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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ashwell silences 'sleep disturbing' St Mary's church chimes

December 2013 

St Mary's Church, Ashwell

A Hertfordshire village's parish council has agreed to turn off a church's chimes at night to settle a row over sleep disturbance.

Complaints about the bells of St Mary's in Ashwell chiming every 15 minutes were investigated by North Herts District Council (NHDC).

It decided they were "prejudicial to health".

Save the Bells campaigners said the majority of villagers wanted to keep the chimes sounding.

None of the complainants could be reached for comment.

The St Mary's bells, which chime through its clock mechanism, have been ringing since about 1896 but stopped for 18 months while repairs were carried out. (...)

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