Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Bingo – thank you

Thank you to all who braved the cold weather to support us for our very enjoyable Christmas Bingo in aid of the Barnham Broom Church Bells Restoration Appeal.

Thanks to those who attended, the organisers and helpers, those who provided prizes and refreshments and to our caller Buffy.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Lowering the bells – Part 5

Wednesday morning 29/11/2017

A 9am arrival of bells and wheels to the school in the rain.

Then on to the Village Hall, a little later than planned.

Ben, our youngest trainee bellringer, was the last to ring one of the Barnham Broom bells before they were lowered. He watched on as Jill talked about the bells. 

The bells all strapped in and ready to go.

There was a chance to warm up with coffee and biscuits in the Village Hall before the bells began the journey to the foundry just after 11am.

Lowering the bells – Part 4

Tuesday afternoon 28/11/2017

The trailer came back with all five bells, repositioned ready for the journey to the foundry.

Packing up of Graham’s lorry was started.

Finishing off the filming with interviews, it was time to pack away.

All done by 4pm.

A church with an empty belfry.

Some slight modifications were needed to get the tenor bell down from the belfry. 

Lowering the bells – Part 3

Tuesday morning 28/11/2017

There was a 9am start for day 2. Four bells down and one to go.

Plenty of filming taking place.

The last bell down, bell 5, the tenor, made it down to the vestry and was guided straight onto a pallet.  

Closely watched by Jim and Richard from Gig House Films.

Getting the tenor out of the vestry, it was time for a line-up of the day 2 team of volunteers, joined by our Rector Rev'd. Tim Weatherstone, with plenty of cameras watching on.

The tenor made its way back to the trailer to join the other bells.

There was still plenty to come down from the belfry, by rope this time.

Putting the wheels together gave a better appreciation of the scale.

A well-deserved lunch break.