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Ringing out an ap-peal

Posted on January 26 2006 at 8:42:35

Tenor bell

The bell ringers at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch had a good year in 2005 – having started the year very short of members, with only five ringers, there are now eight ringers who perform regularly on Sundays plus five more under training.

Unfortunately, the group received the bad news that it will be necessary to spend £60,000 on essential restoration work to the bells and tower.

The beams supporting the bells must be strengthened and the bells themselves will have to be removed from the tower to be refurbished.

This will be the first time that the bells have been out of the tower since 1711 and the largest project since two extra bells were added in 1891.

An appeal has been launched to raise the money. Some local firms have already offered practical help and the ringers would be glad to hear from anyone else who could assist.

You can find more information about the bells at: http://www.alvechurchdata.co.uk/bells

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