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Bramford bells to make a comeback

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:53 02 March 2010

IT'S that chime again!

More than two years after a Suffolk village last heard its church bells ringing, the familiar ding, dong sound is today set to make a return.

IT'S that chime again!

More than two years after a Suffolk village last heard its church bells ringing, the familiar ding, dong sound is today set to make a return.

St Mary's Church, Bramford, is preparing for its first bell ringing session since 2003.

The tradition was stopped while the church's buttresses were repaired so vibration did not cause more damage.

But while the church is welcoming the return of the bells, it is expected some villagers will not enjoy the disruption to their peace and quiet.

Rose Godfrey, one of the ringing team, said: "We know some people won't be pleased but I think it's nice.

"I was brought up with it and like it and the majority of people are kind to us.

"We will practise once a week and ring at the Sunday morning service.

"Then we get visitors come to the area and ask to ring them. They are not our bells, we are just custodians of them."

While the Bramford bells have been out of action the team have been keeping in practice with the Sproughton bell ringers.

Building work to the church tower was finished last year but it has been left to allow it to dry out fully.

It is the second time the church, at Church Green, has had cause to celebrate this year. It was awarded a £149,000 lottery grant in April to contribute to the cost to reclad the ancient spire.

Canon Roger Dedman said: "The ringing of the bells has been missed for calling us to Sunday and midweek worship, celebrating weddings and the practice night.

"At times we've heard Sproughton's in the distance which only served to underline that ours were not ringing."

Are you pleased bell ringing is making a return to Bramford? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk


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