Wells Bells

The ChanneI Islands’ Ringing Centre

Wells Bells are at at the heart of the Channel Islands’ Ringing Centre – a purpose built training venue – incorporating a Higby simulator with large TV running Abel and a 3 cwt peal of 8 which ring/turn as if they weighed 5 cwt. Wells Bells have now been installed by Matthew Higby & his team. They are contained in a totally soundproof purpose built structure so are available 24/7. They provide an easy practice facility for learners and a rewarding instrument for visiting & local peal/qtr peal/practice ringers.

Bell details:

Alderney wells bells wts

Bell Dia (ins) Dia (mm) Fin Wt Date Founder
1 14.6 371 0-3-0 2012 Whitechapel
2 15.5 394 0-3-23 2017 Matthew Higby & Co
3 16.5 419 1-0-10 2017 Matthew Higby & Co
4 17.5 445 1-0-11 2014 Whitechapel
5 18.5 470 1-0-25 2017 Matthew Higby & Co
6 19.5 495 1-2-0 1866 Taylor
7 21.33 542 1-3-11 1911 Mears & Stainbank
8 23.85 606 2-2-8 1968 Taylor

 

As expected from a Ringing Centre it includes a toilet, kitchenette, handbells, a video link from the bells to the ringing chamber and easy parking. The Ringing Centre will be used for Open Days, general recruitment activities and of course support training initiatives across the Channel Islands eg handling workshops, triples weekends and surprise major events.

Wells Bells is a sister peal to the new bells at St Mary’s, Dunmanway, Ireland. They are also similar to the popular ring at St Agatha’s in Portsmouth and were installed Sept 4-8th 2017. The inaugural ringing took place on Thurs Sept 7th 2017 & the first peal was on Oct 22nd when an invitation band rang Wells Delight Major: Helen, Peter, Stephen, Jenny, Mariko, Daniel, John Wells & June Wells 🙂