This took place at 3.30 pm today (January 1st 2016), a short video clip can be found at https://www.facebook.com/bbcsomerset/videos/vb.158925984178511/959374234133678/?type=2&theater. More details can also be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35209412. We thank everyone from near and far who shared this "end of an era event" with us. We hope you will continue to follow our progress through the coming year as we near the end of fund raising and begin the practical side of this project.
A Happy New Year and good ringing in 2016, from the Ringers of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton.
A further boost to our funds arrived a few days ago when a cheque for £5000 was received from the Garfield Weston Foundation. We send them our gratefull thanks.
We have received news that the Barron Bell Trust has agreed to support our project with a grant of £2,500. We thank them for a timely Christmas gift.
Following interest shown last year in an evening ascent of the tower, we ran the first of two tours to coincide with the town’s Christmas Sparkle day on Saturday 28th November. Alas, there was not much to be Sparkly about on this night, for Storm Clodagh was arriving and events in the town were cancelled due to the horrible weather.
Time to turn our attention to ringing some smaller bells as we start ringing carols round Taunton’s supermarkets to raise funds for the new bells, starting at Morrisons on December 13th.