The Augmentation to Twelve Bells

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When the bells were restored in 1997, provision was made in the frame so that another two trebles could be added in the future. That time is now upon us and the project to augment Saint John's ring of ten to twelve bells has recently been completed! The additional two bells were newly cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry so as to form a suitable extension to the existing ring, with the overall cost of the project being in the region of 13,000.

The fundraising is still continuing however, with all donations, peal and quarter peal fees going towards this project, which was carried out in memory of three ringers who ensured the success of the original restoration. Cyril Crossthwaite (tower captain for 45 years), Margaret (Peggy) Crossthwaite, and Alan Gardner were all dedicated ringers at Preston for many years, before their recent deaths.

The augmentation of the bells was also undertaken to celebrate Preston being granted City status by Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee festivities, as well as the church receiving Minster status from the Blackburn diocese. To commemorate these special events, the two new bells are known as "The City Bell" and "The Minster Bell", with their names making up part of their respective inscriptions.

Baptism of the new Bells

The two new bells were dedicated to the new City of Preston and to the Minster Church of Saint John the Evangelist in a ceremony by the Bishop of Lancaster, held in the Minster on 22nd November 2003.
The service involved Preston ringers and clergy and was attended by the Mayor of Preston, Minster parishoners as well as many ringers from the Preston Branch of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers.

The new bells at the Baptism, flanked by (L-R): Fr. Tom Davies (Assistant Parish Priest), Fr. Martyn Griffiths (Vicar),  Rt. Rev. Stephen Pedley (Bishop of Lancaster), Richard Palmer (Tower Captain), Coun. Neil Cartwright (Mayor of Preston)

How to Donate

If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the upkeep of the bells, please make cheques payable to "Preston Ringers Fund" and send it to:

Preston Ringers Fund
C/O Mr. V. Criddle
Drumacre Lane West



The Preston Ringers would like to express their gratitude to the following, for their support of the augmentation project.

The South Ribble Concert Band, for giving a packed Minster a wonderful performance on a cold November evening to raise money for the project.
  The two new bells on display in the Minster