Brinklow Bell Ringers

Bells have called people to church over many hundreds of years.
Here we feature Bellringing in the Revel Group.

Brinklow Bell Ringers with
Rev Chris Garrod
on Remembance Sunday

Funding and other help is being sought by Bell Ringers at St. John's Church, Brinklow.

2008 is going to be an exciting year for the bell ringers in Brinklow. We are just begin­ning a project that will see the refurbishment of the tower clock and bells. It is also hoped that in our grand scheme we will be able to add two new lighter bells that will give us an octave (eight bells).

Most of you will have heard us ringing at some point. We ring regularly for the church services and on Wednesday nights we get together to practise and socialise. (Come and see what goes on!) We have also been ringing for national occasions such as to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Wedding or to add to the Village festivities such as Christmas and New Year. The facility we have is not just for the church or just the ringers own indulgence. We rang for half an hour for notable birthdays this year includ­ing Jean Howkins and Maggie Denyer.

The current installation in the tower dates back from 1705 and was last restored in 1915 when an extra bell was added. Space was left in the belfry for two more bells, but at the time the additional funds could not be found. We now have the opportunity, with help from the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bell ringers, to finish the job started almost 100 years ago.

Alongside this we want to incorporate the overhauling of the existing bells and to modernise the clock mechanism. At the moment the clock is wound by hand every week and Melvin Howkins has the muscles to prove it! Fitting an electronic motor would mean this would be unnecessary.

The PCC at St John's have given us the go ahead for the project and their unanimous backing. Unfortunately financial support from the church is not an option, as funds will not stretch to a project that could cost over £20,000.

We are working on a number of initiatives to raise the money.

Tom Griffiths is intend­ing to run the London Marathon on April 13th in aid of the project and would be grateful for any donation. Sponsorship formscan be found in a number of the pubs or in the church. Any donation, big or small, would be gratefully received and if you consent to Gift Aid we can claim back the tax too!
If the opportunity arises we can make a bell into an ideal dedication or memorial for someone or something. When the bell is cast an appropriate epitaph can incorporated into the bell metal. Come and see the existing ones or speak to one of the ringers. As well as financial support, we would be grateful for people's help, ideas and skills. If you think you can contribute in any way let the ringers know.

Once the project is completed we will have a fantastic facility up in the tower, one that will benefit us and the Warwickshire bell ringing community. If you are interested in joining us and having a go or have any other questions please speak to Tim Wykes who would be only happy to help. Age or fitness is of no barrier if you want to ring. If you are looking for an interesting, sociable and mentally challenging activity this may be for you. Think of it as a more physical Sudoku puzzle with a trip to the pub after­wards!

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