Saturday, 9 May 2020

VE75 Ringing of the Barnham Broom Bells

The ringing of the Barnham Broom Bells using the Ellacombe Chimes to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The sound of the bells from outside
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The sound of the bells striking 7
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Ben using the Ellacombe Chimes
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With thanks to Ben Curtis and his family for the videos and permission to publish them

#VEDay75


Friday, 8 May 2020

Ringing for VE75

Listen out for the bells of Barnham Broom at 7pm tonight.

With the slight change to the church restrictions we have been given permission to do this.

As well as restoring our bells, we restored the Ellacombe Chimes.
This is a way for one person to ring all our bells via a set of ropes and hammers.

Ben Curtis was the last person to ring our bells before they were lowered and taken away for restoration.
He will be ringing the bells this evening using the Ellacombe chimes to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.



Saturday, 21 December 2019

Film premiere of The Bells of Barnham Broom


The story of how we achieved our goal of restoring and ringing our Bells to celebrate the Centenary of the Armistice in November 2018 has been captured on camera.


The film of   “The Bells of Barnham Broom” will be shown on the 3rd January at Barnham Broom Village Hall NR9 4BU.


Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.  


The film will be presented by Producer Richard Kennan.
Entrance is free and refreshments will be available after the show.








JUNE TO DECEMBER 2019 UPDATE



With the safety of our bell ringers and visitors to our bells in mind, we’ve used our surplus funds on repairs to the bell tower stairs and West Window. The window repairs were done in time for the bells to ring for our Carol Service on Sunday 8th December and then again for the School Carol Service. Monday night ringing practices are now back in Barnham Broom.




 



















Our bells will be ringing on Christmas Morning ahead of the service.

As well as human visitors to the bell chamber, we have had a blue tit which seemed to like taking selfies on one of the cameras and a long eared brown bat which has taken up residence and is now in hibernation.

On the 3rd January, the film of The Bells of Barnham Broom will be shown at Barnham Broom Village Hall NR9 4BU. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.  The film will be presented by Producer Richard Kennan. Entrance is free and refreshments will be available after the show.

Our Barnham Broom Community Fund events committee are continuing to bring the village together in social events that help raise funds for the local community.  Since June there has been a chance to meet the Community Fund events committee, an Afternoon Tea and Open Gardens, a Village Fun Day, a Yard Sale, a Quiz Night and Prize Bingo. Most recently the Christmas Capers event included a special visit from Father Christmas and entertainment by The D'Capo choir and the Windmill Handbell Ringers. The next event will be a Quiz Night in March 2020.

Our thanks to the bell ringers for ringing the bells at services throughout the year and to all who continue to support us.


Friday, 31 May 2019

JANUARY TO MAY 2019 UPDATE

Ringing on Easter Sunday

Our bells are now ringing regularly: ahead of services, by visiting ringers and to help train our ringers on Monday evenings. There was a full peal of bells rung on 6th March which took 2 hours 38 minutes for the 5,040 changes.
See https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1274541 for details. The only other full peal was rung in 1970.

As well as ringing out to welcome everyone to the Licensing of Rev Dr Louisa Pittman as Assistant Curate on 27th March, they rang again in a quarter peal after the service.

Our ringers are also joining others to ring ahead of se
The ringers outing route
rvices at other local churches, such as Garvestone and Reymerston. Some joined other local ringers for a ringers outing to visit and ring at 7 churches in Suffolk on Saturday, 11th May.

Having received the final refunds from the taxman on top of the final payment of our Heritage Lottery Fund grant, our committee met again in April to agree how the funds in hand could extend our restoration project. With the safety of our bell ringers and visitors to our bells in mind, repairs to the bell tower stairs and window sill are our priority. With the Wi-Fi issue resolved, the cameras installed in the bell tower are now in action.

As the Barnham Broom Community Fund, our events committee are continuing to bring the village together in social events that help raise funds for the local community.  Following on from a recent quiz, there will be:

Saturday 15th June 2pm to 4pm at the Village Hall. A chance to meet up over a cuppa and cake and talk about what sort of events you would like to see in the future and volunteer your help.

Saturday 29th June 3pm to 5pm.  Afternoon Tea at Home Farm with Tea, cakes and a raffle. Entry on the door. £5 per person £2.50 children under 12.
  
Sunday 11 August 12noon to 5pm at the Village Hall and Playing Fields. A Village Fun Day with lots of fun for all the family. Children's entertainer Stevie Spud, games and races for everyone, BBQ by Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club, Beer Tent by The Bell Public House, tea and cakes, ice cream and lots more. Free Entry.

Please come and support our events. A chance to meet up, have fun and support our community.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Our December Newsletter


As 2018 draws to a close, see the latest on our restoration project from our latest Newsletter. From raising the restored bells, to ringing for peace on Remembrance Sunday and beyond.

See the Newsletters page on our blog for this and previous Newsletters.

If you would prefer a copy of each Newsletter as it is issued via email, please contact bbbells.appeal@gmail.com to be included on our distribution list.

Our latest Newsletter is here: Newsletter 13 (Dec 2018)

Friday, 21 December 2018

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE

the tower lit up

Our bells rang out before the 6pm Carol Service with the D’Capo choir on Sunday 9th December.  


With the tower lit up, it was possible to both see and hear the bells as the congregation arrived. The school hand chimes, purchased with our Lottery grant, could also be heard as part of the service. They were played by members of the choir.  Many stayed for mulled wine and nibbles afterwards.





getting ready to ring
rehearsal with chimes before the service












Our new bell ringers will be helping to ring bells at many of our local churches on the run up to Christmas and New Year, with our Barnham Broom bells ringing on the 17th before the School Carol Service and again on Christmas Day.
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