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Bid to raise £4k for repairs to church bells in Lincolnshire village

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: November 29, 2011

RESTORATION PROJECT: St Andrew's Church in Billingborough needs to replace and make safe the timber that supports the bells. To do make this possible volunteers who fundraise for the church are hosting a party night on December 3.

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FUNDRAISERS are trying to raise £4,000 so that villagers can hear the chime of the church bells again.

Restoration work is needed to replace and make safe the timber that supports the bells on St Andrew's Church in Billingborough.

And to help raise some of this much needed money, fundraisers have organised a party night with Sparkles Disco on Saturday, December 3 in Billingborough Village Hall from 7.30pm.

Spokesman David Manning said: "I hope to raise around £1,000 from this event. I am also hoping to organise a charity car wash in the spring.

"The cost of the works is estimated at £9,000. Various fundraising and grants has helped us reach £5,000 with the further £4,000 still needed. Currently the bells cannot be rung due to safety reasons.

"Recent work to the church has included repairs to some of the stained glass which was broken by vandals. new grills to protect some of the windows from future vandalism, a new kitchen area, a new oil tank is to be installed before winter and works to smarten up the car park areas has taken place. There is also the possibility of installing CCTV sometime in the future."

Billingborough Church dates back to 1251. In 1717, five bells were installed in the tower by Henry Penn of Peterborough. These were re-hung in a new wooden frame in 1846.

In 1914, by means of public demand the bells were re-hung with a new treble in a new steel frame by John Taylor and Co of Loughborough. The fifth was re-cast in 1917.

The church is open for visitors Monday to Friday. There is a charity shop run from the vicarage garage which donates profits to the church and other charities. This is open also from Monday to Friday.

The church is run by the Parish Church Council, a group of volunteers.

Tickets for the party night, £10 for adults, under 12s £6, are available by calling David Manning on 01529 240123.

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