The first meeting of this committee, set up by the PCC to make decisions on affairs that affect the smooth running of the project and to make recommendations on more major issues that needed to be referred to the PCC, was held on Wednesday 24 June. The committee consists of two members of the Bells of St. Mary's project team and the PCC and is chaired by the Project Manager. The contractor selection process was agreed and there was an action to locate a statement by a previous church architect limiting the use of the bells due to the amount of tower movement.
The back 10 bells were rung to mark the installment of the Rt Reverend Peter Hancock, a patron of our project, at Wells Cathedral yesterday,. The struggle by an experienced band of ringers to ring the bells well, reminded us of why they need to be rehung!
Despite an amber weather warning of electrical storms and hail, after an hour of light rain, the day turned out fine and we welcomed the Mayor, Counsellor Dave Durdan and his Mayoress and a further 88 people up the tower to see the marvellous view from the top and to have a go at chiming a bell. The Mayor chimed the bell that will be used later on in the year to toll as part of the town's remembrance service for the start of WW1.
Magnus Stewart, of local radio station Tone FM, visited to hear about the Bells of St Mary's project ready to broadcast the information and to advertise our next Tower Open Day on Saturday 7 June.
As part of our research into other 12 bell recasts and rehangs, Fred Sage and Rosemary Tuhey went up to London to see the bells of St Michael, Cornhill. The bells were recast in 2011 and are hung on two levels. The 130' brick tower is surrounded at very close quarters by offices and other buildings but the sound control was so effective that we were hardly able to hear the bells ringing from just outside!