Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton

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  ‘No.5 Bell Replacement’  Follow the twists and turns of the removal of the cracked bell. See photos below


WHO ARE WE?

Would you like to learn how to ring the bells at the Parish Church? 

We are a friendly, fun band, and practice on Thursday evenings.  Get in touch with Jane SeQ (see Church Directory for contact details of contact the Church Office)

We come from all walks of life and all ages.

THE BELLS

We have six bells at Lytchett Minster Parish Church - see Dove’s Guide.

The bells date from the 15th Century to 1910.
More about the bells in this leaflet. Download here

The church is Grade 2 listed and the tower is 15th Century and has ironstone walls.

The ringing chamber is on the ground floor.

WHEN DO WE RING?

Sunday 9am - 9.30am for morning service

We also ring for special occasions such as weddings, church festivals and royal events.

PRACTICE NIGHT

Thursday 7pm - 8.30pm

WHY DO WE DO IT?

  •   A fun sociable activity

  •   A challenge and a team activity

  •   A traditional skill and a living heritage

  •   Ringing has something for everyone

  •   Great physical exercise for mind and body

  •   Suitable for all ages - why not come along as a family

  •   No need to be musical though a sense of rhythm helps

  Practice is often followed by refreshment in the local pub

 

LEARN TO RING

At Lytchett Minster we are always looking for people to join our enthusiastic and friendly band of bell ringers. If you have ever thought you might like to have a go at ringing, then this is the perfect opportunity to take up this unique and fascinating activity. Some consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for pure pleasure and the company it brings.

Please come along to a practice night and see what happens.

 

CONTACT 
Jane SeQueira (see Church Directory for contact details) 
or churchoffice.1@btconnect.com

 

LINKS

We are affiliated to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers (SDGR)

 

We are part of the East Dorset Branch, which also has a Face Book page
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‘No.5 Bell Removal’ -  the journey …                                           gch

First photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

Images are sequential.  This set deals with the removal of an undamaged bell obstructing the removal of the cracked No 5.  The first 3 images look through 'all floors'

 

 Second photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

Manoeuvred into position on the frame, the undamaged bell is lowered from the upper chamber through the newly constructed hatch in the intermediate chamber and grounded in the ringing chamber

 

Third photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

Fourth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

Fifth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

 Sixth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

Seventh photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

Eighth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

 Ninth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

 Tenth photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 4th November 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 The first bell is now grounded in the ringing chamber and pushed into the NW corner - seen from the intermediate chamber through one of the rope guides.

 

 The damaged No 5 bell is then similarly lowered through two floors and guided into position on the ringing chamber floor.

 

 11th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 12th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 13th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

14th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

15th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 Note the perfect alignment of the original, upper, and the new, lower, hatches.  See also the new sound proofing fitted to the ringing chamber ceiling. 

 

16th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

17th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 18th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

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19th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019


  Bell Captain and Robin conduct a 'size/remaining space' appreciation.

 

20th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 Robin poses with heavenward focussed hearing aid.  (Bat detector or aid for deaf ringers). 

 

21st photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Headstock removal.  The final locknut was indeed the main issue !
22nd photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

Headstock fitting detail.

23rd photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019


 

 

 One of 3 exploratory dyed areas which eventually revealed the crack.
24th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 Headstock removed to floor.  Resin pad still in place.

25th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 Under the resin pad.

26th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

Removed wheel
awaiting its
new bell in early December.


 

27th photo in the journey of the removal of Number 5 Bell from Lytchett Minster Parish Church in 5th November 2019

 

 

There's more.  In order to remove the damaged bell into the church and to move the replacement bell into the tower, the West tower door will need to be removed. 

Watch out for next month’s exciting and final 'instalment'.

gch


updated  8/11/19