Welcome to Ledbury Bells
St Michael & All Angels Church has just completed an exciting project to make sure that our bells will continue to ring out for many years to come, calling people to worship and ringing for local and national events in joyful celebration and in times of sorrow. Work had just begun in late March 2020 (you can see some news about that here) but was then suspended due to the Coronavirus lockdown. We are delighted to be able to announce that, under strictly controlled Covid-regulation-compliant conditions, building and bell restoration have now been brought to a very satisfactory conclusion. There are pictures and more details here as well as in the bulletin
As far as funding is concerned, we have now raised close to £285,000 (including a generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund). Costs have risen in some key areas as we have encountered one or two additional challenges. We therefore continue to seek support which will ensure the fulfilment of all our plans for the educational work. Further details of specific opportunities for sponsorship are here, and ways of giving on our donation page here.
As part of this project we have seen conservation and restoration of 6 of the 8 existing bells and their fittings, replacing the two newest bells that don’t match the rest and adding two new lighter bells.
A training bell, simulator and CCTV have all been installed, which will make it much easier for us to teach people of all ages to participate in this hugely rewarding, social activity that is good for your physical and mental health. There is more work to be done on the educational side of this project, for which some funding is still required.
Engaging local people in learning about their cultural heritage is an integral part of our project which will include a programme of activities and the creation of a display area on the ground floor of the tower to help us explain this quintessentially English tradition that dates back to before the Norman Conquest. You can see the response of some of our younger visitors to the tower in this video, made with support from Joined Up Heritage Ledbury.