Sunday, 1 July 2012

free eXchange cafe - pilgrimage - 1 July 2012

Today we celebrated the launch of the Bishop's Olympic - Seeking Gold - Dorset Pilgrimage Trail. Bishop of Sherborne, Graham Kings, was joined by triathelete, Revd James Stephenson, to dedicate the route which begins at the shrine of St Candida/ St Wite /St Gwenn- an ancient place of pilgrimage known as a centre of healing and prayer for more than 1000 years.

A happy coincidence too that the launch occurred on the same day as the free eXchange cafe which is held in St Candida and Holy Cross on the first Sunday each month from May-November.

The cafe is a local community event - we meet each month to connect with neighbours and share in the free exchange of ideas - and at the same we share and swap surplus plants and produce - all with good coffee or tea and pastries!

The 'Seeking Gold' pilgrimage route links up ten Dorset churches - each with interesting historic references - encouraging Olympic visitors to collect a pilgrim badge from each church.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Return of the Bells to Whitchurch

An exciting day as the lorry bringing our bells arrives at the church. With lots of help from the ringers and villagers the bells and all the new fittings are unloaded and carried into the church. The bell hanger from Taylors, sets up the hoists and gradually all the new parts are lifted up to the ringing chamber. Then one by one the bells are raised up to the frame. Over the next few days the wheels and clappers are fixed in place.
Another week and the bells should be ready to peal out again over the Marshwood Vale.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Bellringers Visit Taylors Bell Foundry

The bell ringers organised a trip to Taylors Bell Foundry to have a tour around the foundry and see our bells. Work is progressing well ,the new headstocks have been cast and the new wheels will soon be made. The bells have had resin casts applied so that they move more smoothly and tuning has been done. The highlight of the day was watching our new 6th bell being cast. In fact two bells were cast on the same day so there were also supporters from St.Mary Castro Church, and everyone found it a fascinating process. It is amazing that bells are cast in exactly the same way now as they have been for centuries. Our bell ringers have now seen history being made.