end, reports have been obtained from three recognised bellhangers. Of these, Nicholson Engineering Ltd was deemed the most suitable to our requirements.

The Proposal

Church BellsWe need to raise £200,000. The three smallest bells are beyond re-tuning, so need to be replaced with three new bells. The remaining seven bells will be re-tuned. The bells will then be rehung in a new metal frame, which will be placed lower in the tower where the walls are thicker and more stable. New floors will be constructed above and beneath the new frame, the position of the clock mechanism will not be affected. The floor above the bells will provide a measure of sound control. This will help with noise pollution, which will benefit our neighbours, but will not affect ringing for any service.

How to donate

To give you some idea of what your donation could buy:

  • Dedication to an individual, family or organisation, one of 3 new bells, each increasing in size – £10,000, £12,500 or £15,000.
  • Repair of 6th bell – £2,000
  • Re-tuning remaining 7 bells – £5,500
  • Headstock – £1,000
  • Wheel – £1,200
  • Rope – £250
  • New metal frame – £17,000
  • New bell chamber floor – £11,200
  • Sound control (new floor and louvres) – £12,600
  • All donations will be recorded and retained in the church archives.

We will, of course, be pleased to accept any donation that you wish to make online, by cheque or standing order.​

Please visit our JustGiving page, or click on the button below.
  Text Message
You can donate £5 or £10 by texting stmc12£5 or stmc12£10 to 70070
  Cheque/Standing Order
Please make payable to “St Michael’s PCC Bells Appeal” and return to Dick Prime.
BACS Payment
Donate via your online bank account to 20-36-98,
a/c 23417840
Reference: Bells Appeal


Appeal Co-ordinator: Dick Prime
St Michael’s Church, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford Herts, CM23 2ND
Registered Charity No. 1130646

Download the leaflet

Gift Aid
and Standing Order Form

Check out the video

Answers to the
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Church Bells Appeal Leaflet Gift Aid and Standing Order Form
The ringers would like to offer their thanks to all those who are supporting the fundraising.