Some of you may already have heard the bells of St. Peter’s in Hedenham ringing following their renovation by Taylor Bells of Loughborough. If not why not come along to December Evensong on Sunday 6th December at 6pm (assuming we are allowed to by then!)
The bells were last rung in November 1991 when they were test rung to see whether the bell frames were robust enough to allow full circle ringing. They were not so they have been silent ever since.
In 2007 Hannah Morris began to organise fundraising events to raise money for their renovation but with ever-rising costs, it was going to take a long time to raise the necessary funds.
Then in late 2019 a very generous time-limited donation was offered by the trustees of the Saracen Trust. This was the catalyst for Hedenham Parochial Church Council (PCC) to look again at the bells restoration. They obtained a quotation from Taylor Bells for the repair, renovation and retuning of the bells and fitting of an electrical chiming system.
In February 2020 they took the decision to go ahead with the work and seek financial help from various charities.
Without the help and generous donation from the following charities the PCC would not have been able to carry out the work and the PCC’s grateful thanks is extended to the Trustees of:
- The Saracen Trust
- The Hedenham Townlands Trust
- All Churches Trust
- The Paul Bassham Trust
- The Sharpe Trust
- Norwich Association of Bell Ringers Bell Restoration Fund
The PCC are also extremely grateful to volunteers from the village who were able to help the Taylor Bells bellhanger carry out the work. This helped reduce the overall cost by some £3,000. So thank you Rachael Moralee, Penny Wilden, David Ledsham and John Connor.
So on 16th October the bells rang for the first time in nearly 30 years and were featured live on Radio Norfolk’s Breakfast show. The reaction in the village has been overwhelming positive and now there is a clock which on the hour a church bell rings out the time (but only from 9 am to 9 pm).
So why not come along on the 6th and listen to their wonderful sound.
Chris Tyacke on behalf of Hedenham PCC.