Holy Trinity, Meldreth - Bells Appeal

Restoring the most rung Church bells in the world

The bells return

The project to renovate the ring of eight bells at Meldreth is now complete. The old bells and frame were removed in April and the bells taken to Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London. There the bells were cleaned, tuned (apart from the tenor) and fully equipped with new fittings. Meanwhile, much work was needed in the tower, putting in a new floor and cutting pockets in the walls for the new beams. The bells and their new frame were installed at the end of August and the ring was rededicated by the Bishop of Ely on Saturday 3rd October. The bells sound very good and are now in a first-class condition, ready to continue ringing for the rest of the 21st century.

The pictures below show the difference in the bell chamber:

The old installation The new installation

Pictures from the work are here:
* Removal of bells and frame - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
* New floor
* Removal of old beams
* Making supports for new beams
* Visit to Whitechapel Foundry
* Installation of new beams
* Concreting in beam ends
* Bells and frame return - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday
* First try-out of bells

Video of the return of the bells:

A report in the Royston Crow on the start of the work is here.

We are hugely grateful to all those who have supported this project financially, raising at total of about £83,000. We have received major grants from the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers, from the AmeyCespa Community Fund and from the TTP Group. The project has also been supported by Meldreth Parish Council, the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, the West Anglia Guild and the Sharpe Trust, as well as many extremely generous donations from locals and from ringers past and present.

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