Appeal to restore Upper Sheringham church bells
A major fundraising project has been launched at All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham to restore the six bells in the church tower and re-hang them in a new metal frame.
The bells have not been fully rung since the 1930s and it is expected to cost £75,000 to enable traditional English full circle bell-ringing to take place once again.
The project will involve the bells being removed from the 900-year-old All Saints Church and taken to Nicholson Engineering of Bridport, Dorset. A new metal frame will then be made, along with new fixtures and fittings, and the bells will be tuned before returning everything to the church. The original wooden medieval frame will remain in situ in the tower.
The complete ring of six bells was cast by Thomas Mears II of Whitechapel, London in 1841, and is the only full set of bells in the Weybourne group of parishes. No target date has been set to raise the money by, but they will be applying for grants from various bodies and holding fundraising events.
Whilst there are plans to offer people to learn the art of bell-ringing once the bells are fully functioning, they hope to install a chiming mechanism to ensure the bells can still be sounded joyfully to call the faithful to worship and to celebrate other occasions when no ringers are available.
Donations can be sent to Sue Morton, at 4 Linden Grove, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8PD.
Cheques to be made payable to Upper Sheringham PCC.
Please contact them for a gift aid form on 01263 826078 or email@example.com
or donate online, at www.gofundme.com/upper-sheringham-bell-appeal .
This story first appeared on the North Norfolk News website.
The photo of All Saints Church is by kind permission of Simon Knott at http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk
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