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Critical test for our repaired bell frame

One of the reasons that our bells used to be so difficult to ring is that the frame, on which the hung, rocked.  This had the effect of damping the free swing of the bells so that the bell ringers … Continue reading

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The best laid plans….

The Newnham Bells Restoration Project has been delayed.  The set-back is due to an issue with the sub-frame, (below) Here’s the background… For 115 years the bell frame has sat on the floor of the belfry which in turn was … Continue reading

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Our trip to the bellhanger’s workshop & more news on the project schedule

Last Friday, eighteen of us – volunteers, committee members and partners, travelled to Bridport to visit the Nicholson Engineering workshop where our bells and frame are being restored.  The boss, Andrew Nicholson raised our tenor bell on a hoist so … Continue reading

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Final phase begins

Nicholson Engineering returned to the tower this week, to begin the final phase of their contract – the reinstallation of the bells. This week they have been re-laying the floor,  treating the timbers, anchoring the four supporting girders with concrete … Continue reading

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First stage of the project is completed

We are delighted to report that the building work at the back of the nave has now been completed.  The builder’s boards came down in time for the big Remembrance Day service on 11th November, which marked the centenary of … Continue reading

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New Ringing Chamber nears completion

This picture, taken on Wednesday October 31st, is our first published view of the new  ringing floor.  To give you an idea of the height of the floor you may remember that the window cill, at the back of the … Continue reading

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Return of Newnham’s church bells postponed

An unforeseen problem with the casting of our new treble (top) bell means we have had to set back the date when we expect the restoration to be complete.   Therefore, we have postponed the planned bells rededication service due to … Continue reading

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