Dedication of the new bells

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.