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Open Tower Day at Little Paxton – December 17th 2011

It was a day that all of us involved in the tower project  at Little Paxton   had been looking forward to. Although the work had got a bit behind schedule the bells were well and truly ready to be rung on the morning of December 17th and many people came along to hear our new ringing team in action.

By 11.00am there was a queue of people wanting to climb the tower spiral staircase to see the bells and clock, but they had to wait till the bells had stopped ringing before going up. Mr Ken Heley, deputy church warden, was on hand all day to take people up and down and show them the new peal of 6 and clock bell as well as the refurbished clock.

Down in the nave there were several festive stalls which enjoyed good custom and all the proceeds went to the Church For Tomorrow Project.

Here is June Griffin who proudly pulls one of the bells… June hopefully wont mind me mentioning that she was 80 last week and didnt start learning to ring till she was 79 years old. Big congratulations June!

Here are four of the Little Paxton ringing team from left to right;

June Griffin, Debbie Ellis ( Tower Captain) Mary Parnum ( also a ringer at Eaton Socon)  and “Steeple Keeper Alan Smith”. Not pictured are Eric Young and Owen who will also be regular ringers in the team.There are several new recruits too who will be learning on the bells in the New Year… more are alwasy welcome!

The view from the west gallery looking towards the east window.

Little Paxton Ringer Tony Payne under the watchful eye of George Bonham, Tower Captain at St Neots and one of the Paxton Band’s trainers.

Also present was Wendy Piercy who is Tower Captain at Eaton Socon.

She and George have been training the new team over the past months mostly at Eaton Socon.

From 4.30pm we were delighted that visiting ringers came from across the country for ” a pull” – the first visitor who signed the book was from Exeter Cathedral. Several towers in the area had been open all afternoon for the visitors.

It was lovely to hear the bells ringing today before the 9.15am service.

Last week a reporter called Glenn from Radio Cambridge came out to record the bells and his recording plus some interviews with myself and Ken Heley were broadcast early this sunday morning.

There will be another tower open day on January 21st… there simply wasnt time to get everyone up who wanted to see the bells!

December 18, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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