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  Campton Bells Appeal

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'Music in May',

Our most recent fundraising event, raised over £1500 for the Bells Appeal. John Loveless, Co-Ordinator of Campton Bells Appeal, announced that the order had been placed, the new bells will be cast at Taylor's Bellfoundry at Loughborough in early June06 and the project would be completed, with new frame and bells hung for ringing in the tower, in March 2007.

Information from Campton & Chicksands Parish Council Newsletter

Bop for the Bells

On Saturday 19th November the village hall was filled to capacity with people enjoying an evening to the music of Erudition - 1660s, 70s and 80s music. Erudition is a group of teachers from Bedford Modern School - who thoroughly enjoyed playing to the appreciative audience.

Supper was baked potatoes with fillings and salad, followed by choc ices.

Lots of 'thank yous' from the Campton Bells Committee:

To those people who bought tickets and came along to enjoy themselves on the evening.
For raffle prizes donated.
To Charles Handscombe for donating the potatoes for supper.
To Jerry at the White Hart for the loan of crockery and cutlery.
The Village Hall Committee for waiving the hire charge.

Bop for the Bells raised the grand total of £547 towards the Campton Bells Appeal.

Committee Co-ordinator, John Loveless, announce that there is only £15,000 to achieve the target for the new bells.  These will be ordered as soon as possible and we will keep you informed of the progress.

Successful Racecourse Day for Campton Bells Appeal

For its latest fundraiser Campton Bells Appeal went to the National Ringing Roadshow at Newbury Racecourse on September 10.

The stand was action packed, with 'name the teddy' ('Derek', seen with Derek Sibson, President of the Bellringers' Central Council) getting over 200 entries, and large quantities of CBA pens (see the focused sellers!), quiz sheets and hand made cards and jewellery being sold.

The result? A fantastic day out, with the young ringers making a great contribution throughout the day (whilst towards the end one ot two of the older ringers flagged a bit!), and over £600 raised for the Bells Appeal. Thanks to all who made cards and jewellery and also to Mary
Mann, from Maulden, who kindly donated 'Derek'

The Bells Appeal has raised nearly £50,000 in less than two years, but we still need another £20,000 to reach our target of £70,000. If you are interested in supporting the Bells Appeal, or finding out more about it, please contact John Loveless, Co-ordinator of the Appeal, on 01462 819074

Pen sellers
Campton Bells Appeal Stand

New Year's Day Bells Appeal Event fills Ten Bells with Copper!

New Year's Day afternoon saw a Treasure Hunt in Campton to raise money for Campton Bells Appeal on the first anniversary of its launch. On the floor of the aisle of the Church was the outline of ten bells, all waiting to be filled with loose coppers! The event raised £162.
Organiser Kathy Taylor said “We thought six bells would be enough, but people came in with bags full of coppers and they filled up so quickly we had to draw four more!”
New Year's Day was also a big day for one of our young ringers, Robert Taylor, who rang his first quarter peal (45 minutes ringing) during the afternoon. We rang a method called Plain Bob Doubles and the ringers were: Nicholas Brown (Clifton) – Treble, Robert Taylor – 2nd, John Loveless (Conductor) – 3rd, Anthony Smith (Biggleswade) – 4th, Russell Brown (Clifton) – Tenor.

Music at the Manor organising committee
Campton Ringer and trumpet soloist
Campton Ringers

Music at the Manor

Advertised as “an evening of light classical music in beautiful surroundings” with a ticket price of £25, sparkling wine and canapes served, and black tie as dress code, it was hoped that “Music at the Manor” would be a glittering occasion.  Profits would go towards the Campton Bells Appeal target of £60,000, to replace our difficult, less than tuneful, five with a new light ring of eight.

Planning for “Music at the Manor” began back in January. A working group was set up – Kathy Taylor, Sue Farmer, John Loveless and Linda Garton, local ringers at Campton, and Carol Sawyers, whose two daughters, Jo and Jess, are ringers at Henlow.  Carol had attended a presentation about the Campton Bells Appeal in the church and had offered to become involved. Her previous fundraising experience has been extremely valuable!

Finding a suitable date was the first hurdle – a summer evening so that we could take advantage of Campton Manor’s lovely landscaped gardens, avoiding other village events and accomodating the holiday arrangements of various key people. Bank Holiday Saturday, 28th August, was decided upon.  A long list of “things to do” was drawn up – booking caterers, portaloos and a piano tuner, sorting out insurance and a licence and organising advertising and press coverage. Probably the easiest part was persuading a number of musicians and singers to perform free of charge!

We also obtained some very generous sponsorship. Southill Estates provided us with two cases of their locally produced sparkling wine free of charge, plus cases of still wine at a very reasonable cost. Champneys Health Resort at Henlow donated a raffle prize of a spa day for two people. Other raffle prizes included a specially commissioned cake in the shape of a bell and a lovely basket of flowers, expertly arranged by Campton ringer, Sue Farmer.

The evening of “Music at the Manor” arrived and after a couple of days of rain, the sun came out. We had been unsuccessful in our attempts to persuade the International Olympic Organising Committee to move the 800m Ladies’ Final to an earlier slot, but fortunately most people were able to watch Kelly Holmes win her 2nd Gold whilst donning our posh frocks and black ties.

Just over 100 people – villagers, local councillors, bellringers, both local and from as far afield as London, St Albans and Cambridge, and other friends - arrived on time at the Manor to be greeted by a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of pieces from “West Side Story”, confidently played on the trumpet by one of Campton’s young ringers, Robert Taylor, accompanied by Joy Curtis. During the evening we enjoyed a varied programme of excellent music, including performances by other bellringers, with soprano solos from Penny Sharpe and violin solos from Jo Dorling, both from London. There were flute duets from Kathy Taylor and Madeleine Best and Irish and Scottish folk songs sung unaccompanied by Audrey Brand, our lay reader at Campton. Peggy Handscombe, a member of a local Operatic Society and her friends, the Merry Musicians, performed a wide selection of songs. The evening was rounded off with a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan performed by former D’Oyly Carte members Mike and Joy Rayner, friends of Nicky and Clive. Each of the performers was presented with either flowers or a bottle of wine by Lily Farmer and Natalie Taylor, young Campton ringers, who also served the canapes throughout the evening.

…… and so “Music at the Manor” came to an end, but everybody agreed that it had been a thoroughly enjoyable, memorable and certainly glittering occasion, and a very worthwhile fundraising event with just over £1700 raised on the evening for the Campton Bells Appeal. We have since received  further donations of about £250 from people either unable to attend or as a result of publicity in the Biggleswade Chronicle the following week…… so almost £2000 raised in total from this event.

Thank you to everyone who supported “Music at the Manor” – the performers and everyone who came. The biggest thank you goes to Clive and Nicky Fletcher, for allowing us the use of their lovely home,

For further information about the Campton Bells Appeal, or if you would like to make a  donation (Cheques payable to Campton PCC –Bells Appeal) please contact John Loveless, 19a Gravenhurst Road, Campton, Shefford, Beds SG17 5NY, 01462 819074, or

For news of our next event …… watch this space!

Secretary - Sue Farmer, 18 Gravenhurst Road, Campton, Shefford, Beds SG17 5NY Tel:
or e-mail John Loveless at

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