Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

John Frank Levi - 'Skip' - Papworth MBE - Skip's Bell

Skip Papworth, for so long celebrated as such an integral part of Kelvedon life through his involvement with the Scouts, the School, the Church, Kelvedon Players and so many other groups and organisations, died peacefully on Wednesday, 26th June 2019, after a long illness.  

 

Sadly, in the same month as Skip’s funeral - at which a solitary bell was tolled - St Mary’s current 4th bell became cracked beyond repair. However, it can be recast using the existing metal and, as a fitting memorial to a great Kelvedon man, the bell ringers and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) have agreed to work towards that goal.

 

It is customary for church bells to be given names and, with the backing of Skip’s family, it is proposed that the recast bell should be named “Skip’s Bell”.

March 2021 - Skip's Bell

Introducing Skip's Bell- A fitting and proper tribute to a true Gentleman.

 

It has been many months since we began the fundraising campaign to raise the necessary capital to fund the re-casting of our old 4th bell which unfortunately cracked beyond repair.  I was delighted when the proposal put forward by the bell ringers to re-cast the bell in memory of our dear friend John 'Skip' Papworth MBE met with an enthusiastic favourable response from the local community and beyond.

 

The bell has now been cast by Britain's last surviving bell foundry John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough who are thankfully still busy casting bells not only for Churches in the 

UK but all over the world. The inscription from the old cracked 4th cast by John Briant of Hertford in 1803 has been incorporated into the inscription band of the new bell. Skip's bell is tuned to the note B flat to fit in with Kelvedon's octave of eight bells the largest of which (The Tenor Bell) weighs 19 cwt and is tuned to the note E flat. The new bell is made of an alloy of copper & tin (bell metal) and weighs approximately 8 cwt being 407 kg.  The bell will soon be fitted with its headstock, and work to install it within the tower will begin on the 8th of March lasting for two weeks.

 

The Tenor bell in itself is an item of significant national importance as it was cast for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by the Whitechapel Foundry which sadly closed in 2017.  

The bell sat on the South Embankment for the duration of the Exhibition and was then purchased by St Mary's Church when the old Tenor bell, cast in 1608 by Miles Graye 

of Colchester, cracked beyond repair. The oldest bell within the tower is currently the 7th bell which was also cast by Miles Graye of Colchester in 1615. Bells can last a very long time, and the opportunity for the casting of a new one is something special indeed. 

 

It will be a while longer before bell ringing can return to normal, but please do listen out as there will be occasions when the new bell will be test rung. We very much look forward to resuming our Tuesday Evening Practice and Service Ringing for Worship on Sunday mornings.

 

Our sincere and grateful thanks must go to our Churchwarden Simon Prideaux, The Essex Association of Change Ringers, Kelvedon Parish Council, Kelvedon WI and the many individual donors for their support and generosity.

 

 

John Elliott

Tower Captain

On behalf of the St. Mary's Bell Ringers and PCC

January 2021 - Skip's Memorial Bell

16th May 2020 - An update re Skip's Bell

The initial funding target mentioned below has now been achieved and the PCC is currently seeking a Diocesan Faculty to allow the work to proceed. 
 
The statutory Public Notice (and other supporting documents) relating to this can be seen by clicking on the files below.
Public Notice - Bell Faculty.docx
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Kelvedon Petition for Faculty - Re-cas[...]
Microsoft Word document [29.6 KB]
Bells Quotation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [316.4 KB]
New Bell Inscription.docx
Microsoft Word document [12.6 KB]
Bell frame drawing.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [10.2 MB]

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this project so enabling us to get to this crucial stage.

Skip's Bell - a lasting memorial

In his “From the Vicarage” letter in the August issue Simon Garwood recalled the many contributions to village life made by the late John “Skip” Papworth. One such contribution not mentioned was Skip’s role - in his younger days - as an accomplished bell ringer at St Mary’s Parish Church.

Sadly, in the same month as Skip’s funeral - at which a solitary bell was tolled - St Mary’s current 4th bell (originally cast by John Briant of Hertford in 1803 and weighing around 7 cwt,) became cracked beyond repair. However, it can be recast using the existing metal and, as a fitting memorial to a great Kelvedon man, the bell ringers and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) have agreed to work towards that goal.

It is customary for church bells to be given names and, with the backing of Skip’s family, it is proposed that the recast bell should be named “Skip’s Bell”.

Church bells are cast from a mixture of copper and tin (“bell metal”) by a process which has changed little in over 400 years. The renowned John Taylor & Co bell foundry at Loughborough have quoted for this complex task which involves removing the cracked bell from the tower, transporting it to their foundry for recasting and tuning, returning the recast bell to Kelvedon for dedication and then rehanging it in the tower (at which time various improvements to the supporting bell frame can also be completed).

The same foundry also cast the hand bell rung by Skip in his Town Crier duties so it seems especially poignant that “Skip’s Bell” should continue to ring out over his beloved village for centuries to come.

The cost of this specialist work will be approximately £13,000 + VAT. To raise this substantial sum, the bell ringers and the PCC - with the support of Skip’s family - have launched an appeal in Skip’s memory to which everyone who knew him is invited to contribute. The money will be held in the PCC’s restricted Bell Fund and, if the amount ultimately raised exceeds the cost of this project, the surplus will be held available to meet future maintenance costs of St Mary’s and its bells.

Donations of any amount will be most welcome. If you would like to contribute, please send your donation (by way of cash or cheque payable to Kelvedon Parish Church) to the Bell Tower Treasurer, Robert Wood at 21 Heron Road, CO5 9NE.

If you are a tax payer, a donation with Gift Aid makes your contribution even more valuable – Gift Aid envelopes in which to remit donations (or ongoing Gift Aid Declarations) are available at the church or from the Bell Tower Treasurer.

We hope that this appeal will receive widespread support to honour a remarkable man who gave so willingly to our community over so many years and represented so much of what is best in Kelvedon.

 

John Elliott

Tower Captain

    •••• WHAT'S ON••••

SERVICES WILL RESTART ON SUNDAY 18TH APRIL:

SUNDAY 18TH APRIL and Sundays thereafter:

  • 9.30 a.m. All Saints':  Said Holy Communion Service
  • 11.00 a.m. St Mary's: Said Holy Communion with music (Family Service on the first Sunday of the month)

 

REMEMBERING HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

There will be a Service of Commemoration for His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh at St Mary's Parish Church, Kelvedon on Friday 16 April at 6.00. p.m. More information can be found here: What's On

 

Weekly Night Prayer (Compline)    

Every Wednesday up to 28th April, all at 8.30 pm

 

Join Zoom Meeting:

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The Compline Night Prayer can be found on our Services page here:

Services

 

TEDDY BEAR CLUB CHURCHYARD SEARCH - 12TH - 17TH APRIL. More informaion can be found here: What's On

 

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