Mini matchstick model could make money for Bell Tower appeal

Mini matchstick model could make money for Bell Tower appeal

Kevin Hughes handing the model his late father Edward made over to committee chairman, Sue Ablett.

A photo of the late Edward Hughes, who designed the match stick model of the Bell Tower.

First published in News

TO build a Bell Tower out of match sticks is no mean feat but it was successfully done by an Evesham man some 44 years ago.

Now after reading about the appeal to secure the future of the iconic building the son of the model maker is donating the structure to be auctioned off to help raise some much needed funds.

Kevin Hughes, of Victoria Avenue, Evesham, said his father Edward Hughes, made the model when he was about 13.

"He did lots of wood work, he was always a bit of a carpenter," said the 57-year-old chef. "But this was the biggest model he ever made.

"I think he chose the Bell Tower because it was a focal point in Evesham."

Mr Hughes said he was also glad people could see his father's work.

"I remember my dad disappearing to his workshop every evening. When I saw the appeal I thought I have this structure and it will give my dad some profile."

Mr Hughes is also planning on baking a cake, also to be auctioned off.

Sue Ablett, chairman of the committee, said: "It's incredibly kind of Kevin to donate something that obviously means so much to him because of the work that his father put in, and the memories associated with it."

In total the Bell Tower appeal needs to raise £500,000 to repair and conserve the tower, built in 1531 by Abbot Clement Lichfield.

There is a range of other events coming up to support the appeal, including a live and local concert featuring hanna*h at All Saints Church at 8pm on Friday, March 28.

Local performers Dean Bayliss, Qualia Acoustix Emma Oakley-Hall and Thom Parry and hanna*h* form the line-up for the event, branded live and local by the committee.

Dr Ablett added: "The Bell Tower is part of our heritage and we hope by involving all members of our community, young and old, we can raise awareness of its importance in our town."

Tickets for this event are available from Almonry Museum, Abbey Appliances, Moo Moo's Cafe & Bar and the church office and cost £8 or £5 for under 16s.

On Friday, May 30, a concert featuring the Avonbank Brass Band and Cheltenham Scottish Pipe Band will be held at the Arts Centre from 7.30pm costing £15. Tickets for this event can be bought at the Arts Centre and the Almonry Museum.

Anyone that can help the appeal should visit eveshambelltower.org.uk or contact Dr Ablett on sueablett1@btinternet.com, or 07871285606.

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