DEDICATION OF A RING OF BELLS
From the Bell News Vol 11, Issue 552, page377,
Friday 28th October1892
A little more than a year ago, an idea was started that a church
possessing such a fine tower as Embleton ought to have a peal of bells.
This idea was well taken up by the parishioners, and after nine months
of begging, a bell committee was formed, and Messrs. Mears and
Stainbank, the well-known Whitechapel firm, undertook to put in a new
peal of six bells, including an old bell of uncertain date, but
probably locally cast, which had hitherto been the sole cause of
calling people to church. Friday, October 28th, St. Simon and St.
Jude’s day, was fixed for the dedication festival. Proceedings
commenced by an official luncheon at the vicarage, when Canon Osborn,
the Vicar of Embleton, entertained the Lord Bishop of Newcastle, the
Rev. C. Buston (assistant-priest), the three churchwardens, J. Coates,
Esq., J. Forster, Esq., Mr. J. Thompson, the ringers (a select band of
the Durham and Newcastle Association), and three guests : Sir Edward
Grey, Bart., M.P. for the Berwick division, the Rev. W. M. Richardson,
Vicar of Ponteland, and the Rev. W. H. Connor, Vicar of Alnwick.
The dedication service was held at 2.30 p.m., under the belfry
The Bishop first of all committed the bells to the Vicar, and bade him
take heed that they were to be ever and only used in God’s service, and
for His glory. Then, turning to the churchwardens, he bade them take
notice that the bells were committed to the custody of the Vicar of the
parish, to be used only with his consent, and subject to the ultimate
control of the Bishop. The ringers then rang a plain course of Stedman
Doubles, and the Bishop and Clergy made their way to the chancel. The
psalms used were 122 and 150, and the lesson taken from the usual and
well-known 10th chapter of Numbers. The hymns were the old bell hymn, “
Now at length our bells have mounted,” and “ O God, whom veiled Angels
and Archangels adore.” The anthem, “ Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem,"
preceded the sermon, which was preached by the Lord Bishop from the
text Rev. viii. 1.: “ There was silence in Heaven about the space of
half an hour.” The offertory amounted to £9, A public tea was
afterwards held in the schoolroom, and realised £3 5s. 9d.
Immediately after service, the select band of ringers of the
Newcastle Association rang a well-struck 5040 in in seven different
Minor methods. The official report of this performance will be found in
its proper place.
the most northern place in England where a 5040 has yet been rung.
The bells reflect the greatest credit on Messrs. Mears and
whose reputation for a musical ring of bells, as well as for splendid
hanging, has been well sustained in this, their most recent production.
The bell committee take this opportunity of thanking most warmly Mr. R.
S. Story and the other members of the Durham and Newcastle Association
for their great kindness in coming over to Embleton to open the new
ring of bells. They would also like the ringers to know that from all
parts of the parish, and even outside of it, there is but one
expression of opinion as to the excellent ringing on the occasion, the
striking being most wonderfully true, and the musical effect most
pleasant to listen to, in fact it is not too much to say that it will
be many a long day before their performance is forgotten by the
It is only just to say that though all the bell committee worked
special thanks are due to J. Craster, Esq., Treasurer, who gave all the
orders to the bell founders and other contractors for the necessary
work, and conducted the business transactions throughout, and to Miss
Osborne, who not only assisted the Treasurer in writing a large number
of letters of a begging character, but also did a great deal of the
work in the various arrangements necessary in the undertaking of so big
a task as “getting money" for a peal of bells. This meant in this case,
both an American Fair, as well as a sale of work, after the style of an
old English Fayre. Throughout the whole the exertions of the Rev. C.
Buston were unflagging, and, while it may be stated that he was the
originator of the idea, he with his co-workers are to be heartily
congratulated upon the very successful result they have brought about.
End of article
|From the Bell News Vol 11, Issue 552, page382,
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 1892
This number of “ The Bell News” contains accounts of two
re-openings, one at Chobham, in Surrey, the other at Embleton, in
Northumberland. The latter, which was the augmentation of three bells
to a ring of six, appears to have been successful through the
enthusiasm of one of the Churchwardens, the daughter of the Vicar, and
the Assistant-Priest of the parish, the Rev. C. Buston, who all exerted
themselves to the utmost in the collection of the necessary funds,
which, as our correspondent says, was a big task. We shall hope that
the local ringers will show their appreciation of such endeavours by
striving with all their might to become expert ringers.
End of article