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Bell Tower Appeal

The Memorial Church building was built after the First World War, and its east tower holds a unique ‘chime’ of ten bells, which are cast with the names of 169 local men who were killed in the war.

The restoration of the tower and the Revealing the Memorial Bells project were successfully accomplished in 2011 and you can find out more on the new Local Heroes website created as part of the project.

In 2011 we carried out repairs to high-level brickwork and flat roofs on the bell tower. 
 
We were very grateful to have been awarded a generous grant from English Heritage towards this, along with grants from Allchurches Trust, the Friends of Essex Churches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation. We also raised funds from Christmas cards designed by Sarah Brittain, and numerous events including a sponsored swim, two sponsored bike rides, and a Spooky Sleepover in the belfry - you can see pictures in the photo gallery. We also had donations from many individuals within the church who gave £1 a week throughout 2009 - following the example of the church members who raised funds to install the bells in 1925 by giving a shilling a week. 
  
While the work on the outside of the tower is going on, we wanted to also restore the bells and make the staircase to the belfry safe with a new handrail. We also wanted to have the bells photographed and use the pictures as the basis of an exhibition and website, so that more people, including those who can't get to the belfry, could 'see' the bells and find out about the men they commemorate. We began love to find out more about the stories of the men named, and get in touch with any living relatives who  may not know this 'hidden war memorial' exists.
 
We were delighted to have been awarded a grant of £40,800 from Heritage Lottery Fund, plus £5,000 from Pilgrim Trust,  £2,500 from the War  Memorials Trust, £500 from Heritage of London Trust, £250 from the Sharpe Trust and £300 from the Essex branch of the Western Front Association to pay for this project. 
 
This was a project for the whole community, not just the church, and it  involved the local history group at The Hub, the local branch of the British Legion, young people from the Historica Apus club, and Kaizen Primary School. 
 
You can see some photos of the bells here, or read the news release about the project.
The report in the Newham Recorder is here, and it's also reported in the Baptist Times, the Yellow Advertiser, the Evening Standard and by the East London Family History society.

If you are interested in the bells or think a relative of your may be named on them, do look at www.localheroes.org and get in touch with  Philippa the development manager.  

 
 
 
 

Get in touch

The Welcome Centre is open Wednesdays 10.30 am – 12 and Thursdays 2 – 4 pm. Please feel free to drop in for a chat.

At other times, contact the church office on:

Tel:
020 7474 6603
Email:
info@memorialcc.org