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All Saints' Church Kempston Bells Appeal

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There is a long tradition of maintaining and
improving the bells at Kempston dating back
to the 1400s. We have some excellent bells at
All Saints’, Kempston, but two of the bells, the
tenor (which is the heaviest bell and weighs
17½cwt) and the 7th bell (which weighs
9½cwt) are now very old (1603 and 1633 respectively)
and in danger of cracking, which
would cause a major problem in the belfry.
The ringers have been given a very rare opportunity
to purchase two excellent bells
which come from Prinknash Abbey in
Gloucestershire; these will replace the existing
7th and tenor bells which will be rehung above
the remaining bells.
This project will make the Kempston bells one
of the best peals in the county and, at the
same time preserve the two 17th century bells
for use as service and funeral bells, thus retaining
an important link with ringing at Kempston
going back to the time of Elizabeth I

The work to be carried out will comprise:
  • removing the two old bells and hanging them on supplementary steel work above the main bell frame;
  • providing electric chiming mechanisms for both bells;
  • tuning the two new bells;
  • providing new wheels, headstocks, bearings etc. for these bells as required;
  • hanging these bells in place;
  • remedial work on existing clappers including the provision of adjusters;
  • installing a supplementary floor under the bells to reduce the sound level in the ringing room.
The contract for the work will be placed with a long established,very well-respected firm of bell hangers and all work on site will be carried out under their supervision.
We are fortunate in having members of our ringing team
experienced in bell hanging and by their voluntary work
the cost of on-site labour will be reduced.

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