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Last November, the bells were taken out of the tower to be fitted with new headstocks, wheels, and clappers. They were returned in April to be rehung in the newly installed steel frame.
Thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers, the Friends of St Peters and donations from villagers, the project will ensure the bells ring out for future generations.
The project has included community involvement from the local history group, scouts, and the village school.
The six bells were installed in the existing timber frame in 1758 by Joseph Mallows of Dereham and have been rung ever since then. They are the best surviving example of Joseph Mallows bells in the county. New fittings were last installed in 1912 and the project should see them lasting for the next 100 years.
The bells in the new frame are ‘easier’ to ring and this will encourage more people, especially younger ones, to take up this ancient skill.
Dawn Pullan, the ringing master said:
“We now look forward to regular ringing again and welcoming new ringers to ensure that the bells are heard throughout the village for many years to come. I would like to thank all those who have generously donated time and money to this worthwhile project”.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said:
“We are delighted that thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to support this project to ensure that these historic bells will be heard for the next 100 years. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to explore the ancient art of bell ringing, as well as for people to learn about the history of their local community”.
The bells will be rededicated by the Bishop of Norwich, Rt Rev Graham James at a special service on Sunday 7 May at 6.30pm in St Peter’s Church.