Celebrations ring out as new bells dedicated at old church at Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Craven Herald: NEW ARRIVALS: parishioners at St Oswald’s Church take delivery of the two new bells which will add to the four bells already in place NEW ARRIVALS: parishioners at St Oswald’s Church take delivery of the two new bells which will add to the four bells already in place

St Oswald’s Church at Horton-in-Ribblesdale will hold a weekend of celebration to mark the arrival of two new bells.

Its four existing bells have been complemented by two additions, bought from All Saints’ Church, High Wycombe.

They arrived at the church earlier this month and were installed by Taylors of Loughborough. They will be dedicated at a special festival service next Sunday – Mothers’ Day – at 3pm.

It will bring to an end a weekend of celebration, which will start with a concert by Earby Brass Band next Friday at 7.30pm and will be followed by tea, coffee and cakes served in church next Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

A fundraising campaign, launched last year, has paid for transport and installation costs, repairs to the bell tower and a new floor, while the bells themselves have been purchased using money from a bequest.

The church – said to be the most complete Norman church in the Yorkshire Dales – has had three bells since the 17th century, which were originally housed in an oak bell frame made by Thomas Mallerby.

In 1995 the bells were repaired and rehung on the new frame, capable of taking up to six bells.

A fourth bell, cast by Mears and Stainbank in 1896, was installed in 1998 and tuned to D flat. The latest additions date from 1802 and 1909 and are tuned to F sharp and G sharp respectively.

Meanwhile, the church’s enthusiastic team of bellringers – which practices on a Monday evening – is looking for new members.

“We look forward to welcoming ringers from far and wide now that the ring of six bells is in place and offers such a satisfying ringing experience,” said parochial church council secretary Margaret Barker.

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