Thousands needed to keep church bells ringing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2014

The bells being removed from St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).

The bells being removed from St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).

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THE bells of a 600-year-old church will not ring again, unless £30,000 can be found to repair them.

St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).

Work to fix the tower of the 15th century St Congar’s Church in Badgworth is underway – but more money has to be found to repair the historically-important bells which date from before the reformation of 1517.

In April 2011, experts found the tower was structurally unsafe and wardens and parishioners were told it would take around £150,000 to save it.

They were warned that if the work was not carried out then the church may be forced to close.

Thanks to £20,000 of donations from around the village and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work has now begun to repair the tower, which is expected to reopen on October 5.

The bells being removed from St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).The bells being removed from St Congar's Church (picture by Lorraine Lovell).

However, five bells – of which two date back to before the reformation – are currently in storage and in need of repair.

Bev Hearn, who is on the fundraising committee for the church, said: “The bells are part of our heritage.

“If we are not able to get 
the money, they will not ring again.

“And the longer the bells are out after the project is finished, the more expensive it will become as we have to pay for them to be stored.

“There are only 70 houses here so we really need help from outside the village.

“We’re hoping to have support from individuals and groups or any offers of help. We are pretty desperate for as much help as we can get.”

If you would like to help with fundraising, contact Bev Hearn on 01934 732041.

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