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New life for disused church bells

St John's, Hanley
St John's has been empty for 20 years

Bells inside a former church which is to be transformed into a restaurant are being moved to another church.

The grade II* listed St John's church, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, has been sold to a consortium, Church Converts, by the Diocese of Lichfield.

The ring of 10 bells, which have been silent for 20 years, are to be moved to St Michael and St Wulfad's church at Stone, near Stafford.

Revd Ian Cardinal, Rector of Stone with Aston, said he was thrilled.

"I am thrilled to know that this wonderful ring of bells will peal once again and I look forward to hearing them call the people to celebrate the completion of the project in a few years time," he said.

St Michael and St Wulfad's church needs to secure £25,000 to fund the re-hanging of the bells, some of which were part of a war memorial to Hanley parishioners, in their tower.

The Lichfield Diocese now needs to get legal permission from the churches Consistory Court to install the bells at Stone and to get listed building consent from Stoke-on-Trent City Council to remove them from Hanley.

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