Let the bells ring out! The King’s Lynn Festival is celebrating the return of the bells to Lynn’s St Nicholas’ Chapel with a concert by The Fairey Band on Saturday (October 17) at 6.30pm.
A special fanfare has been commissioned from Tim Watts entitled 22 Angels. His inspiration has been taken from the 22 angels in the chapel roof, many of which hold musical instruments.
This will be preceded by a celebratory quarter peal by ringers from across the diocese led by Emma Southerington and including Graham Clifton, from White’s of Appleton, who restored the bells.
Since the bells returned in August, new wheels and clappers have been fitted and the bells are now ready to ring out!
It is now two years since the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel discovered that the bells were in a poor state and would soon be silent for good. Over the next 18 months the Friends amassed over £22,000 in grants and fundraising.
It was a race against time to get the bells back before the chapel re-opened in September.
The return of the bells has been made possible by National Lottery players, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Heather Bolt, of the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel, said: “In March this year, to our delight and gratitude, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a generous grant of £24,000 which enabled the restoration of the bells to go ahead and included £6,000 towards community projects. Without the help of the HLF, the bells would still be languishing in a warehouse in Oxfordshire.”
Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “We’re delighted to see the return of St Nicholas’ Chapel’s bells which was made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.
“The project’s activities have also ensured that the local community, which has shown much passion and support for the restoration of the bells, can benefit from this wonderful part of their heritage for years to come.”
Tickets have been selling very well and earlier this week only a handful remained; to check for availability call True’s Yard Museum on 01553 770479.