Churchdown Bells Restoration Project
12 March 2014
August 22, 2014
A small group of Churchdown ringers visited the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London to see
the casting of two of our new bells, the 3rd and the Tenor.
September 18, 2014
The remaining 3 new bells for Churchdown were cast.
September 24, 2014
A small group of volunteers consisting of Chris Wakeman, Gordon Goodman, John Gilden,
Derrick Newman and Ron Harpham carried out work to open up the ceiling in the deadening
chamber and removal of the screen in the church in preparation of the removal of the existing
bells planned for October. This has saved £500 which was the estimate provided by external
October 4th & 6th
Preparation started on Saturday morning when the ropes, wheels and stays were removed
and the bell fittings oiled in preparation for the removal of the bells. On Monday the bells
lowered to the ground and taken to the car park by Graham from Whites ably assisted by a
group of volunteers who had all had their morning Weetabix
Whites came to St Barts in early
January to fit the new bearing
plates to the bell frame. These are
thick steel plates that will form the
foundation for the bells bearings.
Whites also took the remaining two
bells back to their works for
storage. These are listed bells and will be returned to the church in due course. Once again
the Pullen family provided welcome assistance with loading the bells onto Whites vehicle.
A small group of Churchdown ringers and volunteers visited White’s of Appleton to see the
new bells and make final arrangements for delivery and installation of the bells.
We were lucky enough to see all six of the bells fitted with their headstocks.
The tenor bell was hung in a
frame and was tested whilst we
were there. You can see and hear
the new tenor bell being tested by
We also had an opportunity to ring on a
very small set of bells which are
installed at White’s workshop and on
bells at the nearby All Saints church at
Marcham where the bells had been
hung in an anti-clockwise circle which is
very unusual. Both rings were
challenging but fun.
The bells will be arriving back at St
Bartholomews on the morning of
Monday 9th March. They will be hoisted
up the tower and made ready for ringing
during the following days. It is expected
that they should be ready for service
ringing on Sunday 22nd March.
On 9th March the bells arrived at
St Bartholomews and were one by
one pushed up the steep path to
the church and hoisted into place.
All six bells are now sitting
comfortably in the bell frame. The
test ring on Friday 13th March was
a great success and I am now
pleased to announce that the bells
at St Bartholomews are ringing out
over Churchdown once more.
3 May 2015
The Bishop of Tewkesbury, Martyn
Snow, has agreed to attend a
special service on Sunday 3rd
May, during which the new ring of
bells will be dedicated. We hope
that as many people as possible will come to this service.