Filby Bells Restoration


Tel. 01493 368267

Email. [email protected]


Home Barn, Main Road, Filby, NR29 3HS

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Philip Scott - Chairman

Has lived locally for over 40 years and worked throughout that time in the Financial Services Industry. The challenges of that Industry over many years has given him a passion for giving back to the Community where he lives. He states that is a great pleasure to lead the Project to restore the Bells at Filby Church for the benefit of all,  whatever Faith or Orientation is supported.


Nick Dawes

Married to Susan with six children Worked in the NHS for forty years mainly as a GP in the North West Retired in 2012 and moved to Norfolk in 2013. Lives in Fleggburgh and helped restore a ringing team in the local church as part of their restoration project. Started bell ringing when ten years old. After helping Filby Church restore the chiming mechanism in the church tower following some construction work was impressed by the current five bells and whilst they are currently in a dilapidated condition thought it would be a magnificent opportunity to try and restore them to their former glory.


Bernard Chase

Bernard enjoyed a 45 year commercial career in the plastics industry, owning and running an SME for over 20 years before taking up Director roles in larger corporate enterprises working in the plastics recycling sector. A final 4 year stint as ‘plastics industry specialist’ with the Government advisory body on waste, WRAP, led up to retirement in Filby where volunteer work for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and treasureship of All Saints Filby compete with time spent exploring the East Coast of Britain in his sailing boat.


Martin Farrimond & Judith Anne Farrimond

Judy and Martin started to learn bellringing in 2015 when the bells were restored at Fleggburgh St Margaret’s.  Since then their ringing skills have developed significantly, they are now regular ringers across Norfolk and Suffolk and have also rung at bell towers all around the world.  They have obtained Level 1 certificates from the Association of Ringing Teachers and played a major role in the development of two new local bands at Hickling and Reedham.  They are both officers of the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers.  When the Filby bells project is complete they plan to take active roles in the development of a band of ringers at Filby.


Adrian David Thompson

Farmer, Filby’s Postmaster and owner of local convenience store. Recently elected Borough Councillor, Chairman of Filby’s Parish Council, its Playing Field Committee and Filby in Bloom. In the latter role, he managed the village’s first entry into Anglia in Bloom, in 1995, its first success as Best Village in 1999 and in both 2002 and in 2017, the achievement of the ultimate accolade of Category Winner in the Britain in Bloom Competition.


Gareth Yassin

Originally born and raised in Great Yarmouth but now living in Repps, Gareth is a father to 4 children and married into a longstanding Fleggburgh family having first stumbled across this part of the county in 1997. Having previously served as a teacher and senior leader at Flegg High School, he now works as Deputy Headteacher at Framingham Earl High School in South Norwich. Gareth’s interest in this project has been sparked by the local history and citizenship aspects of its scope and he hopes to be able to lend his ‘educational eye’ to it, to ensure that opportunities for wider engagement are capitalised on.