The bells of St Mary's have rung out across Bridgwater for generations - the oldest bell still in weekly use at our tower was cast an incredible 400 years ago!
We feel our bells are a link to our shared past, and it's good to know the bells you hear every Sunday morning are the very same ones calling out to our parents, grandparents and older ancestors for generations.
It is this link with our shared past - and our hopes for the future - which have spurred us to reach out to you.
Our tower is looking to expand. Recently awarded training tower status, our bells are in use more than ever. And to help more people learn this rewarding skill, we need more bells!
Although we are a forward-looking tower, we are very proud of our Bridgwater past. We are looking to commemorate that past in a fitting way as an integral part of our projecct to increase the number of bells in the tower from eight to 13.
In our ringing room is a record of past ringers who have completed 'peals' - marathon ringing sessions several hours long! It is a constant reminder and link to those who went before us. On those boards are names that also appear in the St George Chapel of the church, as three of our ringers sadly perished fighting in the Great War.
We have already managed to raise around £86,000 of the £194,505 needed to expand our tower.
We are asking anyone with links to our church, tower and town to help us with a donation to make the new bells a reality. We are suggesting a donation of £100, however all sums will help us reach our goal.
For example, a single bell costs around £9,000, whereas equipment to make them function such as stays and sliders cost around £50, so as you see everything will be put to good use!
If you are interested in our project or our ringing tower, please visit our website at www.stmarysbells.org.uk - if you would like to contribute to our fund to commemmorate an Great War ancestor in our new bells, please contact Margaret Lee, Tower Captain, on 07811244093.