New bells for Trinity Ossett
One of the tallest Churches in Yorkshire has something else to shout about with the addition of two new bells to its belfry, making it one of only two belfries in the country to be able to ring 14 bells
Trinity Church Ossett, a Grade II* listed building dating from 1865, has become one of only two belfries in the UK with a 'ring of 14' bells, putting the small West Yorkshire town firmly on the map.
The work was carried out by Taylors of Loughborough, who cast the original eight bells for the Church in 1865. Eight became ten when the same bells were recast by their founders in 1934, with another two being added in 1988. The two extra bells have been installed over a complicated process lasting several weeks. Now that they’re in.
Vicar Paul Maybury says: ‘This is a great thing for Trinity Church to become part of an elite group of Churches who can ring 14 bells. We really want to encourage people to come and have a look at them and we’ve taken big steps in improving access to them. Hopefully this will draw people in, to discover all the treasures of the Church.’
The addition of the bells, which were funded by a private donor signifies the start of an 18 month development phase for the Church which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. ‘Trinity Church Heritage Education Project’ is designed to put the Church firmly on the tourist and heritage map. The project will bring to life the rich heritage of this stunning Victorian Church through conservation work of important original features, the creation of educational resources for schools and interpretation throughout the building, including the bell tower.
David Pygott is the Ring Master of Trinity Bells. Having started bell ringing himself at the age of four, he’s constantly on the look out for new members. ‘It’s a brilliant way to make music, keep you fit and stimulate your brain all at the same time. If you’re looking for a new hobby or have done bell ringing before, we’d love to hear from you. We’re a friendly bunch who really enjoy what we do and anyone who wants to give it a try is more than welcome.’
David also said that the addition of the two new bells will hopefully bring people flocking to Ossett from all over the country in order to have a go at ringing a peal in this historic Church. ‘It’ll really put Ossett on the map’ he said. We have added the two new bells to create a lightweight set of 10 bells as we are struggling to get enough people to ring the heavy 4 bells. But this will also give us a complete ring of 14 which up until now has only been available at Winchester and Birmingham’.
Tours will be available of the bell tower and school groups are especially welcome to come and see the bells and possibly be allowed a go themselves.
The bells will be dedicated in a special service at the Church on Sunday 7 October at Trinity Church. The service is 6.00 - 7.00pm and all 14 bells will be rung between 5.00 - 6.00pm and 7.00 - 9pm. All are welcome to come and take photos.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK, including £364m to 2,729 projects in Yorkshire & the Humber alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.