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A Tale of Two Bell Towers

December 5th, 2013

Bell Towers

2013 Whitchurch Canonicorum Flower Festival

June 12th, 2013

Bell Towers

The annual flower festival inside the famous West Dorset church of St Candida and the Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum is a visual treat. Not only is the church a uniquely fascinating and beautiful building, the displays are arrestingly clever and appealing.

The theme in 2013 was hobbies and pastimes, hence the decorated bicycle wheel between the lectern and the organ, and the shrine of St Wite turned into a homage to hiking.

This video shows some of the hard work put into the festival by volunteers and friends of St Candida.

First bell ringing on Chideock’s St. Giles viewing gallery since Victorian times

June 12th, 2013

Bell Towers

The bells of the tower of St. Giles church in Chideock fell silent for a month and a half recently, while work was carried out to install a new floor and viewing gallery in the bell tower.

Once installed, the Chideock Bell Ringers were keen to ring the bells for not only the first time in six weeks, but the first time on a viewing gallery since Victorian times.

We see captain of the bells, Dave Symonds, make the final adjustments to the height of the ropes, then secure them to the wheels which swing the bells in the tower. He then joins in the historic first ringing.

Bellringing in slow motion at Whitchurch Canonicorum

February 11th, 2013

Jonathan Hudston

Look to! I wonder if this is a first for Dorset: bellringers filmed in slow motion, at the church of St Candida and Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum. Black and white too.

The action starts with Mark Symonds, Captain of the Bells at Whitchurch, giving the traditional call of “Look to… treble’s going… she’s gone.”

Chideock Bellringers’ Annual Dinner at The Clock House Inn

February 11th, 2013

Jonathan Hudston

Chideock Bellringers – led by their captain Dave Symonds – gather in The Clock House Inn to make merry. Among the subjects cropping up: how to persuade young people that bellringing is cool; and what to do with 30 acres of potatoes.

Chideock & Whitchurch Canonicorum bellringers celebrate 2013

January 31st, 2013

Jonathan Hudston

If you live in Chideock or Whitchurch Canonicorum, or  in the Marshwood Vale, or in Bridport or Lyme Regis, there’s a very good chance that you’ll know somebody in this video, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

It’s also – I think – a good illustration of the pleasures of bellringing, which, needless to say, don’t always actually involve bells.

This video was filmed in Chideock late on December 31, 2012, and early in the morning of 1 January, 2013, but there’s much more to it than just ringing out out the old year, and ringing in the new.

For example, it’s also about how traditions get carried on. Dave Symonds, Captain of the Bells at Chideock, tells how he was encouraged to learn ringing, growing up as a boy in Whitchurch Canonicorum.

Will any of the spectators pictured in this video be inspired one day to take up bellringing? Will you? New recruits are always made very welcome. Watch and see!

A few explanatory notes: the bells are muffled before midnight, and then, as you see in the video, Dave Symonds performs the potentially dangerous task of taking the muffles off.

Dave is also well known as a very experienced thatcher, hence the joke in the video about his interest in people’s roofs.

The pub just over the road from the church of St Giles is The Clock House. People do sometimes stand outside to enjoy the sound of the bells.

Let steeple bells be swungen!

December 22nd, 2012

Jonathan Hudston

An excerpt from Ding Dong Merrily On High, sung by the choir at St Candida and Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum at the Christmas Carol service (December 20, 2012).

Bellringers put Christmas lights on Whitchurch Canonicorum church tower

December 22nd, 2012

Jonathan Hudston

This is fun. Captain of the bells Mark Symonds, his father Michael and fellow Whitchurch Canonicorum bellringers Dave Green and Sam Milburn put up the Christmas lights around the top outer edge of the bell tower of the church of St Candida and Holy Cross.

George Smith gives Christmas tree to Whitchurch Canonicorum

December 22nd, 2012

Jonathan Hudston

Here’s a video to show George Smith putting up the Christmas tree in the church of St Candida and Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum. George – who’s just turned 80 – started singing in the choir at Whitchurch when he was a boy. He says in the video that he’s donated the tree so as to make “a little contribution” to the church and the village.

George’s wife Nanette and grandaughter Jessica help him carry the tree into the church. His friend Ken Tubbs helps him put it up. “Pretty good!” says Ken with satisfaction. See what you think…