Church needs help

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 September 2012

View of St Martin's Church, Worle.

View of St Martin's Church, Worle.

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A WORLE church needs to raise nearly £35,000 to maintain a piece of its history.

St Martin’s Church will be sending its six bells off for re-tuning in January and there will also be work done to the tower at the Church Road site.

So far the fund-raising has reached £17,519, so there is some way to go.

The oldest of the St Martin’s bells dates back to 1683 and the last time any of them were re-tuned was 1908.

They have rung across the centuries around the village, calling people to Sunday worship, weddings and other celebrations.

The bells will be transported to a bell foundry in London in January and Nicholas Engineering, a company of bell hangers and iron smiths, will refurbish the tower in the meantime.

The bells will be dismantled early in the new year over three days and will be returned and re-installed in early March, 2013.

It will take up to a week to put them back, in time for Easter services.

● As part of the church’s latest set of fund-raising events, a harvest gala concert will be held there at 7.30pm on September 29.

Worle Wind Band will present a concert of light classical, swing and music from the shows, conducted by Julia Ratcliffe.

Admission will be £8, to include a buffet supper with either wine or juice.

Tickets are available from the church or the parish office on 01934 515922.

All proceeds will go to the church bells project for the work in January.

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