The refurbishment proposal is as follows:
Dismantling The Bells
Once trap-ways have been constructed in the bell chamber and ringing chamber floors, the six bells and their fittings will be dismantled, lowered to the ground and removed from the tower.The bells and fittings will then be transported to the bellhangers works. To keep costs down, volunteer labour will be used to assist the bellhanger in dismantling and lowering of the bells and old fittings.
The 3rd, 4th, 5th and tenor bells still have remnants of their cast-in crown staples, which will be removed as much as is practically possible to prevent cracking of the bell in the future. The chief partial tones of each bell will carefully be adjusted by the bell foundry in their tuning machine, to improve the tone of each bell and ensure the complete ring is in tune with itself. Machined resin pads will be fitted to the crowns of bells 2 to 6 ready for their new headstocks. All the bells will be drilled such that the bells are turned when re-hung to present an unworn sufrace to the blows of their respective clappers.
The existing bell frame will be checked over and tightened as necessary. The bell frame will be cleaned and repainted using voluntary labour.
The treble bell has a modern headstock and ball bearings, so the existing bearing housings will be modified to increase 'end float'. The ball races will be replaced, re-greased and new seals fitted. Bells 2 to 6 will have new fabricated headstocks fitted with fixed steel gudgeons, ball bearings and clapper adjustment screws for even striking.
All the bells will receive:
- New supporting bolts, nuts and washers.
- Independent crown staple units.
- Ductile iron clappers.
- Hardwood pulley units.
- Slider pins to prevent the sliders lifting.
- Dry ash stays and sliders and hardwood runner boards.
The existing bell wheels will be adapted and re-rimmed and fitted with new braces.
Re-Hanging The Bells
The bells will be transported from the bellhangers works to the Church. The bells will be hoisted into the tower and hung with their fittings in the bell frame. The existing rope-ways will be modified and new bosses fitted where required. The clappers will be set up for even ringing. To keep costs down, volunteer labour will be used to assist the bellhanger with the hoisting and re-hanging of the bells.
The bells will be tested both singly and together and then will be ready for ringing once again.