Delay over augmentation of church’s bells

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Villagers at Ab Kettleby will have to wait a little longer for their new church bells to be rung because wear and tear over 50 years has weakened the structure of the belltower.

Two brand new bells were cast in February and a third is being re-located from a church in Cornwall.

They were due to be hung by the end of this month but there is a problem removing the three bells which are due to be replaced at St James’ Church.

A piece of the bell frame needs to be taken away to make room for the bells to be removed but the effects of the weather on the spire over half-a-century has severely rusted it and made the job difficult.

Tower captain James Lowe said: “This work is being done on a voluntary basis and we have encountered this problem with the frame.

“It is probably now going to be mid to late August before we can ring the bells again.”

The three bells due to be removed have been dismantled so the peal of six has not been rung since the end of June.

Mr Lowe added: “Our bellringers have been practising at the churches in Willoughby and Thorpe Arnold. It’s good experience for them to ring in different churches.”