Coastal talk shores up £300 for Combe Raleigh bell project

PUBLISHED: 18:30 03 April 2015

Trevor Hitchcock and Mark Moran with the Coombe Raleigh St Nicholas church bells. Ref mhh 5037-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Trevor Hitchcock and Mark Moran with the Coombe Raleigh St Nicholas church bells. Ref mhh 5037-03-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The latest fundraising event for Combe Raleigh Bell Project took place through an informative and entertaining talk about the Jurassic Coast and its hinterland.

The latest fundraising event for Combe Raleigh Bell Project took place through an informative and entertaining talk about the Jurassic Coast and its hinterland.

The presentation was held by Tony Burges, who took the audience through the coast’s geological processes and the impact it had on its flora.

Bell-ringer Trevor Hitchcock said: “Starting at Orcombe Point, near Exmouth, we followed the whole length of the coast to Old Harry Rocks, near Poole.

“For over an hour, the audience was enthralled as Tony explained the geology along the way and the effects this has had on the flora and the way of life of the people here, throughout the ages.

“At each stage of our journey, we were treated to snippets of information about characters from the past.

“We heard about Roman and prehistoric times and the legacy they left us. From before the time of man we saw ammonites, fossil forests, dinosaurs and the remains of even earlier life forms.

“After a break for a pasty and a pint, and for Tony to take breath, he continued to entertain us with extraordinary pictures of oddities from across the county, such as green men, trees like birds and, most surprising of all, a pixie in Combe Wood sitting on a mushroom.”

In all, the evening raised £300 for the bell fund, which aims to generate £75,000 through various fundraisers, for three new bells to be installed at St Nicholas’ Church in Combe Raleigh.

The project has been active for the last two years and seen thousands of pounds raised.

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