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Spalding church bells ring after a decade of being silent thanks to volunteers




Church bells which have been silent for more than a decade can now ring out thanks to the hardwork of three volunteers.

Bellringers John Bennett, Tony Walker and Luke Tobin have spent around 250 hours making repairs in the belfry at St Paul’s Church in Fulney.

A report by bellfounders John Taylor and Co in 2010 found that St Paul’s bells could not be safely rung due to bird nesting and loose bolts.

John Bennett, Tony Walker, Luke Tobin have repaired the bells at St Paul's Church, Spalding (42887900)
John Bennett, Tony Walker, Luke Tobin have repaired the bells at St Paul's Church, Spalding (42887900)

But earlier this month, the firm returned to the Spalding church to reinspect the bells, which can now be safely rung provided a number of recommendations are gradually put in place.

Mr Tobin (29), of Holbeach, said the trio are now hoping to raise £4,000 to make the further repairs to ensure that the bells are ringing for years to come.

He said: “We have been ringing the bells for a number of services and I think people within the church are delighted to be able to hear them ringing again.

John Bennett, Tony Walker, Luke Tobin have repaired the bells at St Paul's Church, Spalding (42887971)
John Bennett, Tony Walker, Luke Tobin have repaired the bells at St Paul's Church, Spalding (42887971)

“We have had nothing but good feedback and it has been nice to have a couple of little rings.”

Usually the trio would be out bellringing most evenings in churches across the area but this hasn’t been possible due to restrictions.

So they decided to use this time to make a difference to the community and repair the silent bells at St Paul’s.

Mr Tobin said: “When we first went up there to look, I would say there was 2ft of twigs and leaves on the floor and near the bells.”

They undertook a number of other maintenance jobs which impressed John Taylor and Co.

The report states: “We are very pleased to see that the conditions in the tower have now been greatly improved and that all bird nests have been cleared.

“It was noted that all of the bells are now well secured to their headstocks, and that the bell bolts have been carefully tightened up.

“We very highly commend the works that have been carried out so far to bring the bells back into use and congratulate those who have spent many hours in the belfry to achieve this.”

They have put forward a number of recommendations to improve the bellfittings and frame, which date from 1889.

These include replacing the roller wheels.



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