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AWE donates to Mortimer bell ringing band

AWE has donated £200 to the Mortimer Bell ringers who are fundraising to pay for the restoration of the 120 year old bells at St John’s, Church  Mortimer.

Originally installed in 1896, the six bells at St Johns require a new oak frame and need to be professionally turned to prevent the bells from cracking.  The repair work is going to cost £12,000 to ensure the bells are able to be rung for another 100 years. The bell ringing band is made up of 10 people from the local area and ring every Sunday to call the village to church, to ring for weddings and to celebrate national and local events including the Armistice in1918, the start of the London Olympics, VE Day, the release of John McCarthy and Terry Waite and more recently the birth of Prince George.

 Peter MacNaughtan, Joint Tower Captain for Mortimer Bell ringers comments:

“The Mortimer bell ringers are delighted with this generous donation from AWE, which contributes to our fundraising efforts in restoring the bells to their full glory.  There is still some way to go but we are confident we will reach our target of £12,000 with help from  local businesses and the community.”

 Michele Maidment, Community Committee Secretary:

 "AWE is committed to being a good neighbour and working with the local community. We are pleased to contribute to the restoration project to enable the tradition of the bell ringing to continue. This is such a worthwhile project and an important piece of local history for many in our community"

 

  For further information contact Linsey White on Media@AWE.co.uk 0118 954289

 

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