Update on the new ninth bell at St Andrews

The Diocese recently granted us the faculty to replace the cracked ninth bell at St Andrew’s. The bell foundry atWhitechapel were then able to cast the new bell on 22ndNovember but have confirmed that it will not installed until early in the New Year. A few of the bell ringers and congregation were lucky enough to go to watch the casting.

Ringing at Baroness Thatcher’s Funeral

One of our bell ringers, Clive Stephenson, had the honour of ringing at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on 17thApril. He was actually ringing at St Clement Danes in The Strand, which is the RAF church. The bells started ringing as the funeral procession left Westminster and continued until it’s arrival at St Clement Danes where there was a short service. The coffin was then transferred to a gun carriage and the bells rang again as she continued her journey to St Paul’s for the funeral service proper.