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It’s been busy month for Plastic Free Calverton and lots of exciting news to share.
St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers
Last month I told you about the history of our oldest bell, the fifth of our six, which was made by Henry I Oldfield in about 1556. Now I want to introduce you to our next oldest bell, our present third bell.
This was cast by Henry II Oldfield, who was the son of Henry I Oldfield. He also worked from Nottingham and had his foundry in Bridlesmith Gate. The bell was cast sometime between 1580 and 1602, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). It bears the same founder’s mark as on his father’s bell.
A drawing of the mark accompanies this article. It was a Calvary Cross with the founder’s initials on either side and in the upper part a star and crescent, probably borrowed from the town seal.
The bell weighs 4cwt.2qtr.21lbs (238kg) and is 29.6″ (752mm) in diameter. It bears the inscription: GOD SAVE OUR QVEENE, which runs around the shoulder of the bell. The attached photograph shows the start and end of the inscription with the founder’s mark below it. The words have been impressed at quarter points in the bell mould before casting using curved plates each bearing one whole word. This suggests that the same inscription, or variations on it, was used on several bells
The bell still has its original canons – the loops cast on the top of the bell – by which it was originally fastened to its timber headstock. These canons are now tucked up inside the special cast iron headstock, fitted in about 1980, when the timber headstock failed. The new headstock allows the canons to be retained.
Our connection to the Oldfield’s does not stop at Henry II. The foundry stayed with the family in Nottingham for several further generations before being taken over by the Hedderley’s of Derby in 1748 as there was no male heir to continue the Oldfield line. The grandson of Henry II, George I Oldfield supplied a further bell to us in 1652. However, it is no longer in our tower in its original state; but more on this story when we come our fourth bell.
If you would like to be part of the history of St Swithun’s and help maintain our traditions and service, please come and join our friendly bell ringers. We meet on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.00pm and ring on Sundays at 9.00am or 9.30am. You will be most welcome to come and see what we do at these times.
Please do get in touch: we need your help to maintain ringing in our delightful village.
Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Woodborough Bridge Club
Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU
Celebrating 30 years of Bridge
Woodborough Village Hall – Thurs 6.45pm for 7.00pm start.
Days are getting shorter, autumn is with us, but it has its compensations. A sociable game of Bridge, a cup of tea and, and my guilty pleasure, a chocolate biscuit, all make for a pleasant way to spend an autumn evening.
Woodborough Bridge Club is now in full swing, with regular Thursday evenings available for all members and guests. Club matches have been organised against local opposition. Three teams represent the club in local leagues right through into the spring.
In the run up to Christmas we have two special events to look forward to:
Children in Need on 14 November where a special collection is made for the charity
The major event is our own Charity Bridge Drive which this year is in support of Headway , a local charity dedicated to helping those who have suffered a brain injury.
Wednesday 27 November from 12 noon till 4 o’clock in Woodborough Village Hall. Home- made cakes and refreshments will be served during the afternoon.
The entry fee is £10 and a raffle will also be held during the afternoon. All proceeds will be donated to Headway who have kindly offered the services of a volunteer who will give insights into the support they are able to offer. Places are limited but if any pair is interested in participating please contact email@example.com
If you are a potential bridge player and possibly interested in joining a club, why not come along and give us a try?
We meet in Woodborough Village Hall on Thursday evenings at 6.45pm.
For more information get in touch or see our website (details below).
Please contact Jane (0115 9652595) or firstname.lastname@example.org