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Lincolnshire vicar to walk up Snowdon to raise money for village church bells

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: March 23, 2012

RESTORATION PROJECT: The walk forms part of a major fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 for the church bells restoration project.

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A VILLAGE vicar will be trekking up Snowdon to help get Billingborough church bells ringing again.

Billingborough St Andrew's Church vicar, the Rev Anna Sorenson, has already gained the support of three followers but is hoping more local people will join her on the walk up Snowdon.

The walk forms part of a major fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 for the church bells restoration project.

Repairs include installing eight timber wheels which act as the bells' back-bone.

Participant and spokesman Dave Manning, who owns Sparkles of Billingborough, said: "We have now dismantled these and have sent them to the Whitechapel bell foundry for repair.

"However it is now the situation that seven of the eight wheels are well beyond repair, so will now have to be fully replaced with new ones. The eighth is to be replaced. The cost of this is in the region of £10,000.

"Also the steel frame work which houses the bells has undergone works too. There has been bell ringing at St Andrew's for some 300 years. Hopefully they will be able to continue ringing for years to come."

The group is hoping to raise £5,000 towards the project.

Mr Manning, who will be leading the team, added: "Currently there are four of us but we would like to invite others to join us. We can accommodate 10 in total at this stage.

"We are looking forward to competing this walk, raising the much needed money and awaiting to appreciating this welsh beauty area.

"Whilst on our visit we may try to fit in some local site-seeing including a treat visit down into one of the many mountain mines."

Anyone interested in joining the team would be required to raise a minimum of £500.

For more information, sponsor form, or to make a donation call Mr Manning on 01529 240123 or email at mrspkles123@aol.com .

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  • SnowdonBreaks  |  March 23 2012, 11:15AM

    I would personally recommend the Llechwedd mine for an awesome insight into the lives of the slate miners and their surrounding communities-all the best in your venture!