Friends Bells and other Activities

OTHER ACTIVITIES AT ALL SAINTS’ CATHEDRAL

THE FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS’ CATHEDRAL

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The Friends of All Saints’ Cathedral was founded in 2000 to support the life and ministry of the Cathedral. The Patron of the Friends is the Bishop of Bathurst, the Right Reverend Ian Palmer.

The Aims if the Friends is as follows:

  • the repair, maintenance and enhancement of the Cathedral buildings and fabric,
  • The development of community interest and contact with the Cathedral,
  • To maintain contact with supporters of the Cathedral’s ministry, and
  • To exercise a ministry to tourists through support of the Cathedral guides.

The Friends organise several functions each year to raise funds to assist the work of the Cathedral.

Membership subscriptions range from $25 for single membership to $40 for families and $100 for corporate membership. Further information can be obtained from the Parish Office on 02 6331 4711.

RESTORATION OF THE CATHEDRAL WINDOWS

saints2 The current project of the Friends is to facilitate the restoration of the historic stained-glass windows of the Cathedral.

There are many unique features of the stained-glass windows and we are fortunate that preceding generations had the foresight to establish such a wonderful heritage for us. When it was realised that urgent repairs were needed to several of the windows, the Friends stepped in to help.

This will be an ongoing project for many years and donations would be gratefully received. Major individual donations will be acknowledged with a plaque adjacent to the appropriate window.

THE CATHEDRAL BELLS OF BATHURST

‘Become part of the history of Bathurst’

The City of Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia has the unique distinction of having a set of cathedral bells but no tower in which to house them.

Unfortunately, in the mid-1890s it was discovered that the foundations of the tower were becoming unstable because of the ringing of the bells. It was at this time that they ceased ringing them in the ‘full circle fashion’ and adopted the method of ‘striking’ the bells instead. No one alive has ever heard the bells rung in the manner for which they were originally designed.

When the old Cathedral tower was demolished in 1970, the six bells went into storage in the expectation that a tower would be built one day from which that would be rung again. They have since been refurbished by Taylors, Eyre and Smith of Loughborough, UK. Three new bells were purchased and all nine have been re-hung.

It was planned over six years to construct a new in the grounds of All Saints’ Cathedral in which the original six bells and three new ones would be housed. Indeed, this was the intention for the past thirty years.

Construction of the tower was completed by the end of April 2010. The Naming and Blessing of the Bells was 21st February 2009 at 11 am and the Official Opening and Dedication of the tower was on Saturday, 31st October 2009. Fundraising is continuing.

Further information on the Cathedral Bells of Bathurst Project is available at:

www.bathurstbellringers.org.au

Bell tower tours are available the first Saturday of each month from 10am and other times as advertised