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Final News From the Bell Project

Done and Dusted!!!

At last we have the bells back in place and the tower cleaned and redecorated. At last the ringers can relax and return to ringing the bells instead of spending all their time cleaning, painting, bolting and hammering.
The ceiling in the ringing chamber has been refurbished and the rope hand-rail on the stairs has been installed. These were the final tasks of the project.

To celebrate the (very successful) end of the project we are going to hold another Tower Open Day so that you can come and see what we have achieved. The tower captain, Terry Davies, and all of the ringers would therefore like to invite you to visit the Tower on Saturday 19 July between 2pm and 5 pm. See the details in the advert in the magazine. Ann Harris and her team of helpers will provide teas in the church during the afternoon.

Before the open day we have asked the vicar to hold a short service in the ringing chamber for the ringers, to bless the bells and to mark the end of the project.

By now I hope you will have heard the bells and noticed the improvement in their sound - they are now much more in tune, a musical octave, and much sweeter in tone.

Closely connected with the project, but not part of it, we have installed a new flag-pole on the tower. The old one, a very heavy wooden pole, was rotten at the top and the pulley broke on Christmas morning. We have now replaced it with a glass fibre pole of the same height, with a golden ball on the top! The flag has been flown for Ascension Day, Pentecost and in future will be flown for important days in the calendar of the church and the town.

 

Peter Leigh
on behalf of the Tower Captain and all of the Bell Ringers