Yesterday we rang for a service at Daybrook St Pauls for the last time for a good few months.
Our tower captain’s decades of fundraising have finally paid off and the bells are due a big renovation, including some tuning work, and a new frame, lower in the tower.
They have been getting steadily worse over the few years I have been ringing them, and some, in particular the 5, have something seriously wrong with them.
Yesterday afternoon, bellhangers were doing preparatory work and today, the bells will be lowered down the tower.
Tonight from 7pm there will be an opportunity to see the bells as they will be in the nave of the church on display to the public. If you can pop along to see them you will be very welcome.
Tomorrow, Frank Key Builders Merchants are very kindly loaning the use of a flat bed lorry and crane to take the bells to Loughborough where they will be serviced by Taylors.
The band has been growing in recent months and there are some keen new ringers who are learning the ropes, if you will excuse the pun. Whilst our own bells are out being spruced up, we are relocating for practice nights to Basford St Leodegarious, 7.30-9pm on Friday nights. If you’d like to come along and have a go, we’d be happy to see you.
The bells are due back just before Christmas, although that is a slightly ambitious time frame and it may take a little longer than that.
Reblogged this on Gyronny Herald and commented:
I remember now over 25 years ago when the bells of St Patrick’s Ballymena fell silent for recasting and major work on the tower. I will never forget hearing the twelve there ringing out for Midnight Mass in 1987 – a fantastic sound. I hope that Daybrook will be ringing out for Christmas this year as they hope.