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Bells will be ringing out again soon at Norfolk church

PUBLISHED: 15:57 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:57 24 April 2019

The bells will soon be ringing out again at All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The bells will soon be ringing out again at All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The bells at a north Norfolk church will be ringing out again soon, thanks to a successful fundraising project.

Sue Morton with a clapper, from a different church, and the actual handbells and pulley blocks and other random items for sale. Picture: Supplied by Sue MortonSue Morton with a clapper, from a different church, and the actual handbells and pulley blocks and other random items for sale. Picture: Supplied by Sue Morton

The £75,000 scheme to re-hang the derelict six bells in the tower of All Saints Church in Upper Sheringham was launched last year.

This will enable traditional English full circle bell-ringing to take place once again. The bells have not been rung like this since the 1930s.

Appeal coordinator Sue Morton said: “The appeal is progressing so well that, if all goes to plan, we will be ringing the bells in time for Remembrance this year, and certainly by Christmas.

“We still need to raise the last bit of the money – please do consider helping us with this last push – what better legacy than to be able to say, 'I helped those bells ring out again'.

All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham interior. Pictures: Supplied by Sue MortonAll Saints Church, Upper Sheringham interior. Pictures: Supplied by Sue Morton

“We are already training new bellringers at nearby St Andrew's in Holt who will also help with ringing the bells at All Saints Upper Sheringham – but we are always keen to teach new people, so if you ever fancied trying your hand at this ancient art get in touch.”

The bells will be removed from the 900-year-old 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.

Fixtures and fittings are now being dismnatled and the church has a few items to sell as mementoes of the project including clappers, chiming hammers, pulley blocks and an odd selection of handbells in varying conditions.

The appeal has been accepted in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its stores in Sheringham and Mundesley throughout May and June, so shoppers can vote for the charity by using the blue token handed out at the till.

If you can help the appeal, send your donation to Sue Morton, 4 Linden Grove, Sheringham, NR26 8PD. Cheques payable to Upper Sheringham PCC. Or donate on-line at www.gofundme.com/upper-sheringham-bell-appeal.

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