Gorran Church Bells Ring Out Again

gorran church bell liftThanks to a generous grant of £34,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), St Goran PCC have preserved the church’s existing Georgian bells in their wooden frame and installed a refurbished set of eight Victorian bells brought to Cornwall from Kent.

The local community has worked hard over the past 5 years to raise funds to preserve the existing bells and frame. However, before repairs could be carried out a fine ring of 8 bells was offered free of charge to St Goran, from the redundant church of St Mary in Chatham, Kent.

Bob Thornton, leader of the project for PCC told Roseland Online“We were absolutely delighted to receive this generous award from HLF which, together with support from SITA (Cornwall) Trust Ltd., Garfield Weston Trust, our Parish Council and of course local people and our visitors, has enabled us to bring the project to a successful conclusion and take traditional Cornish bell ringing forward at the same time as bringing history to life. The whole community can be proud of their achievement and we look forward welcoming as many people as possible to the Dedication on 26th February to help us celebrate success”

Work completed on 16th January after 5 weeks of heavy work over the Christmas period and the eight bells give a rich, musical and majestic sound, much admired by all who have heard them.

These bells will be dedicated by the Bishop of St Germans at a special service to be held at 6pm on Thursday 26th February in St Goran Church. The Service of Dedication will be attended by representatives of the many organisations and of course, the individuals who have enabled this exciting project to succeed. NoteAbility, a local choir, will perform “The Bells of St Goran”, a piece written especially for the occasion by their Musical Director Matt Douglas.

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