Holy Trinity Bells
Tower Captain: Brian Kingshott
The Holy Trinity bells are rung before
9:45 Eucharist every Sunday as long as we can raise 6 fit ringers. The bell ringers practise most Thursday evenings for an hour, starting at 8:00 pm and
adjourning to the Jolly Farmer promptly at 9:00 pm. New ringers are needed. Contact the church office or Rev'd Andy Davis to volunteer or find out more.
The ringers are
available to ring for weddings and special occasions as required.
The bells were retuned and rehung in 2017 and rededicated at a special service in February 2018.
To coincide with the 275th anniversary of the first installation of bells at Holy Trinity, and to help raise funds both for the bell re-tuning and rehanging in 2017 and also for the Church, Richard Seaborne compiled a book entitled Holy Trinity Bramley - The Church and its Bells. This is still on sale for £8.99. Please contact the Parish Office during opening hours (9.00am - 1.00pm Monday and Thursday) or the author if you would like a copy.
At Holy Trinity Bramley bells have been rung from the tower for 275 years. They remind everyone who hears them that the church is alive, and they ring regularly to announce that worship is taking place and also ring for weddings, festivals, special and national events.
The bells are rung ‘full circle’ in a uniquely English manner, part of our cultural heritage. We have 6 bells, the heaviest ‘Tenor’ bell weighing about 8.5 cwts. Metal from the 5 original bells was recast in 1911 (the Tenor in 1891) when a new cast iron frame replaced the original timber supports. Associated with the bells are a host of fittings – wheels, stays, headstocks etc. all in timber. Since 1911 very little had changed, and age took its toll to make the bells very difficult to ring. To modern standards they were not only difficult to ring but, because tuning techniques 105 years ago were a bit crude, the bells sounded musically poor. The major works in 2017-18 were needed to improve the handling of the bells, improve the sound quality (retune), to ensure they were safe and relatively maintenance free and to bring the peal of bells up to modern standards.
None of that work would have been possible without the support and financial backing of so many individuals and organisations. We give our sincere thanks to all involved – through their hard work, dedication and generosity we have achieved our goal and rejoice that we have a richer, fuller sound from the restored bells.
AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGHT
A unique view of the Holy Trinity bells, seen on the morning of Thursday 12th October 2017, after the bells were lowered from the tower on the previous day and placed in the north aisle of the church before going to be refurbished.