July 13, 2018
Work has started on the restoration of the bells of St Peter’s Newnham, Gloucestershire, a project GHCT supported with a grant of £7500 in June.
Work started on July 2 to dismantle the bells, fittings, frame and bell-chamber floor. The bellhanger from Nicholson Engineering in Bridport, Ian Hasman, is being supported by 6 local volunteers.
“It has been quite challenging as many of the bolts are rusted in. We’re gradually filling up the church with our ‘removals’ and the plan is to take them to the Bridport works this Friday,” said Andy Vivian, one of Newnham’s bell ringers.
The first bell down the tower was the tenor, weighing over 17cwt (864kg), pictured.
Children from Newnham Primary School visited the church to take brass rubbings from the bells and to sketch the bells and bell hammers. Local villagers are also being given the opportunity to see the bells on the ground.
Builders will move in to start the installation of the raised ringing floor on Monday July 16.
For updates on the project and a picture gallery visit Facebook: St Peter’s Bell Restoration