Restored Bells to ring out for the Queen’s Jubilee!

The long wait is over; the 139-year-old bells are returning to Eastbourne!

EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX, May 2022 — After a wait of over a year, the 139-year-old bells of All Saints’ Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, which had been taken out of the bell tower for long-awaited refurbishment in April last year, will be re-hung this month in time to be rung for H M Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Other than minor works, including new bearings in 1929, a new tenor bell clapper in 1982, and routine maintenance, no significant or major work has been undertaken on these 130+ year old bells.  
The newly restored bells, together with all new modern fittings, will be brought back to the tower on Friday 20th May and will be on display in the church that weekend. The bells will be dedicated during the 10.00am service on Sunday 22nd May.
All the bells have been re-tuned to bring them into harmony and the various harmonics within each bell brought into alignment. Each bell has been fitted with a new headstock, clapper, new double ball bearing, wheel and stay. Back in the tower, new sliders and pulleys will be fitted and a rope guide fitted in the ringing chamber. Andrew Nicholson, of the bell hangers, Nicholson Engineering Ltd, says “All Saints’ will have a really splendid peal of bells.”
Bell ringer Philip Pawley says: “The preservation of bells cast 139 years ago with their inscriptions and timeless sound is important for maintaining our heritage for future generations. This project has provided an opportunity to improve the sound and handling of the bells. This, in turn, will attract learner ringers and retain experienced ringers for All Saints’, as well as becoming a tower which visiting bands of ringers would love to visit. We look forward to ringing these bells for the Queen’s Jubilee.” 
The Revd. James Knowles, vicar of All Saints’, adds: “Along with the church family at All Saints’, I look forward to hearing the bells ring out again across the parish, calling people to worship the Risen Lord Jesus each Sunday morning.”

The complete ring of 8 bells will be on display in the church on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022. The bells and fittings will be hoisted into the bell tower during the week commencing 23rd May 2022. 

New CofE Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework - how it affects ringers

New requirements for ringers from the Church of England are summarised below:

1. All ringers, regardless of whether there are young ringers in their tower, are now REQUIRED to complete the online training called Basic Awareness (equivalent to C0).

a. Previously this was merely a recommendation. The change reflects the fact that it is not just a case of protecting our young ringers. It is possible for an adult to groom other adults to gain their trust and access to their non-ringing children or grandchildren.

b. If you have completed C0, there is no need to do Basic Awareness until three years have passed since you did the course.

2. Any further training by tower captains is the decision of the diocese. Chichester have asked that all tower captains complete the online Foundation course (when their existing C1 has expired) but are NOT required to complete the Leadership course (this advice may change in the future).

3. Chichester have asked that our Young Ringer’s coordinator and Safeguarding officer complete the Zoom / Face to Face Leadership course (old C2) and this is in hand.

4. On completion of the Basic Awareness or Foundation courses, please show your certificates to your Parish Safeguarding Officer – their name should be prominently displayed on an internal church noticeboard and the church website.

The online courses are accessed via the Chichester Diocesan website (www.chichester.anglican.org). The Safeguarding Tab is on the top left and the training section is at the bottom of the first page.

The summary above has been developed by the safeguarding officer for the Central Council after discussion with the National Safeguarding Manager of the CofE.

Please email me if you have any questions or need any help. I know not all towers feel "part" of the church, but the bells do belong to the church and we do need to follow their procedures.

Val Clay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

First quarter peal congratulations – Francesco & Luca

Many congratulations to Francesco and Luca, who rang their first quarter peal on Saturday 15th January. Together they rang 1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles at Fittleworth, West Sussex joined by Stephen R T Pocock (2), Michael F Royalton-Kisch (3), Fraser A Storie (4) and Barry J Wateridge (1).
Luca Rang the Treble to this quarter peal. Francesco rang the 5th, not only was this his first quarter but it was his first inside and also his first time as conductor!!
This quarter was dedicated to Mike Etherington.
This performance can be viewed here: Ringing World BellBoard

General Committee Meeting - March 2022

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Spring is here...

And that means the General Committee meets to set the world to rights. It was Janice’s first experience of the “Great and the Good” of the Association (or so we like to think of ourselves!) - welcome Janice – and also Rob’s last such meeting being able to boss us all around as Master before he retires in May.

We were on-line again - Zoom is wonderful as it means that we do not have to drive halfway across Sussex and back. Not only that, we can do the crossword (or Wordle) if we are getting bored and slurp coffee without being noticed! 

Apart from the usual business of approving reports for 2021 and being amazed at Sue’s expertise in produced the annual accounts, all sorts of interesting things were discussed:

Read more: General Committee Meeting - March 2022

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