Church Bells re-dedicated at All Saints' Dummer
29 May 2011
Pearl Kent & Michael King-Hill (Churchwardens) Angela Peel (Reader)GY Rt Rev Peter Hancock Amanda & David Leeks  Rev David Chattell and  Rev Geoff Armstead
Pearl Kent & Michael King-Hill (Churchwardens) Angela Peel (Reader)GY Rt Rev Peter Hancock Amanda & David Leeks Rev David Chattell and Rev Geoff Armstead
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The Bishop of Basingstoke, the Rt Rev Peter Hancock, dedicated the restored bells at All Saints Church, during a short service.

Stafford Napier, Chairman of the Bell Restoration Group, thanked all those who had helped raise all the funds for the restoration of the bells, including Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Historic Churches Trust.

Over £15,000 was raised locally, £1,200 coming from a talk by Lady Young about her father, and a further £600 raised through an Open Gardens event in the village.

The work on the bells started in November last year, and they were reinstalled on April 6th.

Attending the service was the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke & Deane, David and Amanda Leeks, and the Earl and Countess of Portsmouth.

The restoration took place exactly 100 years after the last major work was carried out on the bells in 1911, and the oldest bell in the church was cast in 1499.

After the service, there was an informal drinks party in the Old Rectory, courtesy of Ken and Janette Davis.
 
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