NEW BELLS AND OLD ARRIVE AT YARKHILL CHURCH
Eight brand new bells have been hung with four old and renovated ones in the tower of St John the Baptist Church at Yarkhill, just east of Hereford. They are thought to be the first new ring of bells to be installed in a Herefordshire Church for at least sixty years. The old bells date, or were founded, as the campanologists say, from the seventeenth Century and will no longer be used. Excited bell ringers are now lining up to celebrate the first ever ring of the newly founded bells on Sunday 4th November, calling worshippers to the morning service.
“This is the result of three long years of everyone pulling together to raise funds, but now the pulling will be done by the bell ringers!” said Jane Thomas, Churchwarden at St John’s. “The bells are lightweight and ideal for young and old to practice on, which is good news for those keen to learn.”
Yarkhill Church has a great bell ringing history as the man called the Father of Change Ringing, Fabian Stedman was baptised at St John the Baptist. Eminent bell ringers have already come together to test out the new bells, some of whom had actually donated a bell, and rang a touch of Stedman Triples. Excited parishioners were very moved to hear the bells peal from this important old tower and after a few adjustments they will be ready to call people to worship for the first time at the service on 4th November.
If anyone would like to have a try out or are already interested in bell ringing and would like to know more please contact the Ringing Master, Ashley Fortey, on 07894728762.