The new bells have drawn many visitors to the church over the last week while they await the completion of the frame. Friday (16/12) saw most of the upper frame in place, only the A sides for the 6b to finish. Meanwhile the wheels and other fittings have now been stored temporarily above the new ringing room ceiling.
All framework including the top layer together with cross beams and bracing arrived yesterday (Tues. 6th Dec.), as well as the chime hammers and mounting brackets. The bells are due on Friday and will be on view in the church over the weekend with a 'Naming and Blessing' during our 10 am service.
Monday 21st Nov. saw the start of the next phase in the tower with the the return of lifting gear followed on Tues. by a lorry with steel and timber for the new ceiling in the ringing room and 11 of the new clappers. On Thursday two of the team travelled up to Loughborough to see the (almost) complete installation, while in Taunton a sign writer began some delicate work on the clapper stems.
After a week of drilling, hammering and chiselling; some 80 bags of rubble and several bags of dust from the Henry, we now have 14 holes ready for the base girders of the new frame. Progess of frame construction can be seen on Taylor's website.