Bell Projects in 2016
Woolhope, St George
Woolhope has a 13 1/4 cwt ring of 6. They are rung from the ground floor and are rung in an anti-clockwise. The ring includes a couple of 17th century bells and one bell, the 4th that is around 600 years old. The local ringers have been working hard to raise funds to get the bells rehung.
28th December 2015
Work has started on the bells this week, getting them ready to be lowered from the tower next week. The ropes are off, wheels removed and clappers have been dropped out.
5th January 2016
Today the bells were lowered out of their frame and down to the ringing chamber floor. Tim from Nicholson Engineering came to over see the work.
6th January 2016
The headstocks were removed from the bells and the bells left the church to be loaded ready for their trip to Bridport on Friday.
11th January 2016
17th February 2016
Unfortunately we have recently heard from Nicholsons that three of the bells have cracks and one of them, the fifth bell, which was cast in 1662 and is over 350 years old, will need to be sent to Soundweld in Newmarket for specialist welding. Needless to say, this will add to the cost and possibly delay getting the bells back in time to ring on St George's Day, 23rd April, but there was little choice in deciding to have the bell attended to. On a positive note, the damage has been found before something disastrous happened and while it is still possible for it to be repaired. B Fox