The final event to complete phase one will take place on Sunday 19th March at 2.30 p.m.
Bishop Peter of Bath & Wells will lead us in a service of celebration and dedication, during which the bellhangers will hand over the installation to the Church and ringers of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton. After the service a band including bell sponsors and other local ringers will begin a period of open ringing. All are invited to join us for this occasion.
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.