Lottery chimes in with bell cash

David Ward, St Nicholas' Church's tower captain, in the bell tower
David Ward, St Nicholas' Church's tower captain, in the bell tower
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Work to restore the bells of St Nicholas’ Church, Rattlesden, starts next month thanks to a £33,400 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The church’s tower captain David Ward said: “We have worked hard to raise the money for this project since 2003, and having raised over £23,000 through local fundraising plus £6,500 in grants, we are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to fund this project fully.

“I am confident that the project will result in a fine set of bells of which the church and community can be proud.”

The major work will be carried out by John Taylor & Company of Loughborough, who will be assisted by village volunteers.

As well as the restoration, which will provide the opportunity for volunteers to learn basic engineering and woodworking skills, the year-long project will also focus on working with Rattlesden Primary School and organisations to make people aware of bells and bellringing and their place in the cultural heritage.

It is hoped up to fifty volunteers will be involved.