At a wonderfully joyful service on Friday 25 August the restored ring of six bells in the Dorset village of Shroton were re-dedicated to God by the Bishop of Sherborne, the Right Reverend Karen Gorham.
The local community came together to celebrate the culmination of a project to have the bells rehung and the tenor recast. The inscription on the recast tenor bell refers to two former tower captains, John Houghton and George Dennis.
Before the service and after the bells were rung by the local benefice ringers and visitors, including the Guild President, Master and Secretary. The culmination of the service was when the Bishop entered the ringing chamber and rededicated the bells (all six ropes tied together with a red ribbon), after which the bells were rung by the local band as the congregation sang Unchanging God.
After the service tributes and applause for all who had contributed to the project, especially Malcolm Trowbridge, the tower captain, for his hard work, determination and leadership of the project. Due praise was also given to Taylors who had undertaken the work with Simon Adams, a Director, being present.
A first quarter peal by a local band has been rung and a first peal is not far away. Afterwards everyone enjoyed refreshments and watching the bells in action on the CCTV.
Guild Publicity Officer, Salisbury DG