Appeal to Hang the Baines and Turner Bell

The Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers is raising money to fund the hanging of a bell to honour Tony Baines and Harold Turner.  Below is an appeal from Barbara Cattermole.

The Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers lost a very valued bell hanger, colleague and friend when Tony Baines died in January 2013. Over the years Tony had worked in over 190 different towers across East Anglia and hung around 500 bells, and his loss is sorely felt. Together with Lieut. Commander Harold Turner they both came into bell hanging later in life, after careers in engineering, and were a skilled and talented workforce. Harold sadly died in 2006.

Both Tony and Harold specialised in re hanging single bells, twos or threes, often in village churches where there was little money; they would charge what they felt the church could afford rather than what the job was worth and often gave their time and labour for nothing. For them the reward was not financial but for the many friends they made along the way and in knowing that bells, which would otherwise have remained silent, were back in good working order. They used their engineering skills to overcome problems and often undertook repairs which commercial bell hangers would have considered unviable. Although their legacy of restored bells extends across the Diocese and beyond, the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers would like to hang a bell in a church in South Norfolk, where they both lived, in memory of them and in recognition of their work.

A bell has been purchased but hanging it will cost in the order of £2,500. Any donations towards this lasting memorial to Tony and Harold would be most gratefully received from those of you, who now have a ring-able bell or bells in your church towers, and who were privileged to have known them.

If you do feel able to contribute, please write your cheque in favour of ‘The Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers’ and send it to the General Secretary (contact details can be found here).

Thank you.

Barbara Cattermole