Many of you will know about this ongoing project, but as a reminder, an outline of it objectives were as follows:
Installation of a new set of 8 change ringing bells cast at the bell foundry of John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. We feel that it was always intended that the tower should have change ringing bells and this is an opportunity to complete what was intended when the Church was built.
The repair, by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, of a set of 16 Victorian handbells previously owned by Great War Veteran and Bell Ringer, Charles T Coles which have been donated by his Grandson, John Coles for use of both local and visiting ringers.
The renovation of the proposed ringing room with fine oak panelling and fitting to provide a space of beauty and purpose.
The installation of a comprehensive sound control system which will preserve the tranquillity of the Church as a place of Remembrance when the bells are used for practice or for longer periods of ringing but will allow the bells to heard in their full glory when ringing for services or significant events.
The fundraising was a resounding success and all on track for completion by the end of the year. The next significant event being planned is the transportation of the bells on two lorries from England to St George's via Tyne Cot Memorial,and the Menin Gate. This will take place on 30/31st August and will cumulate in a dedication service in the church. More details to follow soon.
See some photos of the bell casting at Taylors in Loughborough
The two lorries that will be used: