Worship

Sunday 10th September 2017

9.30 am Holy Communion

 

Sunday 24th September 2017

11 am  Harvest Festival

All donated produce will be taken to the Salvation Army Hostel for the Homeless in Ipswich

 

Bell Ringing

Bell ringing practice takes place at the church every 

Friday at 7.30pm.

Please contact David Stanford on 07711683792 for details.

New ringers very welcome

Prayer for the Month

“The Way It Is” There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread. William Stafford (1914-1993)

 

Bells

 

The tower of Clopton Church was badly cracked due to the movement of the bell-frame when the bells were rung. Regular ringing ceased many years ago. In 2009 the tower was repaired at a cost of £90,000. The old bell-frame could not be repaired so a new frame  was needed. 

There are six bells in the tower. The tenor, fifth, fourth, second and treble date from 1788, and the third from 1880.  They weigh from 5cwt to 12 cwt. To reduce the costs the bells were removed from the tower by volunteers. A new metal bell frame was installed in the tower by these volunteers, and they helped to rehang the newly restored and retuned bells.

If you are interested in learning to ring please contact us.

The new bell frame was made by Nicholson Bellhangers. Details of the bells are as follows:

Bell Diameter Weight Note Date Founder
Tenor 42 1/4 " 12 cwt G 1788 William and Thomas Mears, Whitechapel
Fifth 37 3/4" 8 3/4 cwt A 1788 William and Thomas Mears, Whitechapel
Fourth 34 7/8" 7 cwt B 1788 William and Thomas Mears, Whitechapel
Third 32 7/8" 6 cwt C 1880 Moore, Holmes and McKenzie, Redenhall
Second 31" 5 1/4 cwt D 1788 William and Thomas Mears, Whitechapel
Treble 29 1/8" 5 cwt E 1788 William and Thomas Mears, Whitechapel