[Bell Historians] CBC

matthewhigby at aol.com matthewhigby at aol.com
Sun Oct 13 17:15:24 BST 2013

We are having extreme problems with SPAB locally. One local project has ended up with a perfectly satisfactory restoration being axed and the bells are now being rehung on second hand timber headstocks. Also the frame foundation is being repaired with stainless steel, resin, slate and nylon wedges as opposed to a new steel foundation which was originally proposed by a notable structural engineer. 

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On 11 Oct 2013, at 22:54, Robert Lewis <editor at ringingworld.co.uk> wrote:

> At 17:41 11/10/2013, Peter wrote:
>> I think it would be hard to justify not allowing SPAB the opportunity to argue their case.  The important point is making sure that they aren't the only interest group represented, and don't have a veto.
> Well it is interesting to contrast the make-up of the Bells Committee with the Organs Committee;  the Organs Committee seems to be populated almost entirely with organists of one description or another (no sign of SPAB there!),
> whereas the Bells Committee includes several non-ringers, including the Chairman (who - charming and sensible though he may be - is an organist!).
> Maybe this says something about the Church's attitude to ringers as opposed to organists, and bells as opposed to organs.  Interesting that there are no fewer than four Organ Builders on the Organs Committee and no representation whatsoever from the bell trade on the Bells Committee. Maybe it is not for the want of trying? (Although I suspect not).
> Arguably organs are a much more visible part of the church 'fabric' than bells ... and, one might have thought, more likely to attract the attentions of SPAB than bells & bellframes.  
> But should we be particularly worried about all this?  Do these committees have any real power, influence or importance?
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