Hawton (4, soon to be 8)
The parish have looked at an assortment of plans to either augment to six or possibly eight with a new frame. The new frame, for 10, is installed, along with new ringing room floor and access. Four bells are now ringable and the additional four are shortly to be lifted into the tower. A grant has been promised towards the cost of the work and Guild labour is involved.
An overhaul has taken place and go of the bells is much improved. There are issues with the sound level in the ringing room and these are being addressed – the use of Guild labour and a further grant towards this additional work are likely.
There are plans to install a ring of six. So far the guild has helped remove four bells from a redundant church in Wales that are intended for use on this project. We are currently trying to find two more bells that fit in with what we have. A grant has been promised towards the cost of the work and Guild insured labour has also been promised.
An inspection has taken place and recommendations have been made. Minor works are needed to return all the bells to a ringable condition.