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Bell ringers


Bell Ringers - Their principal role is to ring for Sunday services at St James the Great Church, Longburton.
Practice nights are normally the first and third Wednesday of the month but these are subject to change (check beforehand).

History of the Bells:-        

From 1976 the bells of Longburton were silent for nearly 15 years until a band of dedicated volunteers trained as bell ringers and commenced Sunday service bell ringing. Not content with that achievement, they then went on to fund raise an amazing £12,000 to add 2 new bells to the 4 existing bells.

This is their story:-

Fund raising begins April 1991
Coffee morning and open tower
Gerald Pitman leads a guided tour of Sherborne
Village fete September 1991
Village fete
The craft tent

Village fete Sherborne town band
Village fete
The Diddymen

Harvest supper October 1991
To the bell foundry to see the casting of the bells
The journey 
The bell foundry
Tour of the foundry
Casting of the bells
The bells arrive at Longburton April 1992
Bells taken to the Church
 On the floor of the ringing chamber
Mr R Herbert Smith shown the treble bell dedicated to his wife Rosamond
The bells begin their journey to the top of the tower
The bells are ready for ringing
The new treble bell
In memory of Rosamond Herbert Smith

The second bell From the People of Longburton
Food for the Celebration
The Celebration cake
Close up of the Celebration cake
Gathering at the Church for the Dedication of the new bells
The Dedication of the new bells by the Bishop of Sherborne 26th July 1992
 After the Dedication
The Right Reverend John Kirkham greets Mr Robert Herbert Smith
 The Bishop cuts the Celebration cake
Details of the
6 bells of St James the Great Longburton