Loughborough Echo

Bells ring out for town scouts as they scoop first prize in contest



A SCOUTS troop is celebratin­g after being crowned the winner of a competitio­n run by Loughborou­gh Bellfoundr­y Trust.

The 3rd Loughborou­gh Scout Troop won the Design a Bellfoundr­y contest, which saw schools and youth groups take part during lockdown.

It involved the groups getting a cardboard playhouse and creating their own bellfoundr­y, with much design and imaginatio­n going into the schemes.

The 3rd Loughborou­gh Scout Troop, which consisted of 10 children aged 10 to 14, entered a 5ft model of the bellfoundr­y complete with a belltower, sign and painted brickwork detail.

Windows revealed the bellfoundr­y.

The Scout group also submitted a video showing them creating their entry.

The competitio­n was run as part of the trust’s outreach programme, which aims to engage schools and community groups with the daily life the inside of of the historic bellfoundr­y. The judges said they were impressed with the creativity and collaborat­ive efforts shown by all the entrants.

After being closed or running restricted visits for over a year, the historic Victorian-era Loughborou­gh Bellfoundr­y Museum reopened to the public in July, having received funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Emergency Fund, with new activities and displays introduced for families.

Since the grade II*-listed bellfoundr­y began its operations in 1859, it has crafted, tuned and repaired thousands of bells for churches, cathedrals, ships and belltowers all over the world.

It is now the UK’s last remaining major bellfoundr­y.

The museum is owned and operated by the Loughborou­gh Bellfoundr­y Trust – a charitable incorporat­ed organisati­on set up to repair, protect and conserve the historic buildings so that the ancient art of bellfoundi­ng can continue.

Chrissie van Mierlo, museum director at the trust, said: “Following an exceptiona­lly difficult time for heritage venues over the past 18 months, we are thrilled to be able to continue engaging with communitie­s in the area as we strive to showcase the history and importance of the bellfoundr­y.

“The heritage that is entrenched within the wonderful buildings here must be preserved. The art of bellmaking is a fascinatin­g craft and one that we hope to bring to a wider audience.

“All the competitio­n received were fantastic.

“It was great to have so many youngsters from the community taking part in learning about the bellfoundr­y and producing their own ideas for the museum.

“The 3rd Loughborou­gh Scouts were very worthy winners. It was wonderful to see the time and effort put into their entry.”

To mark their win, the Scouts were invited to visit the bellfoundr­y and take part in the activities available.

These include brass rubbing, bell moulding and chiming the bells with a mallet, like the profession­al bellmakers in the foundry.

Heritage engagement officer Hayley Simons said: “The scouts told us they had such fun making their bellfoundr­y, so it was a double bonus to win the competitio­n.

“On arrival at the museum, they were treated to a full educationa­l tour of the bellfoundr­y and each one left with a smile on their face.” entries

 ?? ?? DING DONG!: The winning Scouts on their visit to Loughborou­gh Bellfoundr­y and, above, their winning entry
DING DONG!: The winning Scouts on their visit to Loughborou­gh Bellfoundr­y and, above, their winning entry
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