To celebrate the successful inspection of our magnificent ring of eight bells, James Joynson has made this five-minute video providing a close-up view of the bells as they chime.
As Bell Master for the Wotton branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Bell Ringers (G&BDABR), James is and responsible for technical aspects of bells and bell ringing training within the Diocese, and has been doing a terrific job training St Mary’s new band of bell ringers, led by Tower Captain Colin Dixon.
New bell ringers are welcome to expand our band – no prior experience necessary – so if you’d like to try your hand at bell ring, please don’t hesitate to email Colin Dixon for more information.
Lisa Overton, Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s, provides our latest news round-up:
We are hopeful that all restrictions will finally end on 19th July so that we will be able to hold our Annual General Meeting and Choral Evensong in St Mary’s on Sunday 25th July, so we encourage as many of you to attend as possible. We may even be able to hear the new bells.
The AGM will be held at 5.30pm, and Choral Evensong will follow at 6pm.
Further events, we hope, will follow in the late summer and autumn, so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.
SAVE THESE DATES
Saturday 28th August: Pimms Tent at the Hawkesbury Show
Sunday 19th December: FOSM Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
We are delighted that we are now able to hold services in St Mary’s again. Please bring masks when you come to church and obey the social distancing rules. Our sidesmen will help to keep everything in order.
You’re warmly invited to enjoy a rare opportunity to watch the blessing of our new church bells online, via this wonderful recording made by our Choirmaster Ben Humphries.
This special ceremony, for which the bells were adorned with flowers, involved naming the bells, christening them with holy water and anointing them with oil.
So rare is the ceremony that our vicar, the Rev Richard Thomson, had never done one before, and our highly experienced bellringing teacher James Joynson had never witnessed one.
Despite the Covid-related restrictions on numbers for the congregation and the choir (the six ladies allowed to sing sounded wonderful), this historic service was truly celebratory, and it was a joy to see the fruit of four years of careful planning and fundraising. Special thanks to the generosity of John Appleby, without whom this project would not have been possible.
The service has now been watched by friends of St Mary’s around the world. You too may now relive the experience and enjoy it at your leisure via YouTube here: