Appeal to re-hang Elm Church bells
Members of Elm Church are appealing for help in raising £36,000 to re-hang the village’s historic bells.
The church is looking to replace the 100-year-old mechanisms and allow the bells to peel once more.
Members have raised about £18,000 and are now appealing for help to reach the total.
Churchwarden Cynthia Brown said: “Our bells are very historic. Four of them were originally cast before the Civil War. But the ringing mechanisms are now over a hundred years old and have worn out.
“It was a great pity that we could not join in the recent VE Day anniversary but the centenary of the end of the First World War is a date we are aiming for.”
Treasurer Rupert Wilkes said each bell will need to be lowered from the tower to replace the mechanisms, which is estimated to cost £6,000 per bell.
He said: “We have raised enough money, in grants and donations, to repair three of the bells. But we really want to fix all six, so that they can be rung as a full peal once again.”
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