Bid to save Langley Fitzurse primary school bell tower

Bell tower
Image caption Pupils at the school were allowed to ring the bell on their birthday

Villagers have come together in a bid to save a 157-year-old bell tower at a Wiltshire school.

The structure, at Langley Fitzurse primary, in Kington Langley near Chippenham, is facing demolition after falling into disrepair.

An auction will be held later in a bid to raise £8,000 for repairs.

Tora Edmonds, from the school's PTA, said villagers had fond memories of the bell calling children to school and pupils ringing it on their birthdays.

"It's a lovely memory for the villagers and we want that for our own children," she said.

Mrs Edmonds, who runs Chippenham Auction Rooms, said: "The bell tower itself has been in disrepair for a number of years - the bell is fine - and we've been advised by the council that it needs to be demolished.

"It dates back to when the school was built in 1856.

"At the moment we're collating a number of quotes to see how much we need to raise, but we know it will be in the thousands.

"There's a lot of elderly villagers who remember ringing the bell on their birthday. It was a tradition. And the bell called children to school in the mornings.

"It's just something we think is a piece of our villagers' history and we would like to hold on to that really."

The auction will be held at the village hall at 20:00 GMT.

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