Row over church bells in North Somerset takes its toll
A COUPLE whose complaint silenced the church clock in a North Somerset village say they are "maintaining a dignified silence" over the matter.
A complaint made by Wrington residents Jonathan Apps and his partner Christina Hallett led to the chimes being disabled on the timepiece at nearby All Saints Church. They complained the chimes – which rang every 15 minutes around the clock – were disturbing them at night. Yesterday the Post revealed that North Somerset Council had served an abatement notice on the church's rector Nicholas Maddock, asking him to stop the clock bell chiming between 11pm and 7am.
Because the chimes are run on an automated system and cannot be turned off at night, church leaders had no choice but to silence them altogether.
Last night, Mr Apps said: "We are in touch with the church authorities and other than that we are maintaining a dignified silence."
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Church officials now have until May 11 to lodge an appeal against the notice at North Somerset Magistrates' Court.
John Ledbury, churchwarden at All Saints Church, said: "An appeal is to be lodged against the noise abatement notice.
"We have held discussions which have centred on the correct way of going about this."
We have been asked to make it clear that it was not the bell which was silenced but in fact the church clock chimes. At the time of our story, it had not been possible to turn off the chimes for specific hours but a few days later this was done so the clock now chimes during the day but not at night. The complainants say others had complained directly to the church before they did, and that they themselves raised the matter with the church before the council issued the abatement order. We are happy to clarify these points.