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New bells dedicated at Little Cornard church

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 December 2018

(L-R) Gerald Bird, John Taylor, Jeremy Apter, Robet Mackman.

Engraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project.

October 2018.

Byline: Rachel Edge

(L-R) Gerald Bird, John Taylor, Jeremy Apter, Robet Mackman. Engraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project. October 2018. Byline: Rachel Edge

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The bells are ringing out again for the first time in 200 years at Little Cornard church near Sudbury.

Engraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project.

October 2018.

Byline: Rachel EdgeEngraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project. October 2018. Byline: Rachel Edge

The church bells, which had not been rung full circle in living memory, sounded for the first time on Armistice Day at All Saints Church after a four year restoration campaign to raise £130,000.

A service of dedication was held on Saturday Dece,ber 1, which was led by the Rt Rev Dr Mike Harrison Bishop of Dunwich, and around 100 people attended.

Robert Mackman, vice-chairman of the bells committee, said: “The bishop led a wonderful service, which was very well attended.

“We had an open ringing and bells ringers from all over the country came to sound the restored bells.

Engraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project.

October 2018.

Byline: Rachel EdgeEngraved bells being installed in Little Cornard after restoration project. October 2018. Byline: Rachel Edge

“We said we wanted to get the bells restored and ringing for the 2018 Remembrance and we’ve been able to do that.

“It’s great that the bells are now up and running.”

The project involved the restoration of the five ancient bells – with the oldest dating from 1399 and the youngest from 1712 – as well as adding a new sixth treble bell.

Lesley Ford-Platt, a former mayor of Sudbury and fundraising secretary of the bells committee, purchased the new sixth bell – which is dedicated in memory of her son Michael Ford, who died in 2010, aged 30.

Reverend Steven Morely, vicar at the church, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that the bells are ringing again at Little Cornard after getting on for 200 years of silence.

“It’s been a wonderful effort by all involved in terms of raising the money and doing the repairs.”

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