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For eight hundred years St Agatha’s church bells have marked services, weddings, funerals and national occasions. However, unless money can be found for a major restoration project they may soon ring no more.

The village has a long-standing tradition of bell-ringing and the current team of ringers under Tower Captain Roy Thorpe spans many ages, both male and female. However, £45,000 is urgently needed for a major repair and refurbishment programme. The bells have to be taken away for restoration and retuning, and their framework needs repair before they can be re-hung.

Fundraising chairman Tony Lascelles writes: “The bells are an important aspect of the village’s heritage; they would be a sad loss to our community. We will raise the funds through a combination of personal donations, local fundraising activities and grants”.

Events already planned for this year include an Open Garden and Plant Sale on 27 September, an Organ Recital in the church and a Safari Supper around the village on Saturday 17th October. This will be the third such supper held in BCS, and is a great chance to meet new people if you are new to the village (or even if you are not!) More details are available at the village stores, or by following this link files/safari_supper_flyer-_2015.doc

All donations to the bell appeal will be most gratefully accepted.  You can download a donation/sponsorship form here

For further information:

David Greasby 01491 836943

Tony Lascelles 01491 837910                                                     

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