Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Bramshott bell ringers poised to end two-and-a-half year strike

St Mary the Virgin, Bramshott Image copyright Google
Image caption Bells had been rung in the church every Sunday since 1784

Bell ringers at a Hampshire church have halted a two-and-a-half year boycott over early Sunday service times.

In June 2013, bells at St Mary's in Bramshott fell silent after plans were unveiled to bring forward services from 11:15 to 09:15.

Campanologists said that as the bells were pealed 30 minutes before the service, villagers would be disturbed.

A later service time of 09:30 has now been agreed, which means the bells will ring again, the church warden said.

The church posted a message on its website saying a special communion service would be held on 3 January to mark the return of the bell ringing team.

The bells in the village church were a gift from the widow of Boris Karloff, the actor best known for playing Frankenstein's monster.

He lived in the village until his death in 1969, aged 81.

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