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 tower. 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 Durham and 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. Embleton is the most northern place in England where a 5040 has yet been rung.

  The bells reflect the greatest credit on Messrs. Mears and Stainbank, 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 Embletonians.

  It is only just to say that though all the bell committee worked hard, 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.

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From the Bell News   Vol 11, Issue 552, page382,


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.

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