The tower at St Andrews has an ancient peal of 5 bells. These bells have not been
rung for about 40 years because of broken components in the mechanism, and doubts
over the safety of the attachment of the bellframe to the tower masonry.
It is the aim of the PCC to restore the peal of bells to a state where they can once
again ring out over the village as they did for several hundred years.
We have various options.
1. To restore the existing bellframe and maintain the old Oak frame.
2. To replace the original frame with a steel one which would allow the addition
of a sixth bell (increases the possibilities for ringing).
In either case a new ringing gallery would have to be built in the tower , above
the newly installed toilet facilities.
This is an extremely expensive project and will require years of fundraising. It
is hoped that some of the money can be raised from heritage grants and the like.
Vacancy (formerly known as “Interregnum”)
Reverend Canon Karen Jongman left our benefice in January of this year after 14 years
as priest in charge. We are therefore “in vacancy” as a replacement priest is sought.
The PCCs (parochial church councils) have met and discussed our requirements for
a new incumbent, and so we hope to engage someone on a part-time basis. (Rev. Karen
This inevitably means that the benefice must raise more money each year to pay for
this. This is why we have asked villagers to commit more money to the church.
The Installation of Rev. David Bent as priest in charge, and licensing of Rev. Helen
Bent as associate priest in the benefice of Walgrave with Hannington, Old and Scaldwell
will take place on 2 March 2019 at 11.00am at St. Andrew’s Old.