Griff Rhys Jones backing campaign to save 130 year old Stockton Heath church bell

The campaign to safeguard the future of one of Warrington's most historic bells has caught the eye of actor and conservationist Griff Rhys Jones.

Warrington Civic Society has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to save the historic Crosfield Bell which was recently removed from the bell tower at St Thomas’ Church in Stockton Heath.

A total of £5330 is needed as a deposit by February 12 to prevent the Bell, donated by John Crosfield in 1883 in memory of his wife, being lost to Warrington forever.

Griff Rhys Jones, who is the president of Civic Voice, the national organisation representing Britain's civic societies and is also the president of many other preservation and conservation charities said:

"What a great project. I urge the people of Warrington to get behind the fundraising appeal to save the historic Crossfield bell. Give a little, give a lot and ring that bell for Warrington"

The one ton 136-year-old tolling bell, valued at between £7,000-£10,000, has not seen active service for decades and was donated to the church by local industrialist John Crosfield in 1880 in memory of his wife – and the Civic Society would like it to remain in the town.

The Walton Lea Partnership has offered, in principle, to host the returned bell in their walled gardens. These are the remains of the grounds of John Crosfield’s house.

Anyone interested helping with a donation to save the bell should contact Civic Society Chairman John Shipley by email at Warrington.civsoc@gmail.com or by calling 07954 521 972. 

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