Chester Cathedral has been awarded a grant of £197 from the Bell Restoration Fund towards work in the ringing room to help improve the ringing experience.

It was an unusual application, as it was for sound-absorbent curtains in the ringing room of the Addleshaw tower.  Anyone who has rung there will be aware of the distorted sound of the bells in the tower, making it difficult to strike the bells well and produce good ringing for the city to listen to.  These curtains have absorbed the majority of that echo, and made the bells much better and easier to ring well, and will hopefully help the reinvigoration of the Cathedral tower as a centre for 12-bell expertise in the Guild.