£100K needed for church tower

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Little Cornard hopes to raise £100,000 to restore the church tower and reinstate its bells.

As part of The Tony Moore Memorial Bell Fund, All Saints Church plans to restore the tower and at the same time put in the bells, which first called people to worship in 1399.

In the past 100 years the belfry has become derelict and must be restored.

Church members have been busily raising funds towards the restoration project.

As part of its fundraising the church held a concert with Nigel Tuffs playing a number of solo pieces, including a world premier of five preludes which he had written.

The plan is to restore the bells so that they can be first rung at 11am on Armistice Day, November 11, 2018.

One of the fundraisers Lesley Ford-Platt, said: “The need to raise money is urgent and all contributions will be most welcome.”

Almost £10,000 has been raised so far. Anyone who would like to contribute towards the restoration appeal is invited to send donations to Robert Mackman, at Cobnut Cottage, 4 Upper Road, Little Cornard, Sudbury, CO10 0NZ.

Cheques are payable to Little Cornard PCC, Bell Fund Account.

The next fundraising event will be at the church on June 16, at 7.30pm, when The Bat Conservation Society will be presenting a talk No bats in our belfry?, describing their habitat and lifestyle.

Following the talk, there will be refreshments and a bat count for anyone who is keen to get involved.

The event is free, but donations to the Bell Fund will be welcome.

More information can be obtained from Robert Mackman 01787 228077 or Brenda Pentney 01787 227615.