Tower News

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Latest news.
The planned bell casting trip the the foundry on 14th November is postponed due to circumstances beyond our control

We are almost there!
  Four of the five new bells are funded but one is still outstanding and this presents an opportunity for an individual, a family, or company to have it cast in their name. Perhaps you have connections with Bridgwater town or St Mary's Church and would like to have a lasting memorial which will be used regularly and remain in place for hundreds of years.
The cost to fund the casting of this bell, similar to the one pictured below, is approximately £11500 to include an inscription of up to 20 letters of your choice.
If this bell is for you please use the contact page to get in touch.

21st November 2019.  Planned tree planting morning by the children of St Mary's School.  These 13 oak saplings will create St Mary's Copse and it is hoped they will, throughout their future, sequester all the carbon back into the ground that is emitted to atmosphere during the casting of 5 new bells.  A further single oak sapling will be planted in St Mary's churchyard to commemorate the whole augmentation project.

Monday 11th November.  At the tower AGM 3 bell ringers were awarded their LtR Level 1 certificates by Preb Trish Ollive.  Pictured LtoR are Gerry Huxtable, Trish Ollive, Jo Huxtable and Diane Adams.

Saturday 9th November 2019. The public unveiling of the Poppy Waterfall installation which was the idea of Margaret Lee.  The intention was to commemorate in knitted poppies the lives of 349 local servicemen who lost their lives during the great war.  However, due to the efforts of local and international knitters more than 800 knitted and crocheted poppies were produced to decorate other areas of the Church. The display was put together by the local bell ringers.

Saturday 2nd November 2019. The tower will again be open during the daytime festivities before the Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival later in the evening.

26th October 2019.  The tower was opened to visitors during the Bridgwater Hospital League of Friend fete.

14th October 2019.  Some of the ringers, and a friend, sewing poppies to be displayed in church on Remembrance Sunday.

9th October 2019.  The first Bridgwater U3A hand bell session.  This is the first of regular sessions to be held in the church every Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm.

5th October 2019.  Rob Stevenson, assistant tower captain, receiving the Luxon trophy from Chairman Freda Prime at the branch AGM. This annual award is for the best improver in the Bridgwater branch.

3rd October 2019.  First coach trip to Taylor's Bell Foundry to see the 1st and 3rd of our new bells cast

18th September 2019.  The Bridgwater Homberg Twinning Group were given a guided tour of the tower. 

13th September 2019.  St Mary's tower is open to visitors as part of national Heritage Open Days.

11th September 2019.  Margaret and Richard Lee gave a presentation to the Bridgwater Civic Society at the Victoria Community Centre.  Subjects covered were a brief history of bells and the Church, learning to ring, bell methods and the enjoyment that ringing activities provide. 

4th September 2019.  Tower Captain Margaret Lee at a site meeting with project delivery partner Stephen Adams at Rhode Farm near Bridgwater.  Rhode Farm has kindly allocated a plot of land which will accommodate 13 saplings provided by St Mary's ringers as part of their exciting bell augmentation project.  As these trees mature they will sequester more than all the carbon produced during the casting of 5 new bells which will ring out over Bridgwater, just visible in the background, for hundreds of years in the future.

25th August 2019.  Vicar Trish Ollive presented Angela Creasey with a Level 1 LtR certificate.  Also pictured is Gina Scarboro Angela's tutor.

13th August 2019. Visit by Bristol Civic Society when the members were given a ringing demonstration and a guided tour to the top of the tower for the panoramic views of Bridgwater. 

20th July 2019.  The tower will be open for guided tours during Bridgwater's Quayside Festival.

23rd June 2019.  Vicar Trish Ollive presented Johnathan Trig with Level 1 and Rob Stevenson with Level 2 LtR certificates.  Also pictured is Richard Lee tower tutor.
Pictured left to right - Richard Lee (ART Tower Tutor), Johnathan Trigg, Trish Olive and Rob Stevenson.

22nd June 2019.  Branch Improver session on Raising and Lowering.

Jane Cooke
9th July 1958 - 2nd June 2019
Honorary member of St Mary's Ringers.
A quarter peal was rung by her friends on Tuesday 18th June 2019  in celebration of her life and all she did for the tower.

15th June 2019 - St Mary's ringers enjoying an ice cream in Taunton on their tower outing.

12th June 2019 - Hand bells coming to the tower. 
If you are interested in ringing hand bells watch this space. In the autumn we will be starting a new group dedicated to hand bells in addition to our tower bell ringing activities. Use the contact page to get in touch and we will keep you up to date with our plans.

16th May 2019 - Bawdrip History Group visited the tower.  They experienced a guided tour to the top of the tower, the belfry, clock room and Church.

15th May 2019 - St Mary's Brownies visit to the tower.

13th & 14th May 2019 - Visit to the tower by pupils from year 4 at St Mary's School Bridgwater

20th July 2019 - Tower open day for the Quayside Festival

2nd May 2019 - Shapwick Cub Pack visit to the tower

24th April 2019 - Bridgwater Air Cadets visit to the tower

23rd May 2019 - St Mary's ringers and friends Ringing For England on St Georges Day.

13th April 2019 - ART course on the use of simulators held in the Sedgemoor Ringing Centre

27th April 2019 - Bridgwater Food Festival, the tower will be open during the day.