Bottisham villagers, who have raised more than £9,000 to help get their church bells repaired, got the chance to see them up close before they were taken away for refurbishment.
As well as the funds raised by the villagers, Bottisham’s Holy Trinity Church has received a £48,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £10,000 from the Ely Diocesan Association of Bell Ringers towards the cost of the work.
The church plans to refurbish and the re-hang all six of the tower’s bells which have become increasingly difficult to ring because of their poor state of repair. Five of the six bells were cast before 1640, but the one of particular historic significance was cast in Cambridge in about 1590 and is a rare survivor of the Nicholson foundry. Church warden Dr Mike Young said the bells were last re-hung in 1929 and said the frame must have been constructed around them as removing the bells had necessitated a month of extensive building work. The refurbishment is likely to take around three months with the bells back in place by the end of the summer.