Another overhaul in the nineteen-thirties and come 1967 the bells were very hard to ring. A major project saw the old wooden frame replaced with a modern steel one, and two new bells added by Taylors of Loughborough. This set of eight bells has been one of the most rung in the Diocese of Hereford. They are musical and easy to ring.
Now in 2016 there is a chance to make the bells even better. Thanks to two very generous donations, we are able to:
Here are a few questions and answers about the project:
When will it happen? Between April and September this year
Who is involved? Some of the work is being done by members of the band. There are two main contractors
Whites of Appleton, who will take the bells out, modify the bell frame, manufacture components and supply the dumb bells
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry are casting the new bells and tuning the set
What do the bells sound like now? This is the bells being rung by a visiting band in 2007
What's involved in casting and hanging bells? You can see videos of the bells cast for the Jubilee: click here.... and and here....
Why ten bells? Bells usually come in sets of 5, 6, 8, 10, or 12 With ten we get useful choices – all ten, eight, a lighter six and a heavier six – so what we do can vary depending on the ringers available
DATES FOR THE PROJECT
14 May: Ringers with a connection with Bromyard will ring a peal
11 June: The band will rung the last peal before the work, celebrating the Queen's ninetieth birthday
On 15 March, the three new bells were cast at Whitechapel. A group of us were there to witness the event and enjoy a tour of the foundry , where Big Ben was cast in 1858. Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest company in Britain, and has been operating since 1570. The techniques used in making a bell are also very traditional, involving moulds made of horse manure. The tradition, the excitement of seeing our new bells come into being made for a memorable day.