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Thanks to our contractors, Heritage Cornwall Limited, we are able to offer you the opportunity to climb the scaffolding and admire the view from the top of the tower and look at the work being done to the tower and the castellations.
The climb will be supervised by the builders who recommend you wear sensible footwear and clothing.
This event, part of our Heritage Lottery Fund community effort will take place at 2pm on Friday 15th September.
To book your place please ring our churchwarden Oliver Trevelyan on 07795 516494. If the call switches to answerphone leave your name and telephone number and he will ring you back.
On Wednesday 23 August a trip to Bridport in Dorset was arranged to visit the Nicholsons Bell Works where St Veeps virgin peel of bells was being refurbished. The purpose of the visit was primarily educational and also to contribute to the fostering of community relations throughout the parish and beyond. Thus a coach load of 44 people set out from Lerryn at 0915hrs.
By midday we had reached Lyme Regis for a very pleasant lunch stop for an hour and a half, before setting off for the Bell Works. Arriving there at 1400hrs we spent a most interesting and informative two hours viewing the premises and learning of the technical processes involved in all aspects of Bell refurbishment. Some myths were dispelled and replaced with often more
fascinating facts, but ( if proof was needed) the reality of St Veeps virgin peel was confirmed beyond doubt for all.
After leaving Bridport it was back on the road again heading for the Dartmoor Lodge at Ashburton, where we had a most excellent carvery supper. Following the meal, due recognition and thanks were expressed to Carol Langmaid for organising such a highly successful and enjoyable day and also to Peter Bucknell, who has been the main driving force for St Veeps bell and bell tower restoration.
Then it was back on the coach heading for home but not without the inevitable merry sing song on the way. Arriving back in Lerryn all agreed that we had enjoyed a most splendid charabanc trip.
As part of our “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” celebrations we invited the whole community to St. Veep church on Thursday evening.
Our Virgin Bells were set out in the aisle of the church, this is the first time they have been on public display since they were refurbished by Taylors in 1936. In addition the dismantled bell frame showing distinct signs of rust was laid out in the churchyard.
We were delighted so many people came along to take advantage o this opportunity, we estimated at least 80 and maybe 100.
Refreshments were provided by the W.I., many thanks to Flynn and all her team and also yo the Supporters of St. Veep who provided a modicum of wine, coffee and soft drinks.
This made for an informative and convivial evening for a large number of the community and all of us at St. Veep would like to thank you for your support with the bell project.
The bells have now been laded on a lorry and should by now have arrived at the bell hangers foundry at Bridport.
Finally many, many thanks to the volunteers, to many to mention by name, who helped remove the bells and the frame from the tower.