Special service will mark return of bells

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 January 2013

Churchwarden Paul Elliott with the bells. Photo Joan Elliott.

Churchwarden Paul Elliott with the bells. Photo Joan Elliott.

Joan Elliott

SIX important pieces of a Worle church have been removed from the building for the first time in nearly a century.

St Martin’s Church in Church Road has sent its bells off for re-tuning by experts at a bell foundry in London.

Parishioners have been busy fundraising to find the tens of thousands of pounds for the work, which will include sprucing up the tower which houses the bells.

The oldest of the St Martin’s bells dates back to 1683 and the last time any of them were re-tuned was 1908.

They have rung across the centuries around the village, calling people to Sunday worship, weddings and other celebrations.

The bells were transported two weeks ago to the foundry in London in front of spectators and Nicholas Engineering, a company of bell hangers and iron smiths, will refurbish the tower in the meantime.

The bells were dismantled over three days and will be returned and reinstalled from March 11.

There will be a time in between unloading and hoisting them into the tower when they will be lined up for schoolchildren and members of the local history society to view them.

It will take up to a week to put the bells back, in time for Easter. A short service is set to be held at the church once they are fully reinstalled to mark the occasion.

There are plans to video the whole process and by early summer produce a small booklet recording the historical event in the life of the church.


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