After many years of searching, a new home has finally been found for the bells of the Victoria Tower in Chatham.
Over the years the former church has fallen out of use completely and as a result has been a target for vandalism, hence the decision to try and find a new home for the bells where they would be safer and rung more regularly.
All of the relevant faculties and approvals have been gained, and work to remove the bells (via Taylor’s of Loughborough) will commence on Saturday 16th November. From there, they will be taken to the foundry where they will be rehung in all-new fittings and a new frame in the tower at Gorran in Cornwall.
On Saturday 2nd November from 10am to 2pm, the Victoria Tower will be open for final general ringing before the removal work commences. All are welcome, but only KCACR members or those who can provide proof they are covered by Accident & Public Liability insurance can ring. Also please ensure you bring a torch as the staircase is in darkness due to there being no electricity in the building. A donation of £1 per ringer is kindly requested.