Village News

The Bells, The Bells

“The project to replace the existing heavy, hard going bells with a lighter, more manageable ring is about to bear fruit.  The existing 6 bells are due to be taken down over the 19th/20th April and it is hoped that the new bells will be hung by the end of June.  The new ring will comprise four redundant bells, originally cast in 1934 at the Whitechapel foundry as a chime for the News of the World building in Bouverie Street London, and then in the 1960s given to All Saints Murston in Kent, plus the existing treble and 2nd which will be retuned as the 3rd and 4th of the new ring.  The work is being carried out by Matthew Higby & Co Ltd.

Whilst the bells are out the band will hold its Monday night practice at Manston.”

The Bells The Bells update

On the 11th May 1887 a new set of six bells, were dedicated by the Bishop of Salisbury in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Since then they have been heard on numerous state occasions, marked the end of two World Wars and been rung in celebration of countless marriages. For generations they have called the living to remember the dead. Today for the first time in 130+ years they were lowered to the ground never to ring in St Nicholas belfry again. The operation proceeded smoothly and a number of villagers came to witness the event, with Bob Crighton who has organised the bells appeal on hand throughout. [Consent to publish obtained by covwscoordinator]

The Bells before removal. The cramped nature of the belfry can be seen.

In 1928 the bells were renovated and those who carried out the work left their signatures on the belfry wall.








Beginning the drop.


On the way down







Nearly there




Safe and sound









A job well done.

Consent obtained to publish on website,

Some of your parish councillors were out in the sunshine today working! Yes – they and some of their family members were preparing and painting the play equipment on the QE11 Playing Field.

Consent obtained to publish on website.

Sadly it did not all go to plan as the following email explains

“Someone’s taken down the tape AAARGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Latest report….stop press….Sadly someone has seen fit to remove the hazard tape and wet paint sign….the paint has not fully hardened and has been damaged . C’est  la vie. Ive re hazard taped the flooring repair which is not yet hardened.

We can only do our best.”

Oh well, at least they tried and surely they deserve congratulations for the work they have done.



Dorset Police has launched a new online knowledgbase designed to help the public find answers to common enquiries and guide them to the right agency. Noise Neigbours, parking issues, animal welfare its all on the site


Page updated on 08/04/2018

Comments are closed.