[Bell Historians] Re: Bootle / old Dove; permanent bell restration and rescue groups.

Peter Furniss p.furniss1 at v...
Wed May 21 21:19:52 BST 2003

I hesitate to correct Giles but I think he will find it is incorrect to
attribute the hanging of the Everton bells at Bootle to the MBRG although
the work might have been done by an embryonic group. Phil Irvine is the name
which is always mentioned in connection with that job although on exactly
what basis I know not. He missed Garston out of the list of jobs which
should be attributed to the MBRG.
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> From: "Alan J.Birney" <fartwell2000 at y...>
> The bell Restoration group acheived what they set out to do-
> restore a set of steel bells that were in a scrapyard and hang them
> in a bell-less church. What the pre fire Dobson six were like, I
> have no idea
> Alan >>
> - Just for the record, the Merseyside Bell Restoration Group (MBRG) (as it
> then wasn't) were even more successful than Alan thinks.
> They removed the 8 bells from Emmanuel, Everton.
> They removed the 6 steel bells from Christ Church, Bootle.
> They installed the Everton bells at Bootle.
> They installed and augmented (initially with 2 rescued steel trebles, and
> later with the Eijsbouts bronze trebles, which by all accounts are
> better than the steel trebles) the Bootle steel bells at Hale.
> If this had been all they had done, then ringing in Merseyside (?and
> nationally) would be forever in their debt. But I think that MBRG has
played a leading
> role in the Rainhill RC replacement, Rainhill Anglican installation,
> and Tuebrook rehangings, as well as rescuing complete rings from Widnes
> Waterbrook (Rossendale, Lancs) and a chime from St Mary's RC, central
> But just to spoil the picture, I must flag up the acrimony about work
> that came to light towards the end of MBRG involvement in the Tuebrook
> As far as I know (and I would be delighted to be proved wrong and
> only Huntingdonshire has such an active voluntary bunch of bell restorers.
> there room in the RW for a write up comparing and contrasting the
> and failures of groups like this? Is there, if it comes to that, a case
> some sort of article on the 'permanent' voluntary organisations in bell
> restoration? Keltek and various bell restoration/repair funds come to
> Cheers
> Giles
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