Wanborough and Liddington Church Bell Ringers
Liddington Tower has won its first trophy! The tower came second in the Association Tower of the Year Competition.
We are looking for new ringers, and welcome learners of both sexes from aged 9 years upwards.
If you are a lapsed ringer, please consider joining the band.
2 The Beanlands, Wanborough, SN4 0EJ
0774 5011 788
Fridays, 7.30 – 9.00 pm
1st, 3rd & 5th at Wanborough
2nd & 4th at Liddington
Saturday and Wednesday mornings at Wanborough Church at 10:00 AM.
Other practices can be arrranged.
Sunday Service Ringing
Times may change for Christmas, Easter, etc. Check the ringers web site for details.
|2nd Sunday||9.45 – 10.30 am||Winter: 3.15 – 4.00 pm|
|Summer: 5.15 – 6.00 pm|
|3rd Sunday||X||9:45 – 10:30 am|
|4th Sunday||5:15 – 6:00 pm||X|
|5th Sunday||By Arrangement||By Arrangement|
The New Bells of All Saints Liddington
New Bells Cast on Wednesday 11 May 2016
35 people comprising donors, representatives from church, village, and local bell ringers travelled to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough to witness the casting of the six new bells for Liddington. This was preceded by a very informative history of the company and an explanation of how and with what the bell moulds and bells are made, as we toured the tuning workshop, ropewalk, carpenters workshop and the museum.
The casting was viewed from the purpose built gallery overlooking the busy foundry floor. The bell moulds had earlier been lowered into the sand filled casting pit. The furnace was roaring away heating the bronze to 1100⁰C, and creating a haze that enveloped the foundry, and at 3.30 pm, the master founder started proceedings. The treble bell was cast first followed by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and tenor. Some 20 minutes later, it was all over and our guide led us down onto the foundry floor to take close up pictures.
The ringers amongst the group, some 14 of us, headed to the Bell Foundry tower where we rang for 30 minutes on the delightful peal of 12 bells. For some, this was the first ring on 12 bells and the first on such a light and easy going peal of bells. Well done.
The bell castings were left to cool down for about a week, and then the moulds were broken open and the bells moved to the tuning shop. Ropes, wheels, clappers, and other bell parts were manufactured over the next 6 weeks before they were all delivered to Liddington on Friday 1 July.