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Conservation by Re-use

Helping churches acquire surplus and/or redundant bells to be hung for

English-style full-circle bell-ringing.

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Imber, Wiltshire, St Giles

On 30th August 2010 the bells rang out at Imber church for the first time in over 70 years. Imber village was evacuated during WW2 to be used as a military training ground. The five bells were removed, the old third bell transferred to Edington. The remaining bells were scrapped and the proceeds from the sale of metal used towards the costs of augmenting Edington to a ring of ten bells.

The church is now vested in the Churches Conservation Trust and an exciting scheme to re-instate bells in the original five-bell frame has come to fruition. It was decided to minimise the dynamic forces of moving bells by installing a lighter ring of bells. The original tenor weight was 8cwt 0 qtr 9lbs and the new tenor bell weighs just over 2.5cwt. It was planned to only install five bells but an acquisition by the Trust of a small Taylor bell from an antique shop in Kent earlier this year resulted in a ring of six being installed.