Appeal for church bells is launched

St. Mary's Church Westham nr. Eastbourne August 28th 2012 E35074N_corrected ENGSUS00120120828164643

St. Mary's Church Westham nr. Eastbourne August 28th 2012 E35074N_corrected ENGSUS00120120828164643

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A village church has launched an urgent appeal to help keep its bells ringing.

St Mary’s Church in Westham needs to raise £15,000 to renew the bell frame and renovate the six bells in its tower. Residents are being asked to sponsor the bell frame at £5 an inch, or make a donation.

There will be a fundraising Bells and Poppies Festival from Friday November 7 to Sunday November 9 at the church, from 10am to 4pm. The event promises fun for all the family, a raffle, exhibitions, decorate a bell, learn about the village’s history during World War One, dress up in 1914 costumes and learn more about bellringing.

Donations and sponsorship money for the bells can be left at Vines Flowers, Westham Post Office, Spencer’s hairdressers, the Heron pub or in the chest at the back of the church.