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Published on July 14th, 2014 | by Bill Dargue


Castle Bromwich Bell Tower Tops the Lot!

It’s just over a year since the trustees of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project began to make a concerted effort to encourage visitors to the church tower. The aim: to raise the awareness of local people to the plight of the bells in the hope that they might financially support the restoration project.

CB bells visitors 2103While the bellringers have being showing visitors up the tower over some 30 years, it is reckoned that since the Garden Fete of 2013 over 500 people have climbed the 99 steps to the top of the tower – and most have had a go at ringing the bells. This makes Castle Bromwich tower easily the most visited in the diocese.

Since ITV Central news reporter Victoria Davies came up to the ringing chamber at last year’s Fete, the church tower has welcomed visitors on a number of open days and the ringers have arranged visits for half a dozen groups from local uniformed organisations, beavers, cubs, brownies, etc. And there are three more groups already booked to visit in September.

For more information visit the bellringers’ website –; we post on facebook groups – Castle Bromwich and St Mary & St Margaret Church & Community Hall, and on Twitter @CastleBromBells and on Google+ Castle Bromwich Bells.

About the Author

Bill Dargue has been ringing the bells of St Mary & St Margaret's church in Castle Bromwich for over 30 years. He's one of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project trustees (Registered Charity 1155131) aiming to celebrate the tercentenary of the bell installation by setting the bells in good order for the next 300 years.

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