The Charmborough Bell Trust is an educational charity (registered number 1126164) set up in 2008 to promote an awareness of the historically and culturally important English art and science of change–ringing (as originated on church bells).
This is achieved through enabling local teams to put on public demonstrations of ringing, and provide information to people in the wider community, regardless of age, race, gender or religion.
By taking the Ring to public events, a wide audience can see and better understand what change–ringing involves, and receive free short ‘taster’ handling lesson. People can usually handle the backstroke within 1 - 2 minutes and then participate in rounds with a teacher ringing the handstroke.
Even the very young can have a go!
The Charmborough Bell Trust’s main items of expenditure are rent of storage space for the Charmborough Ring, insurance, transport and maintenance. Although the Trust has use of the Charmborough Ring it is privately owned on the understanding that the Ring will be bought by the Trust when finances permit this.
The Trust’s income comes from hire fees and donations. Donations (but not hire & transport fees) made under the gift aid scheme enable the Trust to reclaim the tax paid by eligible tax payers — this is currently 25p for every £1 donated. A gift aid declaration form is available here.