Read more…"/> Bell Restoration Updates – Kent County Association of Change Ringers

Report to November 2023

Two bell maintenance courses have been run for the Tonbridge District. I have had a couple of enquiries and so please get in touch if you would like me to run another.

Broomfield Proposals for a ringing gallery
Egerton Inspection & maintenance
Minster-in-Thanet Inspection & maintenance
Ringwould Inspection & maintenance
High Halden Clapper repair
Southborough Inspection
Westgate, St James Inspection
Woodnesborough Inspection
Brabourne Inspection & maintenance
Biddenden Inspection
Ightham Inspection with work to be done
Marden The bells have been removed and will be rehung in the original metal frame (Nicholsons)
Tonbridge May now proceed with some rehanging with new fittings
Penshurst Faculty applied for to rehang with new fittings and re-order the bells
Leeds Clappers serviced and possible work to frame
Snodland Church House Snodland was a church but after becoming redundant, it was converted to a house but retaining much of the internal layout of the church. It has a tower and the intention was to install a 7cwt ring of 6 but only the tenor was put in. Unfortunately, the access to the tower is very small and so I was unable to get to the bell. The owner is hopefully going to send me some video / pictures. The bell is supposed to be in a frame for 6. The bell is chimed twice a year at Christmas and New Year and is rung from the master bedroom ensuite shower!

Report for the Handbook 2022

Bethersden Fundraising and faculty application for a complete rehang
Bobbing Enquiry re: bells safe for a funeral
East Malling Maintenance enquiry
Eastry Tenor bearing plate loose, repaired as required
Hunton Maintenance & repairs
Hythe New clapper fitted to 7th
Ightham Chiming hammers being upgraded
Mersham These bells had not received much attention for a long time. General overhaul and some adjustments. These are now much improved
Kippington (Sevenoaks) Repair rope on single bell
Lydd Clapper problem
Marden Rehanging work planned
Meopham Repairs to louvres
Newington-next-Hythe Maintenance
Pluckley Inspection & maintenance
Ramsgate, St Augustine (RC) Pugin’s masterpiece and Pugin centre. Inspection of the single bell with a view to installing more bells as was originally planned. Interesting ringing room as the existing rope drops beside the high altar
Selling Repairs to sound control doors
Shorne As per doctor’s appointment, diagnosis and repair of loose bolts advised by telephone!
Sundridge Inspection & maintenance
Temple Ewell Inspection and rope repair of single bell
Warehorne Inspection & maintenance
West Malling The tenor bell has cracked. Offer of a possible replacement bell has fallen through
Wickhambreaux Inspection & maintenance