The two new bells were dedicated by Bishop Bill Ind, of Truro Diocese.
The eight bells (now numbers 3 to 10) were installed in 1907 and replaced three original bells. Canon Diggens, vicar at the time, was instrumental in organising the new peal. At this time space was left for two more bells to be added later.
The opening ceremony on May 9th 1907 was performed by the then Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Treloar, a Cornishman, so 2007 marked the centenary of their installation. The tower clock was installed at the same time.
All ringers welcome
At the moment we ring mainly rounds and call changes, with some simple method such as plain hunt.
We had a good ring on all 10 bells at St. Keverne. The bells were going nicely and our new ropes, as well as looking smart in Cornish colours of yellow and black, seemed to make the ringing easier.
We had been aware that the old ropes were quite worn in places and were coming to the end of their lives, so, about a year ago we ordered a new set of ropes. We are really pleased with our new ropes, which arrived just before Easter. They were blessed by the Revd Mike Archer at the beginning of the Sunday Service on 1st May, while the congregation gathered around.
As well as being easier to see than the old ones, they will be easier to maintain. The old ropes were made of hemp which, being a natural fibre, would change length according to the weather — in dry weather they would become long and stretchy, while wet weather caused the fibres to swell and the ropes become stiff and short. The result would be that during wet or dry periods we would have to climb up to the bells to alter the lengths of the ropes. The new ropes are made mainly of Terylene (apart from the parts we hold — natural fibres are still best for this!) which does not react to the weather, so there won't be the need for adjustment as before.
We are always looking for new (or returning) ringers so, if you are interested in finding out more, or coming back to ringing, we would love to see you. See above for contact information.
|3||Good Christians all, obey our Call||28"||E||5-1-1|
|4||To Church repair, for Praise and Prayer||28¼"||D#||5-1-3|
|5||Your Sins confess, your thanks express||30½"||C#||6-0-0|
|6||Here intercede, for all in need||33"||B||7-0-9|
|7||God's Word receive, his Truth believe||35¾"||A||8-0-15|
|8||Frequent the feast, of Christ your Priest||37½"||G#||9-2-17|
|9||What He doth give, take, eat and Live||41¾"||F#||12-3-8|
|Tenor||I to the Church the Living call,
and to the Grave do summon all
Round the crowns of 8, 9 & 10 are the names of former Vicars and Churchwardens.
|Treble||To Commemorate The 3rd Millennium of Our Lord
From the People of St. Keverne Parish
|2||(As for the treble)|
|3||Ring On Sweet Angelus To God`s Sole
Glory Leading St. Keverne`s Praise
|4||The Sandys Bell Dedicated To Glory Of God
By The Present Members Of The Sandys Family
|5||To The Glory Of God And In Loving Memory Of George And Elizabeth Jevons
Of Liverpool. This Bell Is Given By Their Son G.Walter Jevons of Rosuick Cottage
|6||In Memory Of George Williams 1891 And Charlotte Mary Horton His Wife 1891
Both Of Lanarth In This Parish. This Bell Is Given By Their Son P.D.Williams
|7||In Memory Of The Family Of Thomas Worthington King. Formerly Of Cincinnati
Ohio. U.S.A. All Lost On The Mohegan. October 14.1898
|8||This Bell Was Recast At The Expense Of John Williams Of Ealing W.
Formerly Of Chyreene In This Parish
|9||The Completion Of This Peal Is Largely Due To The Help Of
Mrs. Sandys (Lanarth St. Kew) J.C. Daubuz (St. Kea) And T.H. Dennis (Liverpool)
|Tenor||The Three Old Bells In This Tower Were Recast And The Present Peal Completed A.D. 1907.
G.C. Knowles Churchwarden
E.J. Levton Spry Treasurer
On Ascension Day 1907, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese paid his first visit to the parish for the purpose of dedicating the Bells and the Clock. With him came the Lord Mayor of London, the High Sheriff of Cornwall and three local Mayors, all to proclaim the bells open for use in the service of God.
The service was followed by a sumptuous Luncheon attended by the dignitaries and later in the afternoon tea was provided for 1000 people.
As many of you will remember the eight bells were further augmented to ten in 2001 as a celebration of the millennium, again the villagers made a really grand effort in raising the necessary funds. The two new bells now take the treble and second positions. St. Keverne is now one of three towers in Cornwall having a peal of Ten Bells and as such gets quite a number of visiting bands of ringers.