The church has recently appointed a new architect so it was good to have the opportunity to brief him about the bell project and our future plans.
News of the intention to cast the largest (tenor) bell of the new ring as the Somerset Bell to represent all the people of Somerset has caught the eyes of the press and local businesses and the total raised is now over the £3,000 mark. Donors are taking the opportunity to write in a special book which now contains several moving dedications to family members and friends.
A most successful and enjoyable Flower Festival has been held in the church on the theme of 'a celebration of marriage'. Not surprisingly the displays included quite a few bells, including four large wicker ones (see picture) above the West door suspended through the trapdoor in the ringing room floor. The festival raised £4,000 which has been split between the Bell and Organ funds, thus helping us move further towards our target.
On a day when the weather varied from bright sunshine to heavy downpours, we were pleased to assist with Taunton Rotary's Ironman event at Wimbleball reservoir by handing out refreshments to passing runners. There were over 1500 competitors and ensuring all had the opportunity to have a drink proved a busy but rewarding task, with many finding time to thank the helpers as they dashed past.