Milton Lilbourne Bells Restoration Project wins National Lottery support

Milton Lilbourne PCC has now received £25,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to restore the bells and bell-frame of St Peter’s Church, in Milton Lilbourne, near Pewsey. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable these historic bells to be brought up to modern standards and to keep the bells of St Peter’s ringing tunefully and safely, commemorating significant events for the community for decades to come.

It is anticipated that works should commence within the next few months, and will take approximately 3 months to complete – and so during that time Milton’s bells will fall silent, as they will be taken to Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough for repair and tuning. There will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for local people to see the bells once they have been removed from the tower, and to follow their journey as they are tuned and brought back to Milton Lilbourne – more details will be publicised nearer the time.

The Milton Bells Restoration Project will enable those within the local community to learn about their quintessentially English heritage in the heart of Milton Lilbourne – whether by volunteering during the project, by seeing the bells when they are out of the bell tower, or by visiting the permanent display which will be created in St Peter’s about the bells/bell tower project. This project will also enable the Milton Lilbourne band of bell ringers to recruit and to retain the next generation of ringers by passing on their skills and enthusiasm for this ancient craft – and so both the bells and the art of bell ringing will have been preserved for posterity. In a rural community which no longer has a shop or a pub, bell ringing provides a means for people of all ages to engage in a sociable activity that involves gentle physical and mental exercise, teamwork and which is great fun! If you’d like to find out more or would like to get involved, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required, and you will also find more information, including photos and a sound archive on our website

Commenting on the award, Christopher Evans-Tipping, Chair of Milton Lilbourne PCC, said:

“We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players. This peal of bells has been lovingly cared for since 1789 and this project will result in them both sounding better than ever and being preserved for generations to come.”

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said:

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players vital restoration work and a new generation of ringers will ensure a bright future for Milton’s historic bells.”

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