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A Quarter Peal with half muffled bells was rung at St Giles Church Dallington on Wednesday evening 8th October to give thanks for the life of the Reverend Lord John Wrenbury, who died peacefully at home on 27th September 2014, aged 87 years. Funeral Service to be held at St Giles’ Church, Dallington on Saturday 11th October at 2.30 p.m. No flowers please, but donations, if desired, payable to Dallington PCC, for St Giles’ Church, may be sent c/o C. Waterhouse & Sons, High Street, Burwash, TN19 7ET. Tel: 01435 882219.

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(Posted on behalf of Diana Day)

As you may know, Dallington church is having its tower and steeple re-pointed. During this time there will be interior and exterior scaffolding, prohibiting all ringing. Our silence will be deafening between 22/4/213 to 8/10/13.

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(Report from Diana Day)
On Wednesday 24/10/2012 the Bishop of Lewes attended Dallington church, to celebrate the formation of the new benefice of Dallington, Warbleton and Bodle Street Green.
The Bellringers hid themselves away as they rang a 1/4 peal of Grandsire Doubles to celebrate and welcome Marc Lloyd. We would have liked to show everyone the sight of us ringing but we needed to concentrate very hard as we have not rung this before as a local band. Jill Sales conducted the band and I’m glad to say we were successful. We rang 1260 changes in 41 minutes.

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(Posted on behalf of Diana Day):

23 intrepid explorers from Dallington, Brightling and Warbleton, (bellringers and friends) made their way to Whitechapel in East London to visit the Bell Foundry. This is one of only two foundries still in existence in the UK. Here we were shown around by the owner Alan Hughes, on a 90 minute tour including the moulding, casting, and tuning areas. We were lucky enough to see the ring of bells that will precede the Queen’s barge as it makes its way up the Thames. This ring of 8 bells were in the assembly area, along with the steelwork of the frame, which included the wooden wheels in situ. Eventually these bells will be installed in a church in Garlickhythe, London, unless they lose them overboard! We then went upstairs to a very Dickensian attic where the carpenter works on all the wooden parts of the installation, wheels, stays, sliders and pulleys to name a few. Lower down was the hand bell assembly area where it is possible to have 9 octaves put together for your enjoyment. Hand bells make up one quarter of their sales.

For some of the ringers, those who had the stamina, there was an opportunity to ring at one of the London towers, St Katherine Cree, a quite new ring of six bells, in Leadenhall Street. Everyone rang at their best, this was a lovely finish to the day. We were very lucky with the weather sunshine all the way.

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[Posted on behalf of Diana Day]

Dallington Bellringers rang a 1/4 peal for David and Marion Bysouth for their 60th Wedding Anniversary, on 10/03/2012. They lived in Three Cups until very recently, where David was the local wheelwright, they moved up the road to Punnetts Town last year. David has been a bellringer at Warbleton and Dallington. We rang 1280 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 43 minutes, conducted by John Day. The rest of the ringers were, Diana Day, Jill Sales, Ian and Marjorie Sharp and Margaret McCarthy.

 

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(posted on behalf of Diana Day)
The bellringers have been busy just lately. We have rung 2 x 1/4 peals at St Giles, Dallington.

First on 30/01/2012 we rang 1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles
This was John Day’s first as conductor and the first on the bells by a local band.
The ringers were; Ian Sharp, Jill Sales, Marjorie Sharp, Diana Day, John Day and David Wilson.

The second 1/4 was for Her Majesty the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.
This was rung on 10/02/2012 by the same band, again 1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles but a different composition.

The Eastern Division of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers, of which we are members, hope to ring 60 x1/4 peals for Her Majesty during the month of February, in as many towers as possible.
We are proud to have achieved our 1/4 peal.

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(Report from Margaret McCarthy, forwarded by Diana Day)
It is well known that the structure of a church tower needs constant maintenance, but so do the bells that live inside.

With this in mind David Cleverly, David Wilson and myself along with would-be steeple-keepers from Dallington, Brightling, Hailsham and Northiam went off to  All Saints Church in Hastings to attend a Bell Maintenance Course.  David knows quite a bit already  – I knew nothing, but equipped with a brand new pair of rather fetching overalls I was prepared for anything, even the 50-odd steps up the tower.

It is an awe-inspiring experience entering the belfry (it is said that the word has nothing to do with bells but comes from an old word meaning a wooden siege tower).  The bells are huge and powerful and packed in to a surprisingly small space.  They are made of an alloy called Bell Metal, which is a combination of about 80% copper and 20% tin – both very expensive.

During the course of the morning apart from the inevitable Health and Safety, we heard about all the things that need regular attention in order to keep the bells and the metal or wooden frame that houses them in good condition (a ring of bells will typically involve 1-5 tons of moving metal which apparently counts as “heavy machinery”) – bearings, wheels, stays, sliders, pulleys, gudgeon pins, headstocks, nuts, bolts and ropes to name but a few and of course not forgetting the bells themselves.

Regular jobs include sweeping, greasing, oiling, polishing, rust removal, nut tightening and painting.  Major works, such as re-hanging the bells, is  expected every 50 – 100 years depending on how well they have been maintained.  Routine maintenance isn’t difficult but needs time and many hands to make light work of it. It’s good to know that by doing it the nation’s heritage is being preserved for generations to come – without the bells weddings, christenings, funerals, Sunday services and national celebrations just wouldn’t be the same.

I’ll get my overalls on ….

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