The United Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop ST. PETER'S BELLS and RINGING
5.3 Augmentation to ring of eight bells. In 2005, two new bells (Nos. 1 & 2) were donated to St Peter's by current ringers, and these "trebles" were hung in the two spare pits. Simon Sweeney, a recent recruit to the ringing band, and his wife Mel expressed the desire to donate a bell in memory of their good friend Samantha Hillyard who sadly died very young. The ringers were very pleased to accept. By coincidence Samantha's mother is a bell ringer, and so was able to ring with the band at the installation and dedication. As a result of this donation, past Tower Captain Tom Anderson and his wife Judy were glad to take the opportunity to donate the new treble in memory of their parents from Glasgow and Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Pat Albon, the current Tower Captain, spent much time obtaining estimates of the costs involved, and finally obtaining a faculty from the St Albans diocese. The ringers were grateful to the St Peter's PCC who had been extremely supportive to the whole project. Whites of Appleton were appointed as the main contractor, with the bells being cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd., using Gillett and Johnston profiles. It was fortunate that no great fund raising was necessary as the bells had been donated. The fittings and hanging were paid from Tower Funds, and a generous sum given by the Bedfordshire Association of Church Bell Ringers. The bells were cast on 9th. December 2005. The new second bell was found to be flawed and re-cast in early 2006. They were finally hung on 27th. April 2006 with a service of dedication taking place on 30th. July 2006. A number of past ringers joined with existing ringers to enjoy that most memorable day. A front page article (with photographs) was published in Ringing World.. The article described the background, the history of the spare pits, the ringers, the augmentation to eight, the dedication and celebrations.
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