The last daytime tower open day of the year was held near the end of October. The weather forecast was not good and a gloomy, wet morning did not bode well but by the end of the day 75 adults and children had climbed the tower, visited the ringing chamber for a talk about bell ringing and had a go at chiming a bell. With entry fees and a produce stall, another £500 was raised. Now our thoughts are turning towards a Twilight tour on 28th November.
Nigel Maggs, our longest serving ringer, celebrated his special birthday by ringing a Quarter Peal and also asked friends and relations to donate to the bell fund, which has produced sufficient to sponsor a wheel.
We have been delighted by the generosity of a couple who were married at St Mary’s 40 years ago asking for donations to the bell fund instead of presents.
The church has appointed a new architect. We were pleased to meet him and hear that he has already been involved in bell projects before. Not quite so welcome was his news that Contract Design and Management regulations had changed this year and would now cover all building projects, including our own. He has also advised the PCC that a structural survey of the tower should be carried out since lowering and changing the layout of the bells and putting in new floors will alter weight bearing and swinging forces in the tower (reduce them we hope!) compared to the present.