We’ve just received an update from the foundry on the state of our bells – they have now been moved to the tuning shop, but are waiting in bit of a queue. There are 8 other bells to be tuned first, so it is not expected that our bells will be looked at until just after Easter. The new headstocks have all been cast and are just waiting for their gudgeons to be fitted. The new section of frame has also been cast and will be machined to size very soon.
Meanwhile, back in St James’ preparation work continues – the frame has been receiving some attention in the form of brushing/rubbing down while we get ready to paint it. Also the ‘viewing platform’ which was installed directly onto the bell frame during the church restoration, has now been largely dismantled ready to be lifted into its new higher position to allow the new bells in.