Dorset church bells refurbished after community funding
THE bells at a church near Sherborne are being refurbished for the first time in around a century after the community raised £30,000.
The six church bells in the tower of St Mary Magdalene in Thornford were taken down this week for major repairs to be carried out.
No work has been carried out on the bells since 1906, except for the replacement of one in 1936.
Work began on Monday to remove them from the tower and transport them to Loughborough for specialist repairs to be carried out. The work has been made possible by the fundraising efforts of the bell ringers and their captain, Nina Herbert.
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They have raised more than £30,000 over the last two years by organising open garden events and getting involved in village fetes.
Trevor Rogers, one of the bellringers, explained: “We had one bell added in 1936 but, prior to that, there have been no changes to the bells since 1906.
“The community has very much got behind us and we’ve had quite a lot of local support.
“Nina has put a lot of hard work into sourcing this money.”
Ms Herbert has also worked to obtain a number of grants to help raise the necessary funds.
The work is being carried out by Taylor's of Loughborough.
St Mary Magdalene is a grade two listed building that is believed to have first been built in the 14th century. It was greatly extended and restored in 1866.