New church bells are dedicated at service
New church bells at Horringer church were dedicated and blessed at a special service at the weekend.
The eight new bells at St Leonard’s Church are the culmination of four years of fund-raising and were dedicated at an Evensong service by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Right Rev Martin Seeley.
Around 150 people attended the service on Sunday including Jo Churchill MP and St Edmundsbury Deputy Mayor, Cllr Terry Clements.
“It was a wonderful service with the congregation giving prayers and thanks,” said Brian Thaxter, who project managed the bell project.
“The eight new bells signify a coming together for the community and bring with them a great sense of shared ownership.”
The project began in 2012 when two bells cracked and it was decided on closer inspection a whole new frame and set of bells were needed.
Villagers managed to raise half of the £140,000 needed, with a Heritage Lottery grant covering the rest.
The old bells were melted down and recast and are the first new installation of eight bells in the county for 90 years.
A booklet examining the relationship between the Hervey family of Ickworth and St Leonard’s Church was also launched at the service.