Dorset

Poole church bells to ring in time for 2012 Olympics

Canford Magna Parish Church
Image caption The east end of the church is Norman and dates back to the 11th Century

The bells of a Grade I listed church in Dorset will ring in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, the bell ringers have said.

A £24,370 grant from SITA Trust will pay for "much needed" repairs to six bells at Canford Magna Parish Church, Poole.

Five of the bells date back to 1739, and the sixth was added in 1897 for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The east end of the church is Norman and dates back to the 11th Century.

A spokesperson for the church bell ringers said: "In recent years they have become increasingly difficult to ring.

"It is hoped that an improvement will attract new ringers to the tower so that the bells of Canford Magna continue to ring out for services, weddings and national celebrations for many more years."

Repairs to the bells will begin on 10 January in Abingdon, Oxford.

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