75th Anniversary of the Ten Bells
Pauline Heath writes about a special forthcoming anniversary.
|On Easter Eve, Saturday 31St March 1934 at 3pm, a service of rededication of the bells took place and two new bells were dedicated by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.|
|At the end of this month we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 10 bells at St John's and a peal will be rung on Saturday 4th April to mark this anniversary. It will also be 65 years since the first peal on the new ten bells, which took place on 10th April 1944.|
|The last peal rung on the original 8 bells was of Kent Treble Bob Major on 8th July 1924 following the death of Sam Thomas. On 10th April 1944 the method rung was Kent Treble Bob Royal and it is this same method that will be attempted on 4th April this year.|
|This photograph shows - Mr Charles Haynes, a ringer at Ranmoor for over 40 years, with the old bells in the church porch as they were being taken away for recasting.|
| Recently a
sheet from the rededication was given to the
ringers and a copy of this
is now on the wall in the ringing chamber. During the Service, which
around Evensong, the Bishop, the Vicar, the Churchwardens, Lieut.
Wever and members of the Bells Committee proceeded to the Tower. Mr
Johnston, representing the Bell Founders, handed the bell ropes to Col.
who then handed them to the Churchwardens. The Wardens then passed the
eight ropes to the Bishop for the Rededication, followed by the ropes
two new bells for the dedication of these bells. The Bishop then handed
ropes to the Vicar. (This is what the service sheet tells me but I
Vicar was unwell on the day and watched the service from the
bells were then rung as the Bishop and others left the tower.
part of the Service quite interesting as anyone who has come into the
chamber is always told not to touch the ropes in case they
pull the bell over from its balance position. With all this passing
the ropes and as the bells were in their 'raised' position it appears
to me to
be a miracle there was not an accident! I also assume that the service
relayed from the tower into the Church so the congregation were aware
was happening. Another interesting point to note would be all these
going up and down the staircase, which is the same one that is there
it is not very wide!
|If you are able to go up to the bells these inscriptions can be read around the bell.|
No 1 -
Weight 4 ¼ cwts
No 2 -
Weight 4 cwts 2 qrs
No 3 -
Weight 4 cwts 2 qrs
No 4 -
Weight 4 ¾ cwts
No 5 -
Weight 5 ¼ cwts
No 6 - Note C. Weight 6 cwts
No 7 -
flat. Weight 7 cwts 2
No 8 -
Weight 8 ¾ cwts
No 9 -
Weight 11 cwts
Weight 16 cwts
of eight bells was recast in 1934 by subscriptions
The whole work of recasting and rehanging was carried out by Messrs Gillett & Johnston, Bell Founders in Croydon.
This picture shows the new bells in the porch, about to be raised to the tower.
| I have a
personal interest in this as my grandparents were instrumental in
the fundraising for the recasting of the original 8 bells and every
evening envelopes were opened and the sums of money that
spare that week were counted up. The bells had been silent for almost 2
as ringing had been stopped on 12th June 1932
because the bells were
unsafe. There must have been great celebrations to hear the bells
again. The bells have been rung
regularly since being rehung except for the enforced break during WWII.
The local band has changed over the 75 years, both in number and
strength of ringing but we have always kept the bells ringing for
services and practice and other special events.
We are all looking forward to the Anniversary, and hope that you will listen out on April 4th as we attempt the peal of Kent Treble Bob Royal to mark the occasion. We will start the peal at 10.00am, and if things go according to plan, finish at about 1.00pm.
complete article is in this
Subsequently printed in the Ringing World
celebratory Quarter peal