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£7,000 to restore Chesham's town bell
PLANS to restore Chesham's historic town bell to the clock tower would cost £7,000, it was revealed this week.
The 17th century bell used to take pride of place in the old town hall before it was demolished in 1965.
Since then the bell has been in possession of the Chesham Museum, with members hoping it could be re-hung in the new clock tower.
Members of the town council agreed on Monday to support the principle of the project, although concerns were raised about how to fund the scheme.
Cllr Chris Spruytenburg, who is also chairman of the museum, said: "It's an important part in the town's history. We would play a part in restoring the bell to what is, in effect, its real home."
Cllr Fred Wilson added: "At the moment it's a dead clock tower. It can become a living clock tower again and this should be seen as part of that.
"We should not only support it enthusiastically, but also talk with [campaign group] Better Chesham about how it could fit in with the redevelopment of Chesham."
If the bell is eventually re-hung it is likely to ring on the hour between 8am and 8pm each day.
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