The Bells Of St. Mary's

A Taunton Community Project

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Frame almost complete

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.

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concrete upper

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Bells arrive!

lorry waiting

eleven tenor

                     11th                                          Tenor

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Frames arrive

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.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Another busy week

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.

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complete    clapper

Saturday, 12 November 2016

A week drilling holes, 7th - 11th Nov.

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.

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£ 300,000
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£ 263,024
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 mayor 2015Cllr Marcia Hill, Mayor of Taunton Deane and a Patron and supporter of the project, with Rosemary Tuhey, the project manager