“Sunday 19th March is a day of welcome, thanks and celebration as we dedicate the new bells and carillon to the service of God and his Church in a special service led by Bishop Peter at 2.30pm this Sunday afternoon. We welcome Deputy Lieutenant Lt Col Mike Motum, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, the many donors and sponsors and all who attend this afternoon’s service and particularly the bellringers from all over the county and beyond to enjoy ringing the bells after the service.
We give thanks for the faith and hope of not only those working on the project but also the very many people from even as far afield as Australia who shared and supported our vision of a new set of bells. The carillon will play two sponsored tunes – ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Who Would True Valour See’ – before the 10.00am service along with the tunes specially chosen by church groups. The bell sponsors, or their representatives from St Mary’s bellringers, will ring the bells during the service as part of the act of dedication.
Bells play an important role in the mission of the church for, as their sound rings out beyond the church, they bear witness to the Christian message to all who hear them. They call out to both those who would like to come to church but cannot through frailty or illness and those who are not regular church-goers and may not even be Christians. A surprising number of donations, particularly towards the Somerset bell, have come from those who are not members of our church but say they just like to hear the bells ring and the memories that they bring.
We were pleased to see the arrival of the World War 1 memorial bell last week. Do look at the various displays around the church this weekend giving the story of the project. The tower CCTV will be on showing the bells in action as the bellringers ring them from the new ringing room.
So let us celebrate our new bells and carillon.
“Let the bells ring out!”
Rosemary Tuhey, Tower Captain