Some 360 ringers, friends and guests gathered at St. Mary's on the afternoon of Sunday March 19th 2017, for the dedication of the new ring of 12 bells. After over two hours of general ringing the bells were lowered at 5.30 pm; many comments were made about the ease of handling and quality of tone compared to the old ring.
Earlier in the week our organist was able to record the first batch of 12 tunes for the chimes and these were used before the 10 am service. The clock chimes and tunes played at 9 am, 12 noon, 3pm & 6 pm have also been reinstated after a silence of some 6 years!
The sound control has been fixed to the belfry louvers, but more needs to be done to adjust the internal sound balence in the ringing chamber, and the level of sound for both ringing and the chimes on the outside of the church. We would ask those who would like to visit for peals or quarter peals to be patient while we try to complete this work.
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.