The bells will ring out on New Year’s Eve

December 24th, 2008 David

It was a great to hear the bells ringing briefly on Monday night – for the first time since the earthquake back in February. Bell-ringer Roy Rayson tells me it was a test to make sure they’re okay for a full peal on New Year’s Eve. Which is really good news.

It was the bell-ringers that first discovered the damage to the spire. A large block of masonry dislodged by the quake had smashed into the main wooden wheel. It was only this Monday that Roy and his friends were finally given the go-ahead to refit the repaired wheel and test the bells. Thankfully, all went well.

Roy says they will start ringing the six bells with muffles on at 20 past 11 on New Year’s Eve. At 10 to 12 they’ll take the muffles off. And at the stroke of midnight they will give them a series of full ‘all-out’ peals to celebrate the New Year.

He added that they’re expecting a strong team of bell-ringers for this very special occasion. It’s a long tradition that villagers and revellers from the two pubs join hands for a giant (and sometimes risky :o ) ‘ring-a-ring-a-roses’ on the cross-roads. It promises to be a real night to remember.

PS. BBC East Midlands has asked me to email any photos of the celebration for them to feature on local news. I’m no photographer, so if anyone can help with this, please get in touch.

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The builders reach the pinnacle

December 23rd, 2008 David

Getting thereToday is Wednesday 23rd December and the spire is virtually complete. The builders have been working flat-out for the last few weeks. It’s a great pity that the church won’t have shed its scaffolding in time for Christmas. But it’s been wonderful to see the work advance so quickly.

The builders tell me they’ll be back between Christmas and New Year to cement in the large stone ball at the pinnacle, and fix the weather cock back on its perch high over the village.

Click here to view slideshow 8.

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Poetic memories

November 17th, 2008 David

Church photoMany thanks to Tina for sharing both her evocative poem remembering the earthquake that damaged the church spire, and her photo montage.


from our peaceful slumber
by shaking wall
and trembling tiles,
quaking deep
within the ground,
in these placid isles.

Trapped in time
like flies in amber,
our thoughts
go ever circling round,
as life itself,
the yearly seasons,

yet still
we search
for hidden reasons.

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I’m taking cover!

November 12th, 2008 David

It seems I’ve upset some people by trying to explain why this little web project recording the repair of our earthquake-damaged church spire has ground to a halt. The reasons for the apparent discord between the church, the builders, the sub-contractors and the architects have nothing to do with me. And from my recent experience, I’d really like to keep it that way.

I’m not a church goer. My only interest is that I live opposite the church and love anything to do with local history. And since the church is our oldest building, and I build websites for a living, I thought it would be a good opportunity to combine a little work with a little pleasure.

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