Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
‘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.
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 Due to the need to maintain a 2m distance between people to avoid the risk of transferring Covid-19, the bells will not be rung for a number of weeks or months 16/3/20
We also ring for special occasions such as weddings, church
festivals and royal events.
Thursday 7pm - 8.30pm For the same reason as above, the bells will not be rung during practice night for a number of weeks or months 16/3/20
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.
Jane SeQueira (see Church Directory for contact details) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
‘No.5 Bell Removal’ - the journey … gch
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'
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
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.
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.
Bell Captain and Robin conduct a 'size/remaining space' appreciation.
Robin poses with heavenward focussed hearing aid. (Bat detector or aid for deaf ringers).
Headstock removal. The final locknut was indeed the main issue !
Headstock fitting detail.
One of 3 exploratory dyed areas which eventually
revealed the crack.
Headstock removed to floor. Resin pad
still in place.
Under the resin pad.
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'.