Ding-dong Easter for Gressenhall Church

THE congregation at Gressenhall parish church looks set to be summoned by two extra bells as they arrive for Easter worship.The new bells, cast just before Christmas at the Whitechapel foundry in London, have just been hung in the landmark steeple of the Church of the Assumption.

THE congregation at Gressenhall parish church looks set to be summoned by two extra bells as they arrive for Easter worship.

The new bells, cast just before Christmas at the Whitechapel foundry in London, have just been hung in the landmark steeple of the Church of the Assumption.

They take the total number of bells in the tower to 10 and have added poignancy because, as reported previously in the Times, they are inscribed in the memory of two people associated with the church: businessman and farmer Brian Cross and prolific change ringer Pauline Laing, from Whissonsett, who loved the Gressenhall bells and was a leading light in the appeal to augment the ring.

Church bells are traditionally silent in Holy Week, but tower captain Peter Adcock said ringers had already had a chance to try the ring of 10 soon after the extra bells were installed in their frame.

He added: “We are absolutely delighted with them - chuffed to bits. Everyone thinks they are wonderful.”

There will be a dedication service for the bells on Sunday, March 30 at 2.30pm, led by the long-serving rector, the Rev John Belham.