Ringing World Vol 29, Iss 1206, p84,

Saturday 21st April 1934



  On Saturday, April 21st, the new peal of ten bells at the Church of St. John, Ranmoor, Sheffield, were open for ringing, by kind permission of the Vicar (the Rev. H. C. Foster), who desired that the bellringers should have a day of rejoicing at Ranmoor after the bells had been silent for two years.

  The bells were set going shortly after 2.30 p.m. At 4.30 p.m. a splendid tea awaited the assembly in the Church Hall.

  About seventy sat down to tea, including the Lord Bishop of Sheffield (Dr. Burrows), the Vicar of Ranmoor and the Rev. J. H. Foster, Vicar of St. Michael and All Angels, Neepsend. After tea, the Vicar of Ranmoor extended to those present a hearty welcome, saying he was sure all were anxious to hear what the Bishop had to say about the bells.

  The Bishop said he not only had to address the ringers of his own  diocese, but the ringers from eight other dioceses who were with them that day. The ringers of to-day, he said, were an important body of churchworkers, and he himself recognised and appreciated very much their work and the great improvement effected in the belfries. The Bishop finished his short address by congratulating the Vicar of Ranmoor on having such a splendid peal of bells in his church.

  Mr. C. F. Johnston, who represented the firm of Messrs. Gillett and Johnston, the bellfounders, said it had been a great pleasure to do the work, for whatever they had asked for or suggested to be done was granted and attended to.

  The Rev. H. C. Foster (Vicar) then announced that by the generosity of Mr. Johnston and a few friends at Ranmoor, the tea would be gratis.

  Mr. C. Haynes, president of the Sheffield and District Society and Master of the Ranmoor company, proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the Bishop for his presence and the interesting address he had given them, and said they were very grateful to Sir. Johnston and Ranmoor friends for their generosity, it being the second free tea within three weeks.

  Mr. Potter, of Barnsley, supported the vote of thanks, and remarked that he envied the ringers in Sheffield having a Bishop who took such an interest in them.

Tho tower was again visited, and full use of the bells was made. The circle of the ropes, the tone and ‘go’ of the bells alike are splendid and a credit to those who had the work in hand.

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