As Pam Ayres might say, “Me old clapper’s had it!”
You will have noticed that in recent weeks we have been without a bell. Sadly, the mechanism which holds and allows the clapper
to ring the bell has perished, rusted away.
The PCC has decided to look at alternatives to having the clapper repaired and has asked Smith of Derby to quote for what is described as a two-speaker electronic system. Whilst to the purist this may sound absolutely awful and totally unpalatable,
there are advantages to having an electronic system.
The electronic system can be programmed to ring The Angelus at 12 noon and 6:00 pm (It will also ring it at 6:00 am but we are considerate to our neighbours!), and at Eastertide, it will ring the Regina Coeli. This is only a part of what
the system can do; it can also be programmed to ring hymn/carol tunes; wedding peals; service tolls (the 5-minute bell); funeral slow toll (also for Remembrance Sunday).