Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Refurbishment

The proposal is to to re-hang and re-tune the bells.


To achieve this, the broad plan is to split the refurbishment into four phases:

Phase 1 - Construct New Trap Ways
There is currently no way to easily remove the bells from the tower.  The bell chamber has no trap way and and the trap way in the ringing chamber floor is too small for all the bells to pass through.  It is probable that new trap ways will have to be constructed which will allow the bells to be lowered down to the ground floor of the tower.

Phase 2 - Dismantle The Bells
The six bells and their fittings will be dismantled and lowered to the ground floor of the tower.  The bells and their fittings will then be transported to the bellhangers works.  The bellhanger will be assisted by volunteer labour.

Phase 3 - Tuning The Bells, Preparing The Fittings And Frame
The six bells will be taken to the bell foundry for tuning.  This will ensure that the bells are in tune with each other and that the bells also have an improved tone.  New headstocks and bearings will be provided for bells 2 to 6.  The treble bell has a modern headstock so will just be provided with new bearings.  New clappers will be provided for all the bells.  The existing bell wheels will be re-rimmed.  Whilst the bells are away for tuning the existing bell frame will be cleaned and painted.  This will be done by volunteer labour.

Phase 4 - Re-hang The Bells
The six bells and their fittings will be transported back from the bell hanger to the Church.  The bells will be hoisted into the bell chamber and re-hung in the bell frame.  New pulley units,stays and sliders will be fitted.  The rope-ways will be modified as required and the clappers set up for even ringing.  The bellhanger will be assisted by volunteer labour.

The bells will then be ready for ringing once again.

To find out more about our proposed refurbishment please click here.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Welcome

This blog site is dedicated to keeping you up to date with the progress of our project to refurbish the Church Bells at St. Peter & St. Paul Flitwick.  It has been over 100 years since the bells were re-hung, and many of the current fixtures and fittings still date from that time.  We are about to embark on a major refurbishment project to re-hang and re-tune the bells, so that we can continue to enjoy the sound of the bells ringing out for Sunday services, weddings and practices for the next 100 years.


We hope that you find this blog informative and will continue to take an interest as we progress with fundraising and commence the work.  We would really appreciate any and all donations to help us undertake this exciting project.

To find out more about the history of the bells please click here.