On Sunday 26th January 2014 we welcomed The Right Revd Graham James, The Bishop of Norwich to our church to dedicate the bells.
We also welcomed many guests including representatives of the bell foundry, the builders, the stonemason, the headmistress of the village school and many of the bell-ringing community alongside many people from the parish and regular church-go-ers. All in all over 100 people joined us to celebrate our new peal of eight.
The Revd Sally Gaze led the service which included readings by Mrs. Celia Blyth and Mrs. Barbara Cattermole and a specially written song performed by the choir.
During his sermon Bishop Graham told us that he used to be a bell-ringer, although since his ordination he has never had in his charge a church with ringable bells and Norwich Cathedral is one of only three cathedrals in England without ringable bells – it did not take much persuasion for Bishop Graham to join our ringers after the service for a quick ring on our new bells.
The bells returned to the village on 6th December and were hung in time for their debut at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
The old bell from 1616 has been re-hung as the clock bell and the linkage to the clock is being worked on at present.
We are grateful to the Bishop of Norwich, The Right Revd. Graham James, who will be visiting the church on 26th January to bless and dedicate the bells. Everyone is welcome to attend the service which will begin at 11am.
After the service there will be a buffet lunch – if you would like to attend the lunch you must sign the sheet at the back of the church by Monday the 20th January before 4pm. We need to have numbers for catering ready on Monday evening and, sadly, will be unable to cater for anyone who doesn’t sign up. If you have signed a previous sheet there is no need to sign up again, your name will already be down!
(Apologies for the lack of photographs and slow update – the internet gremlins have had a good start to the New Year.)