I have just seen an article on BBC Breakfast News about the bells in Ashwell Church in Hertfordshire being silenced due to complaints about the continuous ringing on the quarter hour all through the day.
Apparently they ring on the hour and chime the different quarter hours and have done so for the last one hundred and twenty years. They underwent some renovation and were silent for about two years, when they were re-installed some people complained about the noise and North Hertfordshire County Council issued a noise abatement order silencing the quarter hour chimes from 23h00-07h00 but allowing the hourly chime.
Thankfully a white knight has come to the rescue and has installed a muffling system to the bells thus reducing their tintinnabulation (love that word and have wanted to use it for sooooo long!!!!!) to a moderate level.
My question is this..... WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU BY A HOUSE NEAR TO A CHURCH IN A COUNTY VILLAGE AND THEN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BELLS?????
Would you by a house near a railway line and complain about the trains? Or what about an airport? Some people are beyond belief!!!