Cheltenham Minster bells rung for the first time

Tuesday 29th August 2017 was a very exciting day – the test ringing of the new bells at Cheltenham Minster. The old bells rang for the last time at new year, since when the new bells, frame and fittings have been made and the inside of the tower gutted, cleaned and new floors installed. Finally, with everything installed we were ready for the first ringing.

The back eight were rung up in peal first – I don’t think more than a ...

What’s happened this week – 17th April

Dewsbury Minster have appointed Exaudite to get the necessary quotations to get the repair work to the cracked third done.

St Margaret Mary, Perry Common have appointed Exaudite to undertake the replacement of the mechanical tolling hammer with an electomagnetic hammer and electronic tolling unit.

An inspection of the ring of three bells at Long Whatton has been done and recommendations made for repair and refurbishment.

A progress check has been made with Taylors bellfoundry on the new bells for Cheltenham Minster. The ...

A cracked bell and a piano move.

I was asked to inspect a bell with a potential crack in it at Dewsbury on Thursday. Unfortunately, when I got to look closely at it I found that there were several cracks all emanating from the bolt holes to a degree that I thought it was unsafe to continue ringing the bell. The tone had suffered too (the fundamental was non-existent). I’ve made my recommendations to the minster authorities – hopefully we can move forward quickly to get the ...


There is always something different to do at Broadwoods! Last Monday we were cleaning and key easing a new build clavichord that had been in storage for a while. The plan is that the plain case will soon be getting decorative paintwork.

Leicester Guild bell maintenance course

Saturday 11th March saw a group of enthusiastic ringers gathered at Ratby. Not for ringing, but for this year’s Guild maintenance course; I enjoy these occasions so was delighted when Mark Pendery, the Guild president, asked me to run the course again. This year we had representatives from a wide area – Ratby, Wigston Magna, Leicester St Margarets, Long Whatton, Great Bowden, Markfield and Stathern.

I started by giving a brief health and safety talk about what is essentially common sense, ...

Squirrels in the belfry!

I’ve had some unusual phone calls about bells in my time, but the one I got recently was up there in the top ten. It was a call from the secretary of the Belgrave Hall Conservation Area Society who also has care of the redundant church of St Peter’s. He was puzzled one day when he went into the church to find that a number of the bell ropes had apparently broken themselves and were lying on the floor in ...

Good news at Cheltenham

Excellent news for the Cheltenham project! They must have liked my submission.

Dear Reg

I am pleased to inform you that the consultation process we carried out resulted in no adverse comments. I suggest that the detailed faculty submission is now prepared.

I look forward to receiving completed forms and supporting information in due course.

Kind regards


Ian Serjeant
Churches Officer, Diocese of Gloucester

Cheltenham progress

We have now drawn up a budget based on the scheme we want to undertake. The next step is faculty and funding. We will shortly be presenting the scheme to the diocesan authorities so that it can be discussed and any queries sorted out before it is presented to the DAC.

Some of the bells have already been promised and we intend to offer packages for the other bells, fittings and framework tailored to suit both individual donors and corporate sponsorship. ...

Newbury Ringing Roadshow

Exaudite attended the Ringing Roadshow and had a fabulous response to their presence with some really positive leads for future work. It was really great to talk to a lot of people who I hadn’t seen since leaving the bellfoundry and to have their support and encouragement for Exaudite’s work

Andrew’s former employer – John Taylor & Co. – employed Exaudite to design and deliver their stand to the roadshow using a company called Skyline Whitespace; they spent the Friday setting up ...

Bell tuning in the USA pt 5

As well as the Taylor profile bell, Ben had cast a numbers of other small bells including one very thick carillon type treble bell sounding a high C. Although it was a sound casting, as is often the case, the bell had a split partial causing its tone to “wobble”. I was able to identify two nodes giving the two separate hum frequencies approximately 4 cents apart. Ben put a vertical ...
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