So pleased bells to out ring again
I WAS delighted to read in The Sentinel about the launch of a project to restore the 10 bells of the former church of St John, Hanley, to create a centre for teaching the art of change ringing.
The article mentioned a campaign in The Ringing World which supported moving the bells to Stone.
That 'campaign' was motivated by a desire on the part of bell ringers nationwide to see the fine, but long derelict, Gillett & Johnston bells saved and returned to ringing condition.
At that time, it seemed their most likely fate would be to remain silent and 'entombed' forever in the disused tower at Hanley. Thankfully, that prospect has now changed dramatically.
The concept of establishing a ringing teaching centre as part of the church conversion at Hanley is a brilliant and imaginative one.
If it succeeds, it will provide an interesting and valuable heritage resource for local people, as well as ensuring the future of a great peal of bells in its original home.
Congratulations are due to Simon Linford and everyone involved in developing this exciting scheme. I wish it well and feel optimistic that bell ringers everywhere will support it generously.
Editor, The Ringing World,
(The Weekly Journal for Church Bell Ringers)