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St Mary's Bells - want to know more or learn to ring?
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The bellringers at St. Mary's meet every Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm and on Sunday mornings from 9.15-10am. Bellringing provides both physical and mental exercise. At Calne St. Mary, the first exercise is in climbing the 50 tower steps up to the ringing chamber. Bellringing itself provides upper body exercise, as well as mental stimulation and social interaction. We offer free training and are always pleased to welcome new recruits. Go to : - http://calnestmarybells.btck.co.uk for more information
At Calne we have 8 bells (known as a 'ring of 8'). The heaviest bell is the tenor, which weighs about 23 cwt. The oldest bell is the 'sanctus' bell which is rung just before services; this is approximately 500 years old. The next two oldest bells are the treble and 5th, which were cast in 1707.
If you want to make a donation to our Calne Bells and Clock Project then click on the 'donate' button.
We are planning a major restoration project for the bells and the clock. The aim of the restoration project is to make sure that the bells and clock are in use for many years to come. This is to be achieved by:
This project will not involve any changes to the outside of the tower, but will require a remodelling of the inside. The work involved will cost nearly £200,000 and we will be applying for grants, as well as asking for donations from individuals and local businesses.
Anyone is welcome to come and watch the ringing or to see the bells by arrangement.
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