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Medmenham Church Bells, Peal Appeal

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Big thanks to all who have contributed to the Medmenham Peal Appeal so far. The Appeal is run by the residents of Medmenham who are happy to announce work on restoring the church bells is scheduled for commencement in May 2019. Thanks for the money donated so far to date which will all go to the church and act as a memory to our beloved late Steve Baxter. Donations are still welcome.

Merry Christmas and here’s to the church bells ringing out in 2019. 


The village of Medmenham “Peal Appeal”. 

The restoration of the church bells of St. Peter & St. Paul.

The “Peal Appeal” is a fundraising activity to restore the bells and bell frame of St. Peter & St. Paul’s church.

The “Peal Appeal” is looking to raise £21,000 to fund the restoration and rehanging of the bells for stationary chiming. Only then will the bells of Medmenham ring out again at regular services, weddings and other such occasions across the village.

The church is situated at the junction of Ferry Lane and the main road between Marlow and Henley. The church dates from the 12th century, although it is thought to date back as far as 640 AD when the missionary bishop Birinus built it as a wooden construction on the site. It was subsequently rebuilt in stone 500 years later under the patronage of Hugh de Bolebec (1100 - 1165).

“Since the 12th century our church has been at the centre of the community in Medmenham and has welcomed villagers and visitors from all over the country” said Stephen Southgate, Rector of St. Peter & St. Paul’s. "With the Medmenham 'Peal Appeal', we aim to restore the bells to their former state, to sound out once again to the Glory of God across the parish and beyond”.

The tower and chancel, which were added around 1400-50 during a religious revival following the Black Death, house three bells cast by Knight of Reading, dated 1691 (Treble: 28.5 in, 4.5 cwt), 1624 (Second: 31.25 in, 6.25 cwt) and 1666 (Tenor: 34.75 in, 7.75 cwt).  There was an old tradition recorded in 1717 that the fourth bell was sold to help pay the ransom for Richard I when taken prisoner on his return from the holy lands.

"Given the age of the bell frame in the tower, the unusually fine design and execution and the fact it remains as built with no obvious signs of reconstruction or alteration we are of the opinion that this is of great national importance. There are other frames of similar or even earlier date around the country but there are very few indeed as fine as that at St. Peter & St. Paul’s church, Medmenham” said Andrew Nicholson, Nicholson Engineering, Church Bellhangers of Distinction. 

All donations to the Steve Baxter memorial fund will go towards the target.

We look forward to welcoming you to Medmenham as soon as time permits.

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Thank you to all who contributed to our appeal. Our target has been exceeded and we are pleased to confirm the following schedule:

Phase 1, the bells will be removed during the third week of May
Phase 2, the bells will be reinstated during mid July
Phase 3, the working bells will ring out at the end of July

We couldn’t have achieved this without your support. Medmenham thanks you.

Our GoFundMe page is now closed for donations.

Best of luck!
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Morning all. Just wanted to confirm that this page is run by Alan Hely for Medmenham PCC with all proceeds going to Medmenham church Peal Appeal. I will receive the funds donated to the GoFundMe page and transfer over to Chris Toone in the village. All funds received so far have been transferred. Chris is managing the renovation with Dennis and John in the village. See the link below re the surveyors report and recommendation. Note this message was sent at the request of GoFundMe for compliance purposes.
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