DING DONG: The Whitechapel bell foundry which has looked after our church bells and has been in the same premises in the East End of London since 1738 is to close this spring. The foundry has a proud history and can trace itself back to 1570 when Elizabeth I was on the throne and the Spanish Armada hadn’t yet attacked. The foundry also made Big Ben and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Falling sales have led to the decision to sell the site to developers but there is a move to persuade Historic England to list the buildings as Grade I instead of their present listing as Grade II*, which would mean the site is protected more carefully, even though part of the foundry itself (the part making tower and hand bells) can be moved to new premises. Waldron’s church bells are an important part of our village history just as they are in many churches and Cathedrals throughout the UK. Let’s hope the foundry can continue to operate and look after these very special items in our history.
SINGING FOR FUN: This informal choir meets again on Monday at 2pm at Cross in Hand Methodist church hall at the top of Firgrove Road. Car parking is in the hall car park a few yards down Firgrove Road. The group learn to sing favourite well-known songs and there is time for refreshments and a chat afterwards. There is a small charge to cover costs and everyone is most welcome to come.
FRIENDS AGM: The Friends of Waldron Churches will hold their annual general meeting today Friday17th March at 6.30 pm at All Saints’ to hear about the outcome of the various events FoWC has put on in the last year, learn from the treasurer what the current financial position is and from the Chairman and Committee the plans for the next year.
PUB NEWS: String Theory will be performing at the pub this Sunday at lunchtime. Next weekend will be Mothering Sunday and as there may be pressure on the restaurant with large numbers of families taking mothers out for a treat, it’s advisable to book your table in advance. The annual fundraiser for the Hospices, the Mad March Quiz, will be held at the Star on Monday March 27 and is always well-attended, so book your table early. As usual, teams may be up to six people.
SERVICES: This weekend’s services on Sunday (the third Sunday in Lent) are both at All Saints’ at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for Parish Matins followed by refreshments. This week’s meeting of the Parish Church Council has been postponed until next week, on Thursday March 30.
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