On Thursday 25th Aug. another coach party visited Loughborough for the final casting of our new bells; Treble, 5th, 7th & 10th (Magdalene Bell, St. Mary's PCC). We were also able to see the Loughborough Memorial Carillon after arrangements were made for an early opening on this day. Some 120 ringers, families and friends from the Taunton area and another 35 from as far as London and Northumberland have now been part of the 'Taylor Foundry tour'. We would like to thank all who have made this unique experience so enjoyable and enlightening; coach drivers, Taylor's management team and workers, and our 'Tour' guides. On this occasion many of the bells in the tuning shop were those for St. Mary's cast on previous visits, some raw out of the mould and others fully tuned. Now we await their arrival and hanging.
On Thursday 4th August 4 more bells were cast (2nd, 4th, 5# & 9th); just 4 left for 25th August! On this occasion the coach party from Taunton were able to see the Tenor still sitting on the lathe after tuning. Foundry comment 'sounds beautifull' and one of the visitors 'We actually heard it when 'donged' with a clapper, what an amazing moment!!!'
Most of the project work is now taking place at the Foundry, but the 'Team' is still busy at home. The electrician has almost completed rewiring and new LED lighting of the stairway while clearing and cleaning has been done from top to bottom.
Thursday 21st July was the day when the second batch of 4 bells (3rd, 6th, 8th & 11th) were cast. Another coach with many Taunton Branch members were able to watch the Branch (Annie's Ride, 11th) Bell being poured. The 6b from the previous cast can be seen at the back of photo 3, below.
Thursday 23rd June was the beginning of the rebuild phase of our project. The first three bells; 6b, 9# and Tenor (Somerset Bell) were cast at Loughborough. A coach with ringers, vicar, members of St. Mary's congregation and the Mayor of Taunton Deane were given a conducted tour of the Museum and foundry works before the casting. The ringers then spent 45 mins. on the foundry bells. The other bells will be cast over the next two months.
The Old Bells Group outside the Museum