Barrow Bells - Tower News Archive for 2014
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|Tuesday||16||NW Evening Mail Carol Service - Ringing photos courtesy of Jo Sweeney|
|Sunday||23||Ringing for Confirmation Service - including Baptism & Confirmation of one of our younger ringers|
Dalton and friends ringing outing Whittington, Gargrave, KirkbyMasham, and Giggleswick
Some fascinating churches, ground floor ring at Whittington in a 16th century tower, lunch at the Craven Heifer (one of several in the area it turns out), and Kirkby Malham with glass galleried ringing room overlooking the church which had connections to Cromwell. At Giggleswick there was a dipper that seemed unconcerned by people walking just a few yards away. All-in-all a very enjoyable day was had by all.
Some of the photos taken by Jo Sweeney and Andy Pollock with many more on Jo's blog
Great Urswick augmentation re-dedication:
|Friday||15||Branch Striking Competition, held at Holy Trinity Church in Brathay.|
|26 & 27|
Bell Handling Training Course.
NW Evening Mail article and phototographs in Gallery 11
Three exceptionally constructive sessions introducing several people of all ages (including a NWEM reporter) to ringing church bells, with help from Doug Beaumont, Dennis Ellisdon, Geoff and Carole Pullin
ST JAMES' DAY - PEAL
The first full peal on the restored bells was successfully rung with an invited band representing some of the stakeholders in the restoration project.
The date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the inaugural peal on the bells in 1877, that was rung by a band invited from Earlesheaton (near Dewsbury in Yorkshire) especially for the dedication of the bells.
While the bells were being rung, Andrew Deakin from the Octopus Collective (an arts council supported audio art project) recorded and streamed the full peal (almost 3 hours) on the internet with listeners on the other side of the world!
A 30 second sample of the peal is available to listen to below, taken from the first 10 minutes
|Friday||27||Brisbane Park Infant School from further down Blake Street come to learn about the bells.|
They were exceptionally well behaved and very interested with LOTS of great questions!
It was lovely to receive letters from each of the children saying what they thought of their outing to St James' Bell Tower. Here are just a few:
Thank you for showing us the bells of St James Church. I liked the bells being rung. It was so cool. I liked wearing the ear muffs when we were looking over them.
Thank you for letting us listen to the bells and showing us how to pull the bells. How does the big wheel turn around. The big bells are heavy. The green net will catch the rain.
Thank you for showing us the bell. I loved the noise. I heard the big bells It was beautiful
Thank you for letting us go up to the top of the church. I liked the bells. When we put earphones on when we looked down at the bells it looked scary but fun. Also I liked it when the bell did a noise. It was a pretty noise. I had ear ache.
Thank you for showing us the bells of St James Church. I liked going up the stone steps. They go round and round.
Thank you for coming and showing some pictures. I like when we went up the spiral staircase to hear the bells! The bells make a nice tune. I learned about when the bells tipped over then it stayed still. I liked when we looked down at the bells. I like when we went down the spiral stairs.
|Saturday||21||John and Lindsay of Clean & Shine are very kind to let me take photographs of St James from the top of their cherry-picker, which could reach all the way up to the ringing room windows!|
This gave much better views of the church and less leaning vertical lines that occur when you have to tilt a camera lens up (or down) at a building. See the results below:
Orchids abound in the grounds of the church.
An Environment Protection Officer visited St James at lunchtime, and contacted Andy Pollock who was able to meet up a few minutes later.
Unfortunately someone had contacted the Environment Agency to complain about the ringing of the bells ringing more than normal, and claiming they were also very loud.
The EPO wanted to speak to someone at the church to find out more about when the bells are rung, and to find out whether the ringing in question was part of a more regular pattern of ringing or one-off's.
Andy Pollock pointed out we take any complaint seriously, and have tried to make sure we do not disturb the neighbouring residents unnecessarily.
The Saturday in question had the following ringing sessions:
Other weddings, funerals, visiting bands and ringing events will occasionally occur and are part of the life of the church in the community.
All planned ringing is announced on the calendar/events page of the tower website (www.barrowbells.org.uk), and the longer ringing events are also usually notified by leaflets and through local media (though they are at liberty to ignore or publish/broadcast as they choose)
On the occasion of the Wedding and LACR AGM ringing on the 26th August, we had informed the local newspaper of the ringing for the LACR AGM, and earlier on the day we had leafletted the houses immediately facing the church on Blake Street, Hartington Street and Adelaide Street to announce ringing for both LACR AGM and wedding events.
The EPO's attention was also brought to the fact there was a visiting band due to ring for 45 minutes this saturday afternoon at 2pm, and at the end of July a full peal lasting up to 3 hours would be rung on Fri 25th July on the anniversary of the dedication of the bells on St James' day 1877 (also the first ever peal that was rung on the same day).
This was a big day for St James' bells.
|Sunday||20||Easter Sunday Service ringing unfortunately too many people away, or attending other services, so first Sunday Service where the chiming system was used.|
|Sunday||13||Service ringing reveals the dramatic improvement to the sound of the bells inside the ringing room - Fantastic!|
Andrew Nicholson arrives with his daughter to put right the 7th, to stop a large piece of swarth from making a noise inside the headstock. Also fine adjustments to the chiming system hammers to ensure consistant striking.
Hugh Pettifer builds scaffold tower in ringing room while foam cures in 7th, and proceeds to start removing the plywood underboarding to test improvement (if any) to the sound in the ringing room
|Sunday||6||Alan Dewar and Andy Pollock investigate noise eminating from 7th bell.|
Public Open Day
|Friday||7||Carpet fitting is completed|
|Thursday||6||Carpet fitter Steve Cooksey begins fitting carpet from Empire Carpets|
|Saturday||15||Fixed Heritage Lottery Fund plaque above the door to the spiral staircase.|
|Thursday||13||Flookburgh visit for 8-bell basic combined practice (Barrow/Dalton/Ulverston), and sized up and started removal of the Branch 6 bell Simulator|
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